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Thomas C. Donahue 1943-2015

Aug 27, 2015

A Celebration of Life for Thomas C. Donahue of Emmetsburg will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg.

Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Thursday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. with military graveside rites by members of V.F.W. Post #2295. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to Hospice of Palo Alto County.

Thomas Charles Donahue, son of Jay and Johana (Nolan) Donahue, was born April 8, 1943 in Emmetsburg. He received his education in Emmetsburg, graduating in 1961. Tom later attended Iowa Lakes Community College and graduated in 1987.

Following graduation, Tom served in the United States Army and was stationed in South Korea during the Viet Nam War. After returning to the area Tom farmed and did over-the-road trucking until his retirement.

On Nov. 19, 1971, Tom was united in marriage to Wendy Buenger in Emmetsburg.

During their retirement, Tom and Wendy spent the last seven winters in Arizona where they have a home. Tom was an avid Hawkeye and E-Hawk fan, always enjoying watching his boys wrestle and play football.

Tom was a member of the V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg and he was very proud of his Irish heritage.

Tom passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at his home near Emmetsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Michael in infancy, Bill, Jim and Ron; sisters, Rosemary who died at the age of three years and Josephine Cosentino.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy of Emmetsburg; his children, David Drechsler of North Carolina, Marti Donahue of Emmetsburg, Brian (Lynnette) Donahue of Urbandale, Dr. Art (Xinh) Donahue of Zanesville, OH and Pete Donahue of Emmetsburg; grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Duffy, Amber Donahue, and Brianna Donahue and soon to be born (September 18, 2015), baby girl Donahue; two great grandchildren, Mason and Theodore “Ted” Duffy; a brother, Dick (Penny) of Iowa City; sisters, Betty Ann Donahue of Chicago, IL, Patricia (Mike) Pomper of Henderson, NV, Threse “Mike” Donahue of East Moline, IL and Jeannie (Rich) Besch of Mallard; nieces and nephews.

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