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John Donahoe Obituary
John Donahoe Of Doylestown, formerly of Jenkintown, passed away July 24, 2012. He was 88 years old. John was recently preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene, with whom he had shared 65 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Maribeth Gilligan (Dan), Joann Desris (Al), Kathie (Marty Dattner), Margaret Bythrow (Mark), Theresa (John Nestor), Richard (Dianne), Rosie Lang (Rick), Dyan Hegerich (Fred), and Ceal Corbett (Chris), and will be dearly missed by his 30 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson, Matthew Bythrow. "Pop Pop" cherished all of them beyond measure. John was the endeared brother of Dr. Francis Donahoe and Mary Donahoe. John was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Joseph's High as senior class president. He left Ashland to work at Calco Chemical in Bound Brook, NJ, and was then drafted into the Army. He met his wife in Oklahoma at a USO dance before he was sent to Europe, where he went missing in action, was captured, and a prisoner of war. Several articles were published by Montgomery Newspapers about his experiences during the war. He received many awards and medals including the Purple Heart with a cluster and the Bronze Star with a cluster. When he was finally discharged, he returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma to marry Irene. They began their married life in Philadelphia, later moving to Elkins Park, and eventually Jenkintown, while raising their nine children. John studied engineering at Drexel University, but actually worked in business management for the U.S. Postal Service for 41 years. He was manager of Germantown Post Office, and later postmaster of Elkins Park Post Office. John was dedicated to his family and church, and involved extensively in his community. He was the lector at Mass at Immaculate Conception Church for many years, and collected for the Catholic Charities Appeal for 27 years. He was a member of the American Legion for more than 40 years. He was a past commander and treasurer of the Jenkintown Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He was also a past chief and volunteer firefighter with Ogontz Fire Company for 42 years, and the Pioneer Fire Company for 25 years. He was happiest when discussing his children and grandchildren. He is best described by his granddaughter as a kind, light-hearted, driven, loving, brave, and proud man. Funeral Mass Sat., 10:30AM, Immaculate Conception Church, Jenkintown. Visitation 9:00 AM. Interment St. John Neumann Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be sent to , 1626 Locust St, Philadelphia. PA 19103. Joseph J McGoldrick Funeral Home, Jenkintown

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on July 26, 2012
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