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Frances A. Donahue

November 21, 1930 — September 27, 2021

Frances A. Donahue

Frances Anne Donahue, 90, of Meadville, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021, at home.

Frances was born in Meadville, on November 21, 1930, a daughter of the late Peter and Frances (Battaglia) Simonetta.

On September 2, 1950 Frances married John "Jack" Donahue; he preceded her in death on August 15, 2008.

Frances was a life long member of St. Mary of Grace Church and the Altar Rosary Society. Her faith was very important to her and she volunteered countless hours with church events including funeral luncheons.

Following her 1948 graduation from Meadville High School, Frances attended Allegheny College. She was employed as a Lab Technician at the former City and Spencer Hospitals, retiring in the early 80's as the Head Lab Technician at the former City Hospital with over 30 years of service. Not one to remain idle, she continued working part time. She was a member of the Italian Civic Club Auxiliary, had served as a Crawford County Democratic Committee Woman and volunteered with the Meadville Soup Kitchen. Frances was a skilled knitter, having won many ribbons at the Crawford County Fair. She enjoyed reading and playing cards, especially Bridge, with her card club or anyone who would deal them up. Frances lived a full life and delighted in the time spent and loved shared with family. She will be missed.

Frances is survived by five sons Patrick E. Donahue, John Mark Donahue, Daniel T. Donahue, Timothy F. Donahue, Sean P. Donahue (Lisa) all of Meadville; nine grandchildren Meggan, Chelsea, Jessica, John "Jack", Jade, Amanda, Carly, Sean, Ryan; twelve great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild making her proud of being the matriarch of five generations. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jack, of 57 years, Frances was preceded in death by an infant great grandson Jack Donahue; five brothers, Joseph Simonetta, George X. Simonetta, Dr. Russell J. Simonetta, Patrick L. Simonetta and John Simonetta; four sisters, an infant Mary Simonetta, Rose Dispenza, Josephine Pietron and Mary Jane Anthony.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 3-7 PM at STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6:30 PM. The family kindly asks that those not vaccinated wear a mask.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, at Epiphany of the Lord Parish, St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, with Fr. Joe Patrone, Parochial Vicar officiating.

Frances will be laid to rest next to her husband, Jack, in St. Brigid Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meadville Soup Kitchen, 956 S. Main St., Meadville, PA 16335.

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Past Services


Thursday, September 30, 2021

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. - Meadville

404 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Those unvaccinated are asked to wear a mask. Scripture Service at 6:30 PM.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, October 1, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church

1085 Water Street, Meadville, PA 16335


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