Ann Ryan Donohue

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Donohue, Ann Ryan DELMAR Ann R. Donahue, age 96, daughter of Margaret Bray and William Tilden Ryan, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Delmar. Ann was born on August 17, 1915 in Albany and was married for 61 years to the late Paul F. Donohue, residing in Delmar and Bolton Landing. She was predeceased by her husband in 2003, her son Michael in 1994, and her sister Peggy Decker in 1985. She is survived by her sons, Paul Donahue Jr. of Albany, William Donahue (Anette) of Homer, Alaska and Daniel Donahue of Vienna, Va., and by her daughter Mary Donahue Smith (Victor) of Westerlo. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandsons as well as as many nieces and nephews. She was joyously awaiting three great-granddaughters this summer. Ann led a full and active life from start to finish. She skiied with her family and bicycled in many countries for many years with her husband. Most winter weekends were spent enjoying cross-country skiing in Lake Placid where she held a lifetime season pass at the Van Hoevenburg cross-country ski venue. She decided to give up skiing at age 90, following a winter ski trip to Switzerland. She was an active runner into her 80s and was a regular walker of three to five miles daily until recently. Her proudest athletic accomplishments with her annual swims to open and close the summer seasons at her beloved Lake George, a tradition of icy plunges every Memorial Day and Columbus Day begun decades ago with her lifelong friend, Vera Hinman. She continued this tradition following Vera's passing, including Memorial Day 2010. Ann also swam twice weekly at the Jewish Community Center pool until July 2010. Ann graduated from the former Vincentian Institute and the College of St. Rose in 1936 where she was voted Class Poet and worked on her graduate studies at New Paltz Normal School. She excelled and developed a lifelong love for reading and writing. She published articles in a number of Catholic publications, including "Catholic Digest" and "Torch." She wrote scripts and help to direct a Christmas program about St. Colman's Home and St. Peter's Hospital which aired on WRGB. She also wrote for Catholic rosary program on WTEN. She worked as a teacher and social worker in Albany County and St. Joseph's school in Arbor Hill, where she later volunteered as a reading tutor and librarian and later at St. Ann's in the south end of Albany. Ann and her husband were instrumental in setting up the special education program at the College of St. Rose as well as the day program for handicapped children at St. Colman's Home. Ann married Paul F. Donohue in 1942, following his graduation from Albany Law School. Following Paul's enlistment in the Navy, they began raising their family of four sons and one daughter. They traveled extensively with the family, and in later years on their own to interesting and exotic places throughout the world. Regardless of where they travelled, Ann and Paul always maintained that nowhere in the world was more beautiful than Lake George the queen of American lakes where they maintained a vacation home. A funeral Mass and celebration of her life will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Delmar Place, Delmar on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Friends and relatives may call between 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave. in Delmar. The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to St. Colman's Home 11 Haswell Road, Watervliet, NY 12189.
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Applebee Funeral Home
403 Kenwood Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
518- 439-2715
Published in Albany Times Union on May 6, 2012
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