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Lucille Donahue

July 09, 1919 - April 16, 2011


5-7:00 P.M. Monday, April 25 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

10-11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 26 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Monday, April 25 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 26 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Lucille Donahue

July 09, 1919 - April 16, 2011


Lucille M. Donahue, 91, Fargo, ND passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Rosewood On Broadway in Fargo.

Lucille was born on July 9, 1919 in Tintah, MN to John and Mary (Murray) Dwyer.  She grew up in the Fargo area where she graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1937.  She married Charles N. Donahue on November 14, 1940 at St. Mary’s Cathedral and they made their home in Fargo.

Lucille worked in food service at both North and South High Schools.  She enjoyed dancing, bowling, reading, and playing cards with family and friends, spending time at Minnesota lakes, and myriad other life adventures.

Lucille is survived by her ten children, Michael (Judy), Bismarck, ND; Patrick (Dianna), Grand Forks, ND; Colleen (William) Curtis, Rochert, MN; Charles (Eileen), Cheyenne, WY; John (Patrice), Fargo, ND; Deborah (Mark) Rasmussen, Redding, CA; Steven (Judy) Boise, ID; Msgr. Brian Donahue, West Point, NY; Kevin (Karen), Moorhead, MN; Mary (Alex) Saharieff, Fargo, ND; 25 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; sisters, Patricia (William) Mikkelsen, Livonia, MI; Dorothy Storrud, Billings, MT.

Lucille is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; parents; brothers, Sylvester, Clyle, Joseph, Cyril, Patrick; sisters, Mae (Berdeen) Blankenship, Beatrice (Wayne) Stone, and Bernardine (Gene) Kreier; brother-in-law, Jerry Storrud.

A grateful thank you goes out to Rosewood On Broadway for the loving and tender care provided to Lucille.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials are directed to Sisters of Mary of the Presentation or Hospice of the Red River Valley.


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48 responses to “Lucille Donahue”

  1. Father Gus Coe and the St Damien Army Catholic Community of Hawaii says:

    Schofield Barracks HIWe are sorry for your loss and pray for her eternal rest in paradise.
    -with much Aloha and prayers…

  2. Mary Saharieff says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    A Daughter – the tenth child

    We miss your sweet smile, your warm hugs Mom. Keep the door open for us & we’ll be reunited in Heaven one day. Love Mary

  3. Pat Taylor Berglund says:

    Sun City West AZ
    My sincere sympathy on the passing of your beautiful mother. She always had a peacefulness and beauty about her. When I was at your home with Colleen in our growing up years to days when she lived across from Riverview, I always marveled at this. I know that you will miss her tremenously, but you all know she is now really at Peace with God.

  4. Sandy and Lily Krigel says:

    West Point NYMsgr. Donahue,

    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I know she was a special woman and thank you for sharing wonderful stories about her with us. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Sandy & Lily

  5. A Grandchild says:

    We love you, Grandma Lucy.

  6. James and Kerry Brant says:

    West Point NYOur family sends it’s condolences to the Donahue family during this difficult time. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,
    The Brant Family

  7. Msgr. Thomas P. Olszyk says:

    Washington DCDear Brian,

    My deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. I will offer Mass for her as soon as possible. Keeping you and your family in prayer during this Easter Season.

    Tom Olszyk
    Judicial Vicar, Military Archdiocese

  8. Chris, Annie and Emmanuel Hurlburt says:

    RwandaDear Monsignor Donahue, your mother and you are in our prayers. A very hard but special time. The ranks of the Saints have grown. Thinking of you with much love from Rwanda, Chris, Annie and Emmanuel.

  9. Chuck and JoAl Wagner says:

    Mandan ND
    Chaplain (Msgr) Donahue, Mike, Judy, and the entire Donahue family:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. As we celebrate this Easter season you can be comforted knowing that your Mom and Grandmother is now with the Risen Lord. God Bless all of you.

    Chuck and JoAl

  10. BG Bill & Debbie Rapp says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Donahue family. May you always share the fond memories of your time with your mother with each other.

  11. Rich Ludwig says:

    Apple Valley MN

    My sympathiy on the passing of your mother. She had a long and wonderful life and many loving children.

    Rich Ludwig

  12. Duane & Leona Friedig says:

    Bismarck ND
    Mike and Brian:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. We pray that God grants you peace.
    Duane and Leona

  13. Pat and Donna Clark says:

    Moorhead MN
    You remain close in thought. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. We prayer for strength and peace for all of you.

  14. Kathleen Steffan says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Donahues,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    I bet you never knew that your mom was the one who taught me to polka! You would think with 10 kids, her nuturing would be exhausted, but nope, she had some nurture left for me.
    And did you know that your mom and my dad chaparoned a herd of neighborhood kids to the RRV Fair? Yup, I recall Dad saying the gate guy asked if he was here with all these kids — Dad said Yup. The tickey guy shook his head and said, go on in Mister, go on in! Cille, Dad said was so small they thought she was a kid too.
    I so much would like some addresses and phone numbers and especially email, my dear friends.
    Mind is plethora-woof@peoplepc.com

    I have written of and spoken of your entire family from time to time even that you were the first people to tell me of scones…

    Much love,
    Kathy Steffan

  15. Mike and Janice Durham says:

    Dear Brian and all your Precious Family,

    We pray that our Heavenly Father will be your strength and your shield during this time of sorrow.

    We didn’t know your precious mother, except through the stories you have told and from seeing her through your life Brian, from our point of view…she was indeed a wonderful person.

    Jennifer Gray wrote: “My mother is gone, but her legacy lives on in the person that I am and what I can be. Love doesn’t die when a loved one passes – it is always held in your heart, a precious gift.”

    What a wonderful legacy she has left behind. Blessings to you dear friend.

    Our prayers continue for you and your family.

    Blessings, Mike and Janice

  16. Marjorie Buettner says:

    Dear Donahue Family,

    I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to your entire family. You were all such a profound influence on my early years–your mother and father a constant source of inspiration! I respected your family so much and your dedication to your faith and your connectedness with the family unit–please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Marjorie (Junkert) Buettner

  17. Tom Junkert says:

    Ottertail MN
    Dear Ones…How well I remember your mother in our neighborhood…somehow she managed to keep her own kids together, plus the rest of us! She never seemed to get rattled over all of the things that we did during the summer months, and I remember those days fondly! My prayers and love to you kids, as you remember your mother to God’s grace and mercy!With love to you all…Tom Junkert

  18. Mary and Roger Alderson says:

    Laguna Beach CaliforniaOur hearts are with your family.
    Our memories with Lucille are precious.

  19. Marjorie Buettner says:

    Chisago City MN

    Dear Deb and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing but 91 is a grand age! Ester lived with me until she died in 2007 at 91 years of age…to be so lucky. Deb, Please write me! I need your address to send you my book of poems. I think of you all so often and wish you all the best in your time of sorrow.


  20. Gigi and Tom Goven says:

    Valley City ND
    Dear Msgr. Brian and Family of Lucille

    You have our sincere sympathy on the passing of Lucille. This is always a difficult time even with the strength and hope of faith. Take care and best wishes in the future. A memorial will be sent to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation.

    Gigi Goven
    Tom Goven

  21. sharon lepine-wolf says:

    fargo n dakpat & family,
    so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  22. Phyl Brooks says:

    Grand Forks ND
    Please know how sad I am for all of you. Comfort – Peace – Hope
    May these be yours in this time of sadness. May God wrap His arms around each of you. My prayers continue to with all of you.

  23. Bob Hendrickson says:

    State College PaColleen & Donahue Family
    I was sorry to here about the passing of your Mother. Since the passing of both of my parents I know the grief that you feel. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Christ’s peace

    Bob Hendrickson

  24. Paul McConville says:

    Crystal MN
    Chuck and family:

    Our prayers go out to you and family.
    This comfort of family and your faith in Jesus Christ is very powerful in greif and sorrow. Your mother is looking over all of you as she is received into the loving arms of her savior, Jesus Christ.

    Hopefully, we can meet again at the Golden Anniversary Reunion in 2015.

    Take care and god Bless!

    Paul McConville (Shanley HS Class of ’65)

  25. Andrew and Lisa Glen Family says:

    West Point NYDear Donahue Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. We’ve come to “know” your mom through MSGR Brian’s anecdotes. She is obviously a woman of faith and with the strongest family values. We pray for you to be able to remember the smiles and love through your grief. Peace, Andy & Lisa , Andrea, Rebecca, Mary, Grace, Gabriel, Anna, Michael and Claire Glen

  26. Chaplain Randy Griffin says:

    West Point NYBrian, you and the family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us is all our troubles with the comfort we ourselves have received from from God.”

  27. The Mikula Family says:

    West Point NYGod bless the Donahue family.

  28. Jim & Betty Murphy says:

    Valley City ND
    Our prayerful sympathy to all of you in the loss of your Mother.

  29. Michelle M. Dura says:

    Kindred N.D
    Monsignor Donahue,

    I am so sad today for you and your family today when I read that your Mother had passed away. You had such a love and devotion for your Mother. It always made me smile to hear you talk about her. I remember your mother and I both prayed you would not be sent back to Iraq and our prayers were answered! We will pray for you and your family at Saint Maurices.

    Take Care- Michelle Dura and Family

  30. Nancy Kuhlmann Saeger says:

    Fargo ND
    Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you as you go through this trying time. Nancy and Ron Saeger

  31. Msgr. Robert Coyle says:

    Msgr. Donahue,

    My prayers for you and your fmaily.

    Eteranall rest to the mother who gave us a priest.

    The Risen Lord be with you.


    Msgr. Robert J. Coyle
    ( Navy Chaplain)

  32. Alba Thompson says:

    Msgr. Donahue

    I am smiling remembering some of the stories you shared and which I shared with Lee. I am sure that all who have gone before her were there to welcome her home.

    With deepest sympathy for you great loss.

  33. Father Damien Schill says:

    St. Paul, MN
    My prayers and sympathy for all of you on the death of your beloved Mother.

  34. Rev Shaun Brown, CDR CHC USN says:

    My thoughts and prayers, on the passing of Lucille. I will remember her at my next Mass.

  35. Meredith E. Baker says:

    New Windsor New YotkCondolences to your family from the choir members of Most Holy Trinity Chapel, USMA, West Point. Know that we are praying for all of you at this time.

  36. Steve and Ella Bulat says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    You and your family are in our prayers
    I usually say a Rosary on my daily 3 mile walk and todqy 4-19-11 I prayed the Rosary for your mom and her children and family.
    May The Lord watch over all of you and give you peace and beautiful closure.

  37. Fr. Mark Axtmann says:

    Beresford SDMsgr. Donahue,

    My condolences on the death of your mother. I remember meeting her on several occasions during my years at Cardinal Muench. Know of my prayers for her, you, and your family.

    In Christ,

    Fr. Mark Axtmann

  38. Mark Plaushin, OSFS says:

    Brian and Family,

    You and your family are in our prayers at the University and in the Wills Hall Community. May your mom be kept in only happy memory.


    Mark Plaushin, OSFS

    “God plants in his garden what he wills he takes nothing out of season.” Francis de Sales.

  39. Father Michael Parisi says:

    Annapolis MDHeartfelt condolences on your loss I’ll remember Lucille at the altar today.

  40. Gretchen Nordos says:

    Farmington MN
    Sorry to hear about Lucille, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    – Gretchen and Mike Nordos

  41. Military Council of Catholic Women-Worldwide says:

    fort Huachuca ArisonaOur dearest Msgr. Donahue,
    The Board of Directors of MCCW-Worldwide share in your sorrow and hold you and your family in prayer.
    Our hearts are with you always, especially during this very sad time.
    Heartfelt sympathies.
    Marcia Stokes,

  42. Lisa Kriens says:

    Backus MN
    Chuck, Eileen, Chad, Brian, Charley Nick, and all the Donahue clan,

    We are sorry about the loss of your Mom/Grandma. What a fighter she was! It’s good to know that she is with Grandpa Donahue now and that her poor tired body is getting a well deserved rest!


    The Kriens Family

  43. Molly Schneider says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. You are in my thoughts.

  44. Mary Schmitz HAll says:

    Detroit Lakes Mn.Lucille and Charles daughter, Colleen and I have been friends since elementary school at St. Anthony’s. Lucille always had the most beautiful smile that lit up her surroundings. She radiated peace and contentment. What a blessing her life has been.

  45. Judy Duval Gebeke says:

    Colleen and all the Donahue family. I’m sorry to read that your mother has past away. I so enjoyed visiting with her when I went to see my mother at Riverview. may you remember with joy what a wonderful person she was.

  46. steven g. donahue says:

    boise idahoSeventh child of Lucille.

  47. Cathy Kilner says:

    Dear Monsignor Donahue and family,
    All of us here at West Point, and particularly the parishioners at Most Holy Trinity, are deeply sorry for your loss.
    We are praying for your whole family.

    In sympathy,
    The staff at Most Holy Trinity

  48. Karin Briggs says:

    Chuck, Eileen, Chad, Brian, Charley, Nick and entire Donahue Family. We are so sorry over the passing of Grandma Donahue. She was a real fighter, yet is ready to rest now. My Prayers are with you. Love, Karin

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