Kathleen Donegan
Donegan, Kathleen ALBANY Kathleen (Coyne) Donegan, 87, passed away on January 22, 2021, in St. Peters Hospital in Albany, N.Y. Born in Co. Galway, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late John Coyne and Mary Joyce of Maam Valley. She was predeceased by six siblings: Michael, Anthony, Joseph and Owen Coyne of London, England, her treasured sister Mary Grealy of Brisbane, Australia and brother Liam Coyne of Sydney, Australia. She remained a loyal sister and aunt to Martin Coyne and his family of her birthplace in Ireland. Kate was predeceased in 2019, by her beloved husband of 61 years, the late Patrick Donegan. Kate was the cherished mother of Mary Donegan-Ritter (Curt), Eugene Donegan (Ann), Gerri Donegan, and Jackie Treanor (Chris). She was the loving nana of Katie Rose, Patrick, James, Alayna, Owen and Aidan. Kate finished school at age 15 and worked on the family farm in the Maamturk mountains. On weekends she enjoyed her young cousins in Westport, Co. Mayo. Americans came to the area to film The Quiet Man and Kate was then determined to go to America. Kate joined her older brothers and sister in London at age 18, working as a nursemaid. She met Patrick Donegan at a dance three years later, the first of many dances they would share together. They emigrated to New York City, married in 1958, and settled in Elmhurst, Queens. The family moved to Bayside in 1963, where they flourished for 56 years. Kate and Pat were active members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and fundraisers for the Columban Missionaries. Kate enjoyed church volunteer activities, dances at the Irish Center in Mineola, baking soda breads and scones, writing overseas letters, hosting card parties, crocheting blankets, and traveling. Kate enjoyed many family reunions vacationing at Gavins in East Durham, N.Y. In 1975, Kate began a 20 year career as a nurse's aide at Ozanam Hall Nursing Home, sharing her gift of caring for the frail elderly. In retirement, Pat and Kate made an annual trip to Ireland each March. In fall 2019, Pat and Kate moved to the Albany area. Kate became a proud resident ambassador at Atria Guilderland and was "Nana" to staff and residents alike. Kate was a native Gaelic speaker from the cradle, and shook her head at the textbook Irish younger generations spoke. Many friends commented she had the thickest Irish brogue ever heard. Ar dheis De go Raibh a h'anam dilis- May her joyful soul be on the right side of God. Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral will be limited to family at St. Vincents Chuch. Burial will be in Mt. St. Marys Cemetery in Flushing, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Kate's memory be honored by donations to St. Vincents Food Pantry, 900 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit HansFuneralHome.com



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Published by Albany Times Union on Jan. 24, 2021.
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Sympathy to all my cousins. I remember " Cait" as we used call her when she came on holidays to Westport to visit my mom.
Helen Gleeson nee Mc Menamin
February 3, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy. It was a joy to know Kate at Atria.
Ann Diamond
January 29, 2021
sorry for your loss , 1 st person i meet when my dad and I moved here in Sept. from eudora , ks. about 30 miles a way from kansas city. nana made us fell at home, she will be missed
kirk w. brinkman room # 224
January 27, 2021