Joseph Anthony Donohue

Born: Thu., Jan. 15, 1925
Died: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 24, 2018
Location: Saint Patricks

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Joseph A. Donohue

Jan. 15, 1925 - Feb. 18, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Joseph Anthony Donohue, 93, of South Bend died at 6:12 p.m. Sunday, February 18 at Wellbrooke of South Bend. Mr. Donohue was born January 15, 1925 in Gary, IN to the late Nellie (Riley) and Denis Donohue and had lived in South Bend for over 30 years. On September 1, 1951 in Gary, he married Shirley Hammacher who preceded him in death in 2007. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Goldstrom; and two sisters, Eileen Morlan and Arabella Trbovich. He is survived by two daughters, Ann LaBarge (Darrell) of Crown Point, IN and Patty Flood (Pat) of Edmonton, Canada; one son, Tom Donohue (Debra) of Granger; eight grandchildren, Colleen Lunsford (Dave), Roy LaBarge (Ashley), Amy Donohue (Jon Sedlacek), Daniel LaBarge (Kimmie), Angela LeNeave (Jerry), Erica Donohue, Brian Kimm (Katy), and Andrew Kimm; and seven great-grandchildren, Sam, Autumn, Dainen, Angelisa, Daphne, Levi, and Orla.

Joe knew no strangers. He always had a smile and kind word to share with everyone. Family was very important to him. He would enjoy getting pictures from the grandkids or spending time with them when they would come to visit. Family truly made him happy.

He proudly served in the Army during World War II and was also a POW during some of his service time. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.

His love for Notre Dame football is what brought Shirley and him to South Bend after he retired from U.S. Steel Mill in Gary. He was a long time season ticket holder and enjoyed many games. He spent hours at ND, sometimes just walking around the campus. One of his favorite things about game day was the marching band. He enjoyed many games, but loved the band!

He enjoyed old movies, especially romantic comedies, and musicals, always welcoming anyone who would want to watch with him. The thing Joe will probably be most remembered for is his storytelling. He loved to tell stories, all of which were true, to anyone about anything. He and his storytelling will be missed but will live on through all the stories he has told and the people who retell them. A person's wealth is not measured by the amount of money or material things they have, but the amount of friends they have. Joe was a VERY wealthy man.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, 309 S. Taylor St., South Bend. Cremation will follow with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN, at a later date. The family will greet friends on Friday, February 23 from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., where a parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m., with a time of sharing to follow.

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Nancy Escobedo
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018

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