Patricia A. Donohue

Patricia A. Donohue

Patricia A. Donohue

GUILDERLAND — Patricia Ann (née Toolan) Donohue died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, surrounded by loving family members. “Her passing marked the conclusion of a rich life, highlighted by her deep faith and love for family,” her family wrote in a tribute.

Patricia, known as Pat or Patsy, was born in Albany to Irish immigrant parents, Winifred Comer Toolan and Martin Toolan. She had four sisters — Anna, Mary, Joan, and Sally — and a brother, James.

 She was a 1953 graduate of the Vincentian Institute. Following high school, Mrs. Donohue enrolled in the St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing, where she earned a degree in nursing. Upon graduation, she became engaged to her high school sweetheart, Joseph J. Donohue.

“She and Joe married in 1958, and embarked on what was to be a joyous, 60-year marriage,” her family wrote. “Pat and Joe celebrated that milestone anniversary in June 2018, surrounded by family.

“Pat lived a life in which family was everything. She had a tremendous sense of humor marked by a sharp Irish wit. She was devoted to her faith, and found continual comfort and guidance from the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

“Pat was a loving mother, wife, sister and grandmother, and she will be dearly missed.  

“Pat’s legacy is the strong family she nurtured and inspired.”


Patricia Ann (née Toolan) Donohue is survived by her husband, Joe, and by their seven children: Colleen Donohue, Kelly Hanratty and Terry, Christine Finkelstein and her husband, David, Joseph Donohue Jr., Karen Wiedenhoft and her husband, Robert, Mary Anne LaMontagne and her husband, John, and Kerry and William Ziegler.

In addition, she is survived by 10 grandchildren: Kyra Donohue, Conor and Erin Hanratty, David Andrew and Jillian Finkelstein, Katherine, Christine and Carolyn Wiedenhoft, and Anna and Emily LaMontagne.

She is also survived by her sister, Sally (Bradley) of Troy.

Her parents, Winifred Comer Toolan and Martin Toolan, died before her, as did her siblings: Anna, Mary (Mullen), Joan (Forster), and James.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Friday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home at 490 Delaware Avenue in Albany. Online condolences may be offered at

A Mass of Reserection will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church at 20 Sumter Avenue in Guilderland. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Colonie.

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