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Betty M. Donahue Passes At 89


Betty M. (Michelini) Donahue of Westwood, a former resident of Mashpee, died October 2, at the age of 89.

She was the widow of Thomas F. Donahue. High school sweethearts, the couple had been married for nearly 60 years at the time of his death in 2013.

Born in Brookline, she was the daughter of Adam J. Michelini and Marion E. (Ingalls) Michelini.

She attended the Devotion School in Coolidge Corner and graduated from Brookline High School in 1945 and Boston University in 1949. She went on to receive her master’s degree in education in 1953 from the Boston University School of Education.

Ms. Donahue worked for many years as an educator in the Lexington, Boston, and Mashpee school systems, as well as at St. John’s in Canton.

She loved to entertain friends playing the piano, including at venues like The Popponesset Inn.

A former resident of Needham, she had also lived in New Seabury; and Stuart, Florida.

She leaves her children, Thomas Donahue Jr. and his wife, Anne Donahue, of Vernon, Connecticut, Patricia Donahue and her husband, Greg Sacca, of Gloucester, Nancy Mihos and her husband, Chris Mihos, of North Easton, Katherine Kelleher of Walpole, and John Donahue and his wife, Lynn Donahue, of Wellesley; 12 grandchildren; her brother, Bradford Michelini of Latham, New York; and extended family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated yesterday at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.

Burial was at Great Neck Woods Cemetery in Mashpee.