Colleen Smith
Smith, Colleen (Nee Donahue ) Loving wife, proud mother, dynamic businesswoman and God's faithful servant, Colleen Smith of Brookfield was born into the emerald isle of eternal life on April 24th at age 51. But right up until that very moment, Colleen lived. Oh, how she lived! She centered her life on God and family, and cherished each moment with her best friend, and husband of 29 years, Dan, and her remarkable sons Mark and Greg. Colleen's award-winning marketing and public relations company, Emerald Isle, was a natural extension of her Catholic faith and her Irish heritage. The clients were sometimes dressed in vestments, and there was always cold Guinness in the staff room fridge. Her work ethic was exhausting; her expectation was perfection; her goal was to "over-deliver." And the firm's annual New Year's card included a countdown to St. Patty's Day. Colleen was a dedicated servant at St. John Vianney Parish: Parish council member, committee chair, tireless volunteer and creator of the enormously successful Summer Service Series, a unique outreach opportunity for families. The eldest child of Patricia and Tom Donahue, Colleen was born in Butler, WI, attended St. Agnes Grade School, Pius High School ('80), and earned her Journalism degree from Marquette University ('84), and her MBA from Cardinal Stritch University ('92). Colleen's career began at WTMJ in Milwaukee; she worked as a reporter for The Daily Oklahoman, as a public relations director for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and for the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, before founding her own company. Colleen is survived by Dan, Mark and Greg, and her father Thomas Donahue of Wauwatosa. Cherished sister of Kathleen (Michael) Schmainda of Elm Grove; Thomas (Tammy) Donahue of Brookfield; and Sharon (Bob) Hudy of West Allis. Dear daughter-in-law of Dorothy and Gene Smith of Iron Mountain, MI, and sister-in-law of Lawrence (Cheryl) Smith of Iron Mountain, Teri (Phillip) Dougherty of Waukesha, and Joseph Smith of Iron Mountain. Amazing aunt to 14 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother Patricia Donahue. There will be no funeral visitation, but please join us for a celebration of Colleen's life. Friday, May 2nd. St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1755 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. 2:30 Rosary. 3:00 Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Colleen's name to Saint Francis de Sales Seminary. "God's plan is unimaginably perfect." - Colleen Smith
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 27, 2014.
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1755 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI
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"To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever."
Terri Konrath
April 21, 2020
I am so very sorry for the loss of such a bright light of goodness. As a representative of Catholic Relief Services in the Midwest, I had the privilege of working with Colleen and, as all of her clients would attest, I am the better for it. Please accept my deep condolences and prayers for overcoming your loss. I am quite certain Colleen no longer needs our prayers. My hope is she is praying for us. God bless her loving family and many close friends.
Ted Larkin
May 27, 2014
Dan ,Mark,Greg,
We will always remember Colleen's beautiful smile and incessant energy. The Rohde family cherishes the wonderful memories of our times with your family, especially the ice rink out the back door. :-)
Kevin and Sharon Rohde
May 5, 2014
Heartfelt condolences. May Colleen rest in Christ's peace.
Fr. Michael Witczak
May 3, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Colleen's passing. I worked with her for several years when I was at WICPA. She was a sweet and smart lady. She will be missed greatly.
Sherry Albrecht
May 2, 2014
Dear Sharon

My heart just aches and breaks for you and your family. I knew something was not right when you had to leave the service at MQH early on Good Friday, and you were not at the Easter Vigil at St. Aloysius. Laurie Cosson took the time to explain the situation to us at last night's choir rehearsal. In reading through the story of Colleen's life in this week's Catholic Herald, I truly believe that she was a "good, faithful and dedicated servant of the Lord". Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and, that if you ever need to talk, I am here for you. I still have my up and down moments of grief over my Mom, and she has been gone now for almost 12 years. Colleen is now at peace, resting in the arms of her loving Lord and Savior.
Gerald Schmidt
May 2, 2014
Dan, Mark and Greg,

We pray that the joyous memories or such a wonderful wife, mother and friend will help put a smile on your face and ease your sorrow.

God Bless - Beth and Casey Spelman and Family
May 2, 2014
My parents, Dave and Jan Waldron, were friends with Tom and Dave Donahue's families. I remember the kids names as we did get together at times when we were very young. I am 52, so very close to Colleens age and we have two daughters a little older than your sons - I can not imagine what you are all going through. It sounds like Colleen lived her life to the fullest - God bless all of you. My prayers are with you. Terri Konrath
Terri Konrath
May 1, 2014
Dan,
I was sorry to hear about the passing of Colleen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. I wish for you the peace and comfort of God. Colleen was so kind and personable. I know you have wonderful memories of your life with her.
Pam Bell
May 1, 2014
Our family lived next door to the Donahue's and enjoyed a friendship for many years. I used to babysit for Colleen, Kathleen, Tommy & Sharon. I will always remember the deep love in the family and the fun we all shared. We send our love at this very sad time. May God bring you peace and comfort.
Marcia Smiltneek
April 30, 2014
Colleen was a great source of guidance for me, as I built my own business. We met for many coffees to share challenges and successes. Always supportive. Always generous. -- Don Becker
April 30, 2014
God and peace be with all of you. -Janine Wereley
April 30, 2014
I was very sad to hear the news of Colleen's passing. I went to grade school with Colleen and she was my very first girlfriend in 2nd grade. I used to ride my bike across the Butler bridge to go play catch with her in her front yard and her parents made us Hot Chocolate. It is very apparent that she became quite an accomplished individual who had a very positive impact on this world. She will really be missed.
jim fisher
April 30, 2014
Our deepest sympathy and God's peace to find strength. She will always be with you. Nancy & Dennis Ponozzo
April 29, 2014
May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Psalms 145:18,19
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April 29, 2014
Dan and your entire family,
I am sorry for your loss, the passing of Colleen. That was a beautiful tribute to her life. I am sure she will be deeply missed.
Our prayers are with you.
Love,
Mike and Bev Smith
April 29, 2014
Dear Dan and family, we met you at Marquette and grew to know you more through shared friends. Colleen always had a smile on her face and laughter on her lips. What a great woman she was! We will keep your family in our prayers. Sincerely, Don(Doc) and Nancy(Kerns) Klain
April 28, 2014
Dear Smith Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you be comforted by family, friends and wonderful memories of Colleen.
Love.......Mark, Cindy, Anna and Sam weber
April 28, 2014
Dan and Family,
From all of us at Star, please accept our sincerest regrets for your loss. We've seen you two for many years and can't express enough about the joy Colleen gave you and all of us when we were around her!
Cheers to her life.
David Alexander
April 28, 2014
Dear Dan, and family, "May God Keep you Strong during this very sad time in life." My deepest sympathy and prayers sent your way.
April 28, 2014
Dear Dan and Family, my very deepest condolences on the passing of your wife. She was no doubt a very dynamic woman whom was cherished by all who knew her. My prayers are with you. Julie LaCost
April 28, 2014
Sending love and big hugs to all the Smiths from the Fredenburgs, Wes, Joan, Hilary, Kate, Tim & Finnegan.
Joan Weber
April 28, 2014
Dearest Dan, Mark, Greg and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Colleen was special and her light will continue to shine in all of you. With Deepest Sympathy and Love, Julie and Rob
Julie and Rob Nirschl
April 27, 2014
Extending sincere sympathy Dan, to you and your family with Colleen's passing.
Denise (Morelli) Gauthier
April 27, 2014
May God hold you in the palm of His Hand, until we meet again one day. Love and prayers!
Mary Baxa
April 27, 2014
Our hearts sank when we heard the news of Colleen's passing at church this morning. We could not believe what we heard. We can only imagine the deep sadness you all are feeling. Please know that our hearts and prayers will be with you and your entire family.

Sincerely,

The Knopp Family
Tom Knopp
April 27, 2014
Rest in peace, old friend, and condolences to the family.
Michael Brown
April 27, 2014
Dear Daniel, Mark, Greg and Family,

You know my thoughts and prayers are with you now and as they have been these past years. You and so many of us were blessed and graced to have had Colleen's presence in our life. She truly embellished her love of God, Jesus and the Spirit in her life! It is our faith significantly during this Easter season that we believe that Colleen's "life is simply changed not ended." I hold you in prayer.

In the Risen Christ,
Fr. Marv Knighton
Fr. Marv Knighton
April 27, 2014
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