Madeline Donahue

A photo of Madeline Donahue

Madeline Donahue, much loved mother of Michael and his wife Angela and grandmother of William and Christopher, passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday February 23, 2020.   She was predeceased by her husband Bill in 1971.

Madeline was born in Tilbury 88 years ago; one of 7 children born to Leah and Adelore Benoit and is survived by one sister Lorine Goodreau of Tilbury.  She was predeceased by her sisters Dorothy McKinlay, Corine Bechard, Bertha Pickering, and her brothers Clarence and Leo Benoit.

Madeline was a part of the Southwestern Regional Centre family, working in the dietary department until her retirement.  She was a kind and caring person who made friends with ease.  Madeline had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.  She loved golfing, playing cards, and watching Ohio State football as well as making rice crispy treats and strawberry jam with her grandsons. She will be dearly missed by her lifelong friend and co-worker, Molly Meloche of Rondeau, and all the wonderful friends she made at the Chatham Retirement Resort.

On her retirement Madeline spent six months of each year with Michael and Angela in California where she was able to form an unbreakable bond with her grandsons whom she simply adored.

It was Madeline’s wish that this stage of her life be regarded with quiet dignity.  Cremation will take place and her urn will be interred with her husband Bill in California.

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Loved Madeline! Worked together for years at swrc had a lot of laughs together, Along with Bertha. She did have a great sense of humor I am sure I will continue to think of her...condolences to Michael and family

Mike & Family: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. We know you will miss her so much. Many years have gone by since we've been in touch, but we hope you are doing well. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Pete & Sherry

Michael and family, Aunt Lorine and Uncle Remi we are deeply sorry for your loss...our sincere condolences. Aunt Madeline was a wonderful person and she will be missed. Ken & Diane McKinlay

I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Madeline at Southwest Regional Center and when I would see her in Blenheim. She was a great lady

Michael, Angela and sons, Lorine and Remi, Roy, Joan, Duncan and families, Treasure all the fun and wonderful memories of Madeline.

Our deepest sympathies to you all, I worked with Madeline at SWR for many years she was a a wonderful lady Red &Pat Wardle.

Condolences to Michael and family as well as aunt Lorine and uncle Remi. I remember her big smile and even bigger laugh. I cherish a photo of her and I, when I was a toddler, standing in the field on the farm

I worked with Madeline for many years at SRC. I truly enjoyed her sense of humor and what a kind and caring lady she was. I had many laughs with her, a few beers and the odd golf game. My deepest sympathy to her family on the loss of such a wonderful person.

So sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Madeline! Prayers are with you, Michael & Angela and boys. Also thinking of Aunt Lorine and Uncle Remi! Prayers!

Michael and family, please except our deepest condolences. Your mom was such a sweet lady. We had a lot of good talks together. A better neighbour you would never find. You will truly be missed Madeline.