LACONIA — Janice Donahue, 77, of Laconia, passed away at home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, after a battle with ALS. She now rests in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
Janice was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, on Nov. 16, 1939, the daughter of Daniel and Helen (Butterworth) Downey.
She graduated from Tenney High School in Methuen, and worked at Raytheon Corp. in Andover, Massachusetts.
After high school, she met and married the love of her life and best friend, Dan. At the time of her death they had been married for 57 years and spent most of those years living in Laconia.
She worked as a secretary at Sacred Heart Church for 14 years, tending to the staff and members of the parish. Being a devout Catholic, this job suited her well. The last 20 years of a life were spent working for Community Health & Hospice as a homemaker-companion, living the Gospel message of being of service to others. She loved working with the elderly, enabling them to continue to live in their homes independently with a little help. She cherished her clients and treated them like family until she became too sick to continue. She was also a Hospice volunteer.
She enjoyed playing bingo, doing crossword puzzles, dancing and having her Seagrams 7 and ginger at 4 p.m. each day, reading her paper and watching the news.
Janice is survived by her husband, Dan; two daughters, Kelley Ann Donahue and her fiancé Robert Yarworski of Tempe, Arizona, and Kimberey Ann Donahue and her fiancé Mike Bisson of Moultonborough; by two brothers, David Downey of Methuen, Massachusetts, and Ken Downey of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Joyce Brugman and her husband Dennis of Ocala, Florida; three granddaughters, Jennifer Tunning-Rodriguez and her husband Anthony of Phoenix, Amanda Tunning of Tempe, Arizona, and Brittani Reynolds of Laconia; and one great-granddaughter, Adriana, who she loved to spoil, all the loves of her life; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Janice was predeceased by one brother, Dan Downing.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at St. Andre Bessette Parrish-St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the ALS Association of Northern NE, 10 Ferry St., Concord, NH 03301.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.