Anna Catherine Donohue, 88, of New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully while sleeping early Friday morning on June 29th, 2018.
Anna, born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on September 9, 1929, was the eldest surviving daughter of 11 siblings born to the late Anna (McMillan) and James P. Donohue. Anna is pre-deceased by her former husband, Walter J. Moriarty Sr., a former NYPD Detective.
Anna, known as “Unnie” by immediate family and friends, is survived by her loving children, John W. Moriarty and his wife Karen of Boxford, MA, Judith (Moriarty) Wolf and her husband Steve of Montclair, N.J., and Walter J. Moriarty and his wife Harumi.
Unnie leaves four cherished grandchildren, Erica Brooke (Wolf) Turzak and husband Eric Turzak, Elizabeth Anne Wolf, John Michael “Jack” Moriarty and Katherine Anna “Kate” Moriarty, and two “precious” great-grandchildren, Dylan Sage and Ryan Eric Turzak. Her commitment to and love for these children was unbounded.
Anna is also survived by four siblings Barbara Donohue, Judy Gueci, Roxanne Brooks and Patrick Donohue and their families.
Anna entered the workforce at Ideal Toy Factory in the mid-1950s. She went on to a position at Vintage Wines Imports, NYC, where she was admired by management and selected by co-workers to serve as a union representative. She later went to work on Wall Street before expressing her newly found love for skiing as manager and buyer for Mountain Creek Ski Shops, in NJ, formerly known as Vernon Valley/Great Gorge. Anna ultimately fulfilled her dream of owning a small fabric shop, which she opened as Whittingham’s in Upper Montclair, N.J.
Unnie, never idle, lived everyday with a passion for her creative pursuits of all kinds, but especially for sewing (from pillows to gowns), ceramic doll making, doll house construction and unique handmade doll furniture, woodworking (created and installed her own kitchen cabinets) and ultimately machine embroidery. She filled orders for family and friends with creative abandon and loving intention. We all continue to admire and enjoy her talent and the fruits it bore.
Upon retirement Unnie moved to Florida, where she lived seasonally then permanently for 20 years. She moved to Beverly, MA, in January 2017, where she remained close to family.
A Catholic Mass and a Celebration of Life reception in honor of Unnie is planned for the fall.