Barbara “Bobbie” Louise Donohoe

September 25, 1929 - August 14, 2016 West Grove, PA | Age 86 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Sister

Barbara (Bobbie) Louise Donohoe, 86, passed on to her eternal, heavenly resting place on August 14th, 2016. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief of God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her grace and perfect peace as she departed from her earthly home.

Barbara is predeceased by her parents Wade and Grace (Robinson) Wilson and her eldest sister Eva Manning. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Philip G. Donohoe of West Grove, PA, her son Michael Donohoe (Terri) of Landenberg, PA, her daughter Jane Henry (David) of Avondale, PA, who will miss her deeply, and her sister and best friend, Evelyn Santucci of Landenberg, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: CWO3 Joshua Whann (Amy) of Woodbridge Va, Phillip Donohoe and Jacquilyn Donohoe of Landenberg, PA. Lauren LaMack of New York, NY, Sarah LaMack of Avondale, PA, David Henry, Jr. and Benjamin Henry of Avondale, PA. In addition, Barbara will be deeply missed by many cherished family members, nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and dear friends too numerous to count.

Sharing 64 wonderful years of marriage, Barbara and Phil had a beautiful bond of an unwavering faith in God and commitment to their loved ones. This dedication was evident throughout all aspects of her life, and together Barbara and Phil built the foundation of a strong family based on faith, support and enduring love. Together, they founded a mushroom-growing enterprise where she served as a business partner of a successful establishment that flourished for 27 years. They then went on to operating a retail establishment serving the mushroom industry until the age of retirement.

She was a graduate of Kennett High School and was a proud founding member of the Kennett High School Alumni Association.

An avid reader of the bible, Barbara could always be counted on to share a recently read passage with a loved one to brighten their day. She combined her love of Christ and reading by participating in the Circle of Grace Bible Study group for many years while at her former parish, Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, Delaware. She was also a member of several other community committees and a founding member of the SAGES senior group. Barbara shared her faith and happiness with others by becoming a Eucharistic Minister and a Catechist for this Catholic ministry. She served as a member of the Coffee Run Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and was the Principal of the PREP children’s Christian educational program for three years at St. Mary of the Assumption. For many years, she volunteered at the Cokesbury Village Retirement Community, the Kennett Area Senior Center, and was a member of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania. Barbara volunteered countless hours with families through the Neighborhood Hospice of the Chester County Hospital, providing comfort and compassion to others in their final moments of need. She shared her love of horticulture and gardening with many with her respect and love for nature and wildlife preservation in addition to her love and admiration of all animals great and small. Her favorite activity was spending time entertaining and socializing with her dear friends and family.

For the past 15 years, Barbara lived at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community and was a member of the Assumption BVM Church in
West Grove, Pennsylvania.

Barbara’s life was filled with joy, creativity, laughter, and the love of those that knew her. Her deep faith in God that sustained her throughout her life carried her through to her last days and continues to live on in the hearts of her loved ones. She will be forever remembered for her quick witted charm, deep wisdom of life, and willingness to lend a hand to any friend in need. (Luke 23:43) Jesus told him, “I tell you with certainty, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

You are invited to visit with Barbara’s family and friends from 7-9 PM Friday August 19, 2016 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116), 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348 and again from 9-10 AM Saturday August 20th at Assumption BVM Catholic, 300 State Rd., West Grove, PA 19390. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Saturday at the Church. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E Cypress St, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or the Jenner’s Pond Benevolent Care Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Memorial Donations

Willow Tree Hospice

616 E. Cypress St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Jenner's Pond Benevolent Care Fund

2000 Greenbriar Lane
West Grove, PA 19390



August 19, 2016 7-9PM Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 W. State St.
Kennett Square, PA 19348


August 20, 2016 9-10AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390

Mass of Christian Burial

August 20, 2016 10AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390


  1. What a lovely lady who will be sorely missed by many. Prayers to all who loved her.

    Phyllis Roberts | September 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM
  2. It’s difficult to believe that heaven could ever be improved on….but with the arrival of Bobby, it has to be even more wonderful. I’m sure Jesus is smiling and the angels are chuckling as Bobby runs and jumps and even soars, as she tries out her brand new, perfect body. It’s been a long time since she has felt good, but is she ever making up for it now. Of course, many of her loved ones are there as well, and they can hardly wait to show her what the Lord has prepared for her. A huge feast was held in her honor and it far, far exceed any celebrations she has ever known on earth.
    She will be sorely missed down here, but the sweet fragrance that she left behind will perhaps cause us to look to heaven in wonder…. hopefully to help us regard the priorities in our own lives. May we recall her special smile and to remember what a joy it brought to us. Possibly we can all benefit from the alluring song of Bobby’s life. If we could yet give her a gift,…. it would be to echo hers.

    Rick and Sandy LaMack | August 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM
  3. Dear Phil, Mike and Family, Russ and I were sorry to hear of your wife and mothers death. We were away at the time of the service but want you to know we are thinking of you all and offering our sympathy.

    Russ and Kathy Kilmer

    Kathy Kilmer | August 25, 2016 at 7:36 PM
  4. bye

    tony spomoni | August 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM
  5. We were very sad to hear about Bobbie’s passing. We missed her at the Sage’s lunches and seeing her sitting there with friends.
    She definitely was a special lady and loved by all. She holds a special place in our hearts.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Phil and his family.

    John McCormick | August 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM
  6. Bobbie had a great smile that was welcoming and loving. She will be missed. Phil, Jane, Mike, Evelyn and family…our sympathy to you all in this huge loss.

    Jan and Frank Powers | August 18, 2016 at 4:34 PM
  7. We send our deepest sympathy to a wonderful family! We had the best times as neighbors on Starr Road. There was always food, gifts, parties, cook-outs, kindness, fun (even the red Christmas lights and Tunnels) Bobbie had a great sense of humor. She didn’t just smile, her eyes always lit up when she giggled. She would help anyone out, that made her feel great inside. We will always cherish all the memories of the Donohoes and pray you find Peace in being able to be all your family could be to each other. Many do not ever achieve that-as there may not be a tomorrow. Rest In Peace Dear Friend !

    Patti Cornette and Family | August 16, 2016 at 10:42 AM
  8. God knew that she was weary,
    and the hills were hard to climb.
    So, HE gently closed her eyelids,
    and whispered, “Peace Be Thine.”

    Patti Cornette | August 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM
  9. A lovely tribute for a lovely and strong woman. Many fond memories and chats filled with giggles. Her kindness and open heart touched many and many will miss her. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Uncle Phil, Michael and Janie and know that Aunt Bobbie will be watching over you.
    Our sympathies and love,
    Gail, Ed and Lindsay

    Gail Phelan | August 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM
  10. Dear Jane, so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. I know she was having a difficult time, but now she is at peace. With deepest sympathy Elaine.

    Elaine Fiore | August 16, 2016 at 8:03 AM
  11. The best memories of childhood were the family picnics at your house with the big sceened porch. Pop-pop cooking steamed clams. Uncle Phil flipping burgers and Aunt Bobbi welcoming everybody. So much fun and laughter. I remember having dinner at the house and loving her iced tea when I stayed over. I loved playing the piano in your basement and remember rollerskating down there too. Great times at your house ! Uncle Phil, Janie, and Michael so sorry for your loss.

    Nancy Blakely | August 15, 2016 at 9:37 PM
  12. Our heartfelt, sincerest sympathy to the Donohoe Family.

    Norman and Tara Eggers | August 15, 2016 at 7:20 PM
  13. I have nothing but good memories of Aunt Bobbie. We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Love, Danny,Amanda,Haley, and Kristen

    Danny Santucci | August 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM
  14. Jane, I am so sorry for your loss of your mom. I miss my mom everyday so I know your heart is broken. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

    Theresa Roberts | August 15, 2016 at 6:37 PM
  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jane. My heart breaks for you during this very sad time. Cherish the memories!

    Patty Krieger | August 15, 2016 at 6:26 PM
  16. Dear Jane and Family,

    What an incredibly sweet and honoring memoir of your precious Mom. I always remember her sweet, cheerful smile when I would see her back in the days on Heatherly Lane. I am praying for all of you as you walk through the days ahead.. The Lord is our ever present help, and is close to the broken hearted. With our deepest sympathies and love, Jim and Kim Steele

    kimberly Steele | August 15, 2016 at 3:39 PM
  17. Our deepest sympathies Jane and family. I remember your mom had health issues when our kids were small. She was a strong lady! This was a beautiful remembrance.
    God Bless,
    Dianne, Brian and Sean Collins

    Dianne Collins | August 15, 2016 at 2:47 PM
  18. Such a sweet lady that cared so deeply for her family! Our prayers, love, and deepest sympathy to the entire family .
    Love, Ken, Kathleen and Kristian

    Kathleen Grier | August 15, 2016 at 2:32 PM
  19. A very beautifully written obituary for a beautifully devoted, loving, caring Aunt. You should be so proud of her giving life. We wish you peace, love, and caring thoughts at this most difficult time. We all know she will be welcomed into the gates of heaven by other family members and friends who loved her. We are so sorry…our deepest sympathies to Uncle Phil, Michael, Janie, and your families. May you rest in peace Aunt Bobbie.
    Donna and Craig

    Donna Novak | August 15, 2016 at 2:31 PM
  20. We will remember Bobbie for her beauty, kindness, wit, faith and devotion to God and family. She will be missed by everyone lucky enough to know her. Our deepest sympathies to Phil, Mike and Terri, and to Janie and Dave and my nieces and nephews, we love you and are so sorry for your loss.

    Kim, Pete and kids | August 15, 2016 at 1:59 PM
  21. Aunt Bobby you will be remembered with love. Uncle Phil, Michael and Jane, sorry for your loss.

    DEBRA PARKER | August 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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