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Fr. John Joseph Donohue passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Presence Ballard Rehabilitation Center in Des Plaines. Fr. Donohue was the Pastor Emeritus of St. Edward Parish in Chicago. He was 93 years old.

Fr. Donohue was born in Chicago on May 29, 1922. He attended St. Mel School in Chicago and Quigley Preparatory Seminary. Fr. Donohue graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 8, 1948, by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago.

Fr. Donohue, also known as "Jason," served as Assistant Pastor at a number of Chicago parishes including Our Lady Help of Christians Parish (closed in 2005); Blessed Sacrament Parish (closed in 2005); St. Timothy Parish on Washtenaw Avenue; and St. Jerome Parish. He also served as Assistant Pastor and Administrator of St. Edward Parish from 1970 until he was made Pastor in 1981. Fr. Donohue was named Pastor Emeritus of St. Edward Parish in 1992, when he retired. After his retirement, he served as Administrator of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Schiller Park for a short time. In addition, Fr. Donohue was a Judge for the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal.

Rev. Albert Adamich, retired Archdiocesan priest, was Fr. Donohue's classmate. He reflected on Fr. Donohue's dedication to saying goodbye to his brother priests. He said, "He made a special effort to attend priest funerals. It was a good thing to do and he did it." Fr. Adamich and Fr. Donohue were the two remaining members of the class of 1948.

Rev. Michael Zaniolo, Catholic Chaplain at O'Hare International Airport, worked with Fr. Donohue at the O'Hare Chapel, where he was a helpful for over 18 years. He said, "Fr. Donohue was a good man and an excellent priest. He was willing to say Mass and hear Confessions every day if I would have asked him to to so. His homilies were inspiring and people also enjoyed his gentleness, sense of humor, and wisdom. In short, they enjoyed him!" Fr. Zaniolo continued, "He would generally sit in the back of the chapel and pray for a half hour or so before hearing Confessions and saying Mass. Sometimes, people would interrupt his prayer to say hello and to chat about what was going on in their lives. He never considered that as an interruption, but as an important part of his ministry."