OBITUARY

John Leo Donohue

March 7, 1964May 26, 2021
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John Leo Donohue, age 57, died peacefully on May 26, 2021, in Lansing Michigan with family at his side.

John is survived by his wife, Julie, of 18 years; his sisters, Mary Farrell (Padraic), of Altoona, PA; his sister, Anne Donohue (Neil Russell), of Marquette, MI, and his step children Geoffry Wallace and Victoria Wallace. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Donohue of Avoca, MI.

John was born at home on March 7, 1964 in Kenockee Township, St. Clair County, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He moved around some before settling in the Lansing, MI area where he met his wife in 1994. They were married in 2002.

John was a wonderful husband to his wife, brother to his sisters, and father to his step children. He always had a fond remembrance of his family and friends as well as his rural farming background. John also enjoyed, as he called it “wrenching on cars”.

John enjoyed both playing ice hockey (often with his wife) and rooting for the Detroit Red Wings and the Michigan State University ice hockey team. His family and friends will always remember him as a helpful, kind, and accepting person with an amusing and often mischievous sense of humor. John will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, Mason Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St, Mason, MI. Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, June 10th at 11am at St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing Street, Mason, MI.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your local youth hockey organization (in Lansing: https://www.lansinghockeyclub.com/) or the Detroit Red Wings Foundation (https://www.nhl.com/redwings/community/foundation).

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Samdy Kristick

June 4, 2021

My condolences to Julie and the family. John was a wonderful and important part of my life and both Stephanie and Amanda’s for many years. Although life took me down another road, the memories were always there. I was glad to be able to see John and Julie at Stephanie’s wedding. I will always treasure the time we did have together. John will be in my heart forever.

Jack Minnem

June 2, 2021

So sorry for your loss Julie. My condolences to your entire family. I always enjoyed playing hockey with JD on Saturday mornings…

Jim & Chris Haley

May 30, 2021

So sorry to hear of John's death. May you find comfort that he is resting in peace with his parents.

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John and Julie

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John and Julie

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John and Anne at Anne’s wedding

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John and Julie in Cleveland

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John and Neil in Marquette