Eileen Donahue (nee Dowling) of Chelmsford, MA, longtime resident of Carle Place, NY

 

5517 DonahueEileen Donahue (nee Dowling) of Chelmsford, MA, long time resident of Carle Place, NY died peacefully on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Eileen was born in New York, NY on January 18, 1924 to Lilly (nee Lee) and Edward Dowling. She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in Forest Hills, NY in 1942 and enjoyed a career as a secretary in Manhattan where she met the dashing Donald A. Donahue. They were married on May 12, 1950 in Buffalo, NY and soon returned to the New York metropolitan area. Don and Eileen settled in Westbury, Long Island where they lived happily for many years raising their family and sharing good times with family and friends at the beach and in their home. She retired in 1994 after two decades serving as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Carle Place Schools. Eileen was pre-deceased by her parents and her sister Dorothy Dolan, her husband, and her son, Douglas C. Donahue. She is survived by her children Donald of Loveland, CO; Peter (Paula) of North Chelmsford, MA; Sheelah Shortell of Chapel Hill, NC; Nancy (Joseph Dooley) of Manasquan, NJ; Patricia of Capitola, CA; and daughter-in-law Patricia of Locust Valley, NY. Eileen had seven devoted grandchildren; Brendan Donahue of Denver, CO; Kelan (Kate) Donahue of Johnstown, CO; Sean Shortell of Boston, MA; Lee (Stephanie) Shortell of Bedford, MA; Nicole Donahue and Christopher Donahue of Locust Valley, NY; and Suntali Donahue of Capitola, CA; and three beloved great-grandsons Jacob, Jameson, and Josiah Shortell of Bedford, MA. She will also be missed by many long-time friends, nieces and nephews. A service will be celebrated in New York at a later time.

 

  1. Lesley says:

    I think this is a real great article.

  2. Boyd Stevenson says:

    This girl brought about a family of nearly 100% Irish descent. They all carried her ice blue eyes and today are her best in breed. I met all of them and they are always considered my friends(even Nancy – joking). I remember things…

    • Sheelah Donahue Shortell says:

      Hello, Boyd. Thank you for your comments. What a surprise to see that you found this and responded. We appreciate it.
      Sheelah

  3. Marianne Berube says:

    I was one of the lucky ones that got to know a very special lady. She will be missed dearly. Eileen was a woman of great strength and she showed that here at Chelmsford Crossings. My sincere sympathy goes out to her great family whom I got to know through Eileen. She was always very proud of you all. May God Bless you all through this difficult time . Love, Marianne

  4. Sharon Wholey says:

    We will miss Eileen at Chelmsford Crossings. She was a special lady. Thank you for sharing her with us. Wishing you all peace in the days ahead and hope you find comfort in the belief that she is in a better place. God bless. Sharon W. RCD

  5. Joanne DelPapa says:

    Eileen was a Grand Lady & I was very happy to have met her. Loved her from the moment she came into Chelmsford Crossings. She brought up a very Loving & caring family. Peter & Paula are the ones I saw the most. I know you are all
    at peace now. God Bless Eileen. Love to you all. Joanne at the Front Desk.

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