In memory of

Patricia Frances Donaldson

September 12, 1929 - May 29, 2021
From: Geneseo, IL | Originally: Sac City, IA
Patricia Frances Donaldson

Patricia Frances Donaldson

Born: September 12, 1929
Died: May 29, 2021
Age: 91
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Patricia Donaldson, 91, a resident of Sac City, Iowa for over 57 years died on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Allure of Geneseo, Geneseo, Illinois.

   Patricia Frances Morrissey was born on Sept 12, 1929, to Edward C. and Katherine (Tyne) Morrissey in Amboy, Illinois. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Morrissey Country Grade School and graduated from Amboy High School in 1947. She earned a degree from Rockford Business College where she met her husband, Wayne Donaldson. They were married in Walton, Illinois, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in 1950. They lived in Rockford, Illinois, before Wayne’s new employment with Noble Manufacturing moved them to Sac City in 1960.

   Pat raised five children in idyllic small town Iowa and became a contributing member of the community through her involvement in Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, 4-H, Sac City swim team, the VFW Auxiliary, Loring Hospital Auxiliary, and Meals on Wheels. She was a valuable asset for all causes needing her creativity, sewing, baking, or flower arranging skills. She loved her many years of playing in bridge tournaments.

   Rooted in her deep Catholic faith, she generously devoted time to St Mary’s Catholic Church as teacher and director of religious education for over 20 years and lovingly arranged and cared for altar flowers. She would beg, borrow, or even steal an occasional blossom to augment a bouquet for the church. Her keen eye for flower design earned her many ribbons at the flower show at the Sac County Fair as well as several “Best of Show” awards. She also was known to pick the cherries all over town to make her prize-winning cherry jam.

    In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling with Wayne to WW II submarine veteran reunions, Green Bay Packer games, and would travel to see a grandchild in a concert, ball game, play, swim meet or opera whenever she could.

   Pat was kind, friendly, and ready for a good laugh. She lovingly taught her children to use their talents in service to others, especially those less fortunate.

    Pat is survived by her sons -Timothy Donaldson (Kim) of Wayzata, MN, Charles Donaldson (Marie) of Geneseo, IL; daughters - Janet Hart (Andrew) of Asheville, NC; Jackie Harvey (Bob) of Minneapolis, MN, and Joan Donaldson of New Zealand, and foreign exchange student, Rita Felicio, Sao Paulo, Brazil; grandchildren - Patrick Donaldson (Kelly) of Golden, CO, Laurel Donaldson (Ben Fifield) of Peoria, IL, Garrett Donaldson (Allison) of La Crosse, WI, Rebecca Hart of Savannah, GA, Nathan Hart (Julia) of Fontainbleu, France, Abigail Hart of Silver Springs, MD; John, Joseph, Seamus, Daniel, and Liam Harvey of Minneapolis, MN; great-grandchildren - Alicia Donaldson and Noah Donaldson; and sisters - Lu Burke, Dixon, IL, Julie Appleman, Moline, IL, and many nieces and nephews and extended families.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two infant sons - Daniel and William; grandchildren - Kelsey and Kevin; her sisters - Mary Frances Morrissey, Kay Muldoon, Jane Morrissey, Joan Hagaman; and brothers - William and John Morrissey.

Memorials may be made to St Mary’s Catholic Church Flower Fund
600 South 12th Street, Sac City, Iowa, 50583 (712) 662-7240

Mass of the Christian Burial
1:00 p.m., Saturday
June 5, 2021
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Father Joe Dillinger
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Monday, June 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM
“Nice picture of your mom. That is how I remember her as our neighbor and friend. She was such a friendly lady and missed her even when she moved up on 9th street to Condo. Knew both of your parents and such good neighbors when we moved to town in 1996. Know she spent lots of hours at her church and am sure she is with God now. Thinking of all her family and wanted to send our sympathies to all of you. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Monday, June 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM
“Pat was a wonderful member of the Sac City commmunity. My mother missed her when she moved. My deepest sympathy to the Donaldson family. ”
- Jane Hokanson Hawks
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:51 AM
“Whenever I was in the neighborhood, I'd have to stop. It would always end in a spirited cribbage game and Pat and I would have to listen to Wayne tell us how good he was. We'd both laugh so hard. What a wonderful couple.”
- Tom Lake
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:50 AM
“Yes ! I shared flowers with her but she and Wayne shared plants with us. Enjoyed them both so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Jan and Steve Pullen
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:50 AM
“Sorry to hear of her passing. My kid's really loved living next door to her. We send our condolences. ”
- Justin Buschmann
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:50 AM
“Sorry to hear about your mom. I enjoyed visiting with her when I would see her. This has been a rough weekend for our neighborhood. ”
- Sally Jo Mason
Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:50 AM
“So sorry to hear of Pat passing...loved working with her at church activities and she and Wayne would always visit after church with us...such a wonderful caring couple..keeping them and family in prayers”
- Cindy Williams
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:22 AM
“So sorry to hear of Pat's passing. She was a wonderful lady and great neighbor. We will keep your family in our prayers”
- Mike and Carol Nitzke
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:22 AM
“Please accept Dave & my sympathy. Pat was a role model in so many ways! When she was the CCD director she always told fellow teachers-"we just have to bend the twig a little bit". I can't tell you how many times I've thought and used that line. What a lovely and thoughtful person she was-so strong in her faith and the love she had for you children. She will be remembered in our hearts and prayers. ”
- Terry Striegel
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 3:49 PM
“To all of the Donaldson family, I am sorry to learn of your mother's passing. I remember her as a warm, kind and charitable woman who was thoughtful when my parents died. My sympathy to you at this difficult time of loss.”
- Susan Welch Jarnagin
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