Jo Ann Donnelly

03/09/1926   —   01/30/2021

Memorial Contributions:

Christ Child Society of Phoenix

4633 N. 54th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85018


Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan

P.O. Box 132, Harbor Springs, MI  49740-1430


Beacon Hill Benevolent Fund

1919 Boston Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The Guestbook
  • Carrie Pickett-Erway

    This is a lovely story of a life well lived. The legacy of this gracious woman allows me to work with her daughter Joanna Dale’s At the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. We continue to send love to the entire Donnelly family.

  • Nini Mayer Dauer

    What a beautiful and fabulous tribute! I recall your mom being a wonderful, welcoming force of nature! May your stories keep her memories going! Many prayers, Nini

  • Amy LeFebre

    This made me laugh: “She was perhaps too particular about glassware, but once drank Grand Marnier from a shot glass at a roadside tavern up north under exigent circumstances.” And this warmed my heart: “She nourished long-standing relationships but always had room for new friends… JoAnn spent a lifetime quietly making sure people were seen and heard and loved.”

    I feel privileged to have met “Grandma Donnelly,” shared a summer afternoon on the playground driveway we shared with Scott and Joanna, and watched as she expertly taught my kids the fine art of jump rope.

    My deepest sympathy to the Donnelly family and all who loved and will miss this lovely woman.

  • Brett Eshleman

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I really enjoyed reading the story. She had a full life and a family that loved her m.

  • Barbara and Jim Gallagher

    JoAnn and Charley were dear friends of ours and were sadly missed when they left Scottsdale. Always good fun at their home. Never a dull moment.Funny memories of JoAnn learning to use the computer and the names she called the darn thing. She was an amazing woman of great faith. She was never too busy or too tired to do something for our Phoenix chapter of the Christ Child Society. As a long time member, I owe her a lot. Rest in peace dear friend.

  • Melinda Saylor

    Sending condolences to the entire Donnelly family. Your mother was lovely and a generous lady. So many fond memories to be cherished by everyone. Love to you.

  • Egan McGlynn

    What an outstanding obituary for a beautiful woman, who scared the crap out of me if she returned from dinner early, but was always the most gracious and fun hostess. I’m happy she’s back in the food with Mr D.
    May they embrace the heavenly arms of God together again.
    Love to the Donnelly clan

  • Egan McGlynn

    Back in the fold I meant…

  • Sue Ellen Isacksen

    What a wonderful, devoted life that JoAnn led. She did so much for so many, and raised a big family and shepherded all those grandkids too. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. I love the details of this rich life story, especially the hair bow and brooch detail. May she Rest In Peace.

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