She was born July 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Joseph E. and Josephine (Albano) Sileo Sr. She received her B.A. from Queens College in 1944. She met her future husband, John Joseph Donohue Jr., at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where they both earned master’s degrees. She worked for AT&T during the war years until 1951.
In the 1960’s, Mildred went back to school, received her master of library science from Southern Connecticut State University, and became a school media specialist in the Orange School System. She assisted her husband in his work in the Democratic Party and the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats to promote social justice and good government. Mildred also did considerable volunteer work in Orange, at the Orange Teachers League (president); at the Mary L. Tracy School (library volunteer); the Orange Scholarship Committee; and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary (president, secretary, and Girls State).
Bear Springs Camp in Rome, Maine, was the family’s summer retreat for many years. Mildred and John traveled to Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Canada, Scandinavia, and of course within the US. In 2004, she and John moved from Orange to the Whitney Center in Hamden, where she was active in the Library Committee, Lecture Committee, and Residents’ Council.
She spent her last few months in the Whitney Center’s Health Center, where doctors, nurses and aides gave expert and loving care. Mildred will be truly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Jeanne D. Miner and her husband Bruce of Wethersfield; John J. Donohue III and his wife Maureen of Stanford, CA; her six grandchildren: Julia C. Perez of Milford and husband Will; Kevin B. Miner and wife Nicole of the Bronx, NY; Alison K. Miner of Newington; Lauren E. Donohue of Redwood City, CA; and Aidan and Patrick Donohue of Stanford, CA; and three great-grandchildren: Anthony, Adrianna, and Joey. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Calamari and husband Joseph of Garden City, NY; and her beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph E. Sileo Jr. and Robert Sileo, who died in infancy, and her cousin, Michael G. (Eddy) Sileo, who was raised as a brother.
Friends and family may call on Sunday, April 26th from 5-8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 27th at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mildred’s name to Save The Children, 501 Kings Highway E, Fairfield, CT, 06880.
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