Catherine Donnelley
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Obituary of Catherine Donnelley

Catherine M. Donnelley, wife of the late Edward D. Donnelley Jr. died peacefully on Saturday September 16th at Danbury Hospital.

Catherine was born in Danbury on Easter Sunday, April 5th, the daughter of the late Arthur F. and Catherine R. (Burns) Ahearn. She was a graduate of Saint Peter School and Danbury High School. In her younger years, Catherine loved to tap dance at the Empress and Palace Theatres, the Edmond Town Hall, and at venues in New York City.

A lifelong area resident, Catherine lived for a several  years in New Fairfield on Donnelley Drive, before moving to Danbury. She was a retired employee of Hughes Aircraft, and while living in New Fairfield was a charter member of the Company A. Auxilliary. She was a past member and secretary of the Democratic Woman’s Club, New Fairfield, and during this time was instrumental in gathering enough signatures to help start a task force to help patients who were suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and their families in the State of Connecticut.  As a resident of Danbury, Catherine worked and volunteered with the Danbury Senior Center, the Corporation Counsel’s Office for the City of Danbury, the State Department of Labor in it’s resource room, and the City of Danbury Energy Assistance Program.  She was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary McWhorter Division 58, Danbury, and a longtime parishioner of Saint Peter Church, Danbury.  Catherine proudest memories were that of her wedding to her husband Edward, and the birth of her children. She enjoyed spending special times with her family and friends on trips to Cape Cod.

Catherine is survived by her daughters: Kathleen M. Kayser and her husband Clifford of Navarre, FL and Susan A. Deegan and her husband James of Inverness, FL, her brother: Robert J. Ahearn and his wife Anne of Danbury, her three grandchildren: Jodie A. Lemons, Michaela E. Patry, and Sean E. Deegan, her three great grandchildren Gerald, Colin, and Caleb, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Catherine was predeceased by her son Edward J. Donnelley, her sister Patricia A. Kaiser, and her brother Arthur F. Ahearn, Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Wednesday September 20th in Saint Peter Church, Danbury. Burial will be in Saint Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

The family will receive friends at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury on Tuesday September 19th from 5 thru 8pm.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are requested to be made to Saint Peter Church , 104 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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