Helen Florence (Zannoni) Donoghue
1934 - 2020
{ "" }
Share Helen's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Helen Florence Donoghue passed away on April 5, 2020 in Folsom, CA surrounded by her family. Born Helen Zannoni January 25th, 1934 in Holyoke, MA, Helen was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother who especially cherished her Sunday night dinner gatherings with family. In April 1955, she married Jack Donoghue, an Air Force pilot, which meant moving regularly in service to the country. The family settled in Merced, CA where Helen was a nurse at Mercy Hospital for 23 years. She maintained friendships with those from Merced and would light up when her special friends would call or they could visit together.
Helen enjoyed knitting, quilting and crafting. She was an excellent cook who wouldn't allow any meal to end without a homemade dessert, a cup of coffee, and a game of some sort. A lifelong New England sports fan, she suffered for years before celebrating that she lived long enough to see the Red Sox win a World Series, and continued to enjoy the Patriot's Super Bowl victories even when some around her had had enough.Like her mother Florence Zirkle, Helen always dressed stylishly; her signature look of cropped pants and wildly colored, calf-length socks rocked!
She was a devout Catholic, and an active member of various Catholic churches, most recently serving as a Eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist parish in Folsom.
Helen was predeceased by her brother Robert Zannoni and is survived by her husband of 64 years Jack, her children Mark, Lisa, Michelle, and John Michael, sons-in-law Dave and Ed, and granddaughters Christina and Elizabethas well as numerous relatives in New England. When asked who her favorite was Helen would smile wryly and say "I know…but I'm not telling!". She was a master of expressing her opinion without saying a single word, to the point her family could even read her pursing her lips or rolling her eyes over the telephone. But most of all they remember the kind, witty, charming, and incredibly giving lady that would do anything she could to bring happiness to others.
We love you little Mom. Rest in Peace.
Services will be held at a later date.
Published in "Folsom Telegraph, The" on Apr. 16, 2020.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
5 entries
July 1, 2020
Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your home in Merced was my second home. Your mom and dad were like parents to me. It saddens me to hear of your mom's death, but warms my heart to know she was surrounded by so many loved ones. I hope you and the rest of the family are doing well.
David Tucker
May 31, 2020
April 22, 2020
So sorry for your loss Michelle. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

The Perkins
April 21, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Helen. May the God of peace and comfort be with the family during this most difficulty time.
April 18, 2020
Jack and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this new path in the journey of life.
Pat Zanetta
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences