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Loretto P. Donohue, girls club director Feb. 14, 1916 -- July 4, 2007

Loretto P. Donohue, longtime director of the Porta-Niagara Girls Club, died Wednesday at Bay Pointe Terrace in Hollywood, Fla., after a long illness. She was 91.

Born in Niagara Falls, the former Loretto O'Haire graduated from St. Mary's High School in Niagara Falls and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Niagara University.

After working with the American Red Cross during World War II at Fort Dix, N.J., and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Donohue served as executive director of the Porta-Niagara Girls Club for 35 years, retiring in 1983. During her retirement, she worked as a substitute teacher and served as a guidance counselor in the Niagara Falls School District.

She married James K. Donohue Sr., who died in 1963. A lifetime member of St. Mary of the Cataract in Niagara Falls, Mrs. Donohue in later years divided her time between homes in Niagara Falls and Florida.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 259 Fourth St. Prayers will be said at 9 in Labuda Funeral Home, 356 Portage Road.


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