Joseph A. Donahue
May 27, 2002


Joseph A. ''Joe'' Donahue, 77, of Onondaga Hill died Monday. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he lived most of his life in the Syracuse area. He retired in 1984 as an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Syracuse Police Department after 38 years. He was a communicant of St. Michael's Church, where he was an usher. He was a volunteer at Van Duyn Home & Hospital and a member of the Greater Syracuse Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, served in the Pacific and received a Bronze Star. Survivors: His wife, the former Dorothy M. Stapleton; five daughters, Kathleen Bettinger of Chittenango, Anne Twomey of Camp Hill, Pa., Jeanne Pernisi of Marcellus, Elaine McMahon of Baldwinsville and Janet Dethlefsen of St. Louis; two sons, Daniel of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Michael of Shrewsbury, N.J.; 23 grandchildren; a great-grandchild. Services: 9:15 a.m. Friday at Tindall Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial, Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1921 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Contributions: St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Department of Oncology, 301 Prospect Ave., Syracuse 13203.