Catherine Donohue

Catherine "Kay" Donohue (Murphy)

Tuesday, March 29th, 1927 - Friday, September 27th, 2019
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Catherine (Kay) Donohue, age 92, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019, at the Fort Hudson Nursing Center.

Born on March 29, 1927, in Albany, NY, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Bauer) Murphy. Kay graduated from Cathedral Academy in Albany in 1945. On September 7, 1946, she married John J. Donohue at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

In addition to her parents, Kay was predeceased by an infant son, John; sister, Mary Goitz and her husband Louis Goitz; brother, Thomas Murphy; sister, Theresa Murphy; brother-in-law, Robert Carruthers; sons in law, Philip Pountain and Eddie Donald; and grandsons, Kevin Donohue and Derrick Lewis.

Survivors include her husband of 73 years, John “Jack” Donohue; her ten children, Thomas (Evelyn) Donohue, Catherine (Mark) Tracy, Suzanne (Tom) Ryan, John (Terry) Donohue, Ellen (Bill) Marcantonio, James (Emily) Donohue, Anne (Mark) Counihan, Margaret (Roy) Brady, Mary (Dan) Matusiewicz, and Stephen (Mary) Donohue; her sister, Ellen Carruthers; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Murphy; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 10am to 11am on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at St. Michael’s Church, 80 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls, NY. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am with Reverend Tony Childs, pastor, officiating.

The Rite of Committal will follow the Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery, South Glens Falls, NY.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may contribute to St. Michael’s Church, 80 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls, NY 12803, in Kay’s memory.

Arrangements for Kay are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. To leave a condolence message, please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel Church
    80 Saratoga Ave.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
    80 Saratoga Avenue
    South Glens Falls, NY 12803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Guy A. Childs
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery - South Glens Falls
    Main Street
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Michael the Archangel Church.


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David L. Johnson

Posted at 11:04pm
I’m sorry to hear about Kay but I’m sure God has a special place for her. With John being my best friend during high school and early college, I was in and out of the Donohue household quite a bit. Kay treated me like one of her own; hugs, kisses and the occasional scolding when I needed it. She made me feel more loved and accepted than at my own home. This is the kind of caring person Kay was. Kay also extended her love and acceptance to my wife (Sharon) as soon as she met her. Sharon has only fond memories of Kay. Later, whenever she ran into us, she would remind me of the prom night when John and I wore tuxedos with red silk-lined capes and then she’d give us that Kay laugh. One thing I think of quite often is the picture of the wall where the crucifix was. I have no doubt that Kay is with the Lord tonight. Sharon and I send our best wishes and condolences to Jack, John, and the entire Donohue family. Dave and Sharon Johnson (

Donna Carbino

Posted at 09:37pm
Dear John and Family,
I want to express my sympathy to at this time of your great loss. Kay was a terrific person inside and out. I enjoyed the messages she wrote to me. The last time I saw her at The Peppermill (where else?) ,she offered to race me with our walkers. She will be missed. Donna Carbino

Crystal Sherman

Posted at 10:43pm
I enjoyed your mom's quiet way about her but that also was shown with conviction. She obviously raised amazing children as you all were so attentive to both your parents.
Seeing your Mom and Dad together made my heart happy. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.

Gayle Greeno

Posted at 10:42pm
I will remember Kay for her selfless kindness, caring and concern for people, especially for Richard after his surgery and onward until his death. She was there when she was needed; she saw that need and met it. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that, kindness aside, she was an astute judge of character, unafraid to forthrightly call things as she saw them. (Woe to transgressors!) My time with her as I helped with Richard enriched me, and she will always hold a special place in my heart.
--Gayle Greeno

Frank P Sullivan

Posted at 07:24pm
To the Donohue family, your mom was a very special person and

to The Donohue family, Your mom was are mom's best friend and truly a very special person she will truly be missed. we feel your loss. The Suliivan Family


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