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Janet Donahoe obituary 1935~2023


Janet Donahoe, age 88, of Chambersburg, PA, went home to God on May 30, 2023, at Brookview Health Care Center, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

Janet Donahoe
Janet Donahoe

She was a daughter of the late Mark T. and Arline Roher Donahoe.

A graduate of Wilson College and The Catholic University of America, she taught English and Latin in Pennsylvania and was a school librarian in Virginia. 

For ten of her student years, starting at age 11, she was the organist for two Sunday Masses at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  She also did volunteer work at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Buchanan Valley and at Menno Haven.

Survivors include:  siblings and spouses Marian D. and John Connelly of Wyomissing, Michael and Sarah K. Donahoe of Mercersburg, Robert and Felicia H. Donahoe of Eden, UT; nieces, nephews and spouses Thomas and Linda M. Connelly of Sinking Spring, David and Rosangela G. Connelly of Philadelphia, Debra Donahoe and Michael McKenna of Scarsdale, NY, Susan D. and James Thompson of Portsmouth, RI, Todd and Marie Donahoe of Mercersburg, Christopher and Kimberly C. Donahoe of Roswell, GA, Amy D. and Allister Blanco of Roswell, GA; fifteen grandnieces and grandnephews; many cousins, and extended family Donald and Patricia Campbell of Frederick, MD, Alfred and Anne Haughn of Wilmington, NC.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by aunts Delores H. (Mrs. Charles W.) Roher and Lois W. (Mrs. Donald E.) Roher of Chambersburg.

The Reverend Father Matthew Smith will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 10 o’clock. 

Burial in Lincoln Cemetery will follow. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions would be welcome at Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Leterkenny Road West, Chambersburg, PA  17201.



Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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