Shirley E. Donohue

  • Born: June 8, 1928
  • Died: January 29, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Shirley E. Donohue, age 90 of San Antonio, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. She was born on June 8, 1928 in Bethlehem, PA to Clyde and Gladys Siegfried. After high school she attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.

On September 9, 1950 she married the love of her life, John Donohue of Utica, NY. They moved to Chickasha, OK where Shirley became the organist at Epworth Methodist Church for six years. Shirley and John moved to Oklahoma City, OK where she was the organist for Nichols Hills Methodist Church. They moved to San Antonio in 1960 where she and John led the music program at Travis Park Methodist Church. Over the years, Shirley became the organist at St. John's Lutheran Church and ended her career as an organist and choir director at Beacon Hill Church in San Antonio at the age of 84.

Shirley was a choral director in the Harlandale School District and in the Northside School District at Marshall High School for many years and ended her teaching career at Boone Elementary in NISD.

Shirley directed the Beethoven Damenchor and was a pianist for Chorgemeinschaft Texas for over 30 years. She and John traveled with these choirs for many years throughout the US and Europe. John and Shirley belonged to The Harp & Shamrock Society for many years and played piano for countless Irish events.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Donohue. She is survived by the family she loved so much, including her children John, Bill, Jimmy (Mimi), Kathy (Kevin) Muchemore, Mark (Angel), Erin (Joe) Marshall, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, her sister Joyce Garner of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232.

11:30 AM

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery; Reception to follow at Beethoven Halle & Garden, S. Alamo & Pereida St.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Donohue Family,
We just learned of your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and mother-in-law's passing. Sending our love and condolences from the Philip Cyphers Family of which you are all a part. We enjoyed our visits with her and John in San Antonio as well as the visits to our home in PA. Also, the reunion get-togathers when we were all younger. We will share Shirley's passing at the reunion this August in PA. May God continue to give you comfort now and in the days ahead.

Posted by Arlene/John Frailey - Stroudsburg, PA - Family   June 20, 2019

I am so saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Debbie Smith - San Antonio, TX   February 14, 2019

Dear Jimmy, Billy and All in the Donohue Family / Extended Family:
Eileen and I offer our sincere, heartfelt condolences in the death of your beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and mother-in-law.
May she rest in peace, and may God console and comfort all of you, and give y'all the strength and courage to carry on.
I had known Mrs. Donohue only after having met her at her husband's funeral. I know that both were accomplished musicians and singers. Now may they be a part of the Heavenly Choir.
In reading the obituary, I was flabbergasted to see the scope of her musical talents, put to good use at so many churches and school districts over the years, and in various musical groups. With both your mother and dad having long careers in music, I now know where you, Jimmy and Billy (and maybe more in the family), got your musical abilities and love for musicl
For sure, your parents did a fine job in rearing six children...having been friends with you, Jimmy and Billy, all these years and seeing the goodness exemplified by both of you.
In closing, I share an old Irish Blessing:

"May the road rise to meet you;
May the wind be always at your back;
May the Sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall softly upon your fields, and
Until you meet again with your Family Matriarch (and Patriarch),
May God hold y'all in the palm of His hand."

Love, joy, peace and prayers,

Doc Adams (and Eileen)
San Antonio

Posted by Doc Adams - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   February 11, 2019

Shirley was a beautiful gift from God to my life and the many young people she taught. May God comfort her family with His infinite love.

Posted by Bob Lewis - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 11, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will miss Aunt Shirley greatly, she was a gentle, beautiful and loving soul. I have wonderful memories of our family get-togethers and will cherish each one. Rest peacefully until we meet again.

Posted by Carol Rauer - FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - Family   February 08, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the Donohue family. Mrs. Donohue was a sweet and gracious lady. I went to Churchill with the three oldest boys, and my family were long-time members at Beacon Hill. On very short notice, Mrs. Donohue graciously agreed to play Claire de Lune at my Mother's memorial service in 2010.

Posted by Ben Singleton - Eureka, MO - Family Friend   February 07, 2019

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