Marguerite Donahue

Marguerite L. Donahue, 70 of Lake Geneva, Wis., died Thursday March 28, 2013, at her home.

Marguerite was born in Houston County, Minn. on April 25, 1942, the daughter of the late James and Grace (Ryan) Donahue. She graduated from New Albin High School in New Albin, Iowa in 1960. She then graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. in 1963 with a degree in elementary education. She completed her master’s degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.  She was a teacher at Greenwood School in McHenry, Ill. for 31 years. She worked for Fairwyn Realty in Lake Geneva for several years and for the Lake Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce. She had been a member of the Lake Geneva Lioness Club and worked Safety Town for many years. She enjoyed baking, especially baking pies. She was an avid golfer and belonged to Lakelawn in Delavan, Wis. and the former Hillmoor Country Club in Lake Geneva.

Marguerite is survived by a sister Mary Ann (Mike) Hartley, La Crosse, Wis.; two brothers, Larry (Karen) Donahue, New Albin and Dale Donahue, Mabel, Minn.; three nephews, Cole and Patrick Donahue and James (Dani) Hartley; six nieces, Erin Donahue, Mary Mitchel, Colleen Donahue, Shelley Donahue, Patty Donahue and Sarah (Phil) McNally and her longtime friend and companion Edward VanHoozen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Geneva; Father Angel Anaya will officiate.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. in the chapel of Derrick Funeral Home, 800 Park Dr.,  Lake Geneva.  In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials are requested in Marguerite’s name to the Donahue family. To sign the on-line guest registry please go to: