Susan Jean Donohue


Susan Jean Donohue, age 63, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2020.  Born in Paterson, NJ, she was a life-long resident of Fair Lawn.  An animal advocate, she was active with several area rescues including Real Dog Rescue in Mahwah and Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland.  With a fierce love for family, Susan’s greatest joy came from spending time with them and being a second mother to her cherished nieces and nephews.

Ms. Donohue was an executive assistant / office administrator with Palisade Capital Management in Fort Lee, NJ for 25 years.

Beloved daughter of the late Dorothy C. (Corell) and John J. Donohue, Jr.  Dear sister of John J. Donohue, III and wife Loretta and Patricia Shenk and late husband Gary.  Loving aunt of Ryan Shenk and wife Kelly, Kyle Shenk and wife Rachel, Casey Nagle and husband Sean, Chris Donohue and wife Sara and Russell Donohue and fiancée Courtney Dillon.  Adored great aunt of Zoe, Maddie, Mackenzie, Miles and Nora.

The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6 - 8 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  Private entombment will be at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.   Donations in memory of Susan may be made to Real Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 7106, Oakland, NJ 07436.

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Just found out today that Susie left this earth. Still in shock! Susie was my childhood friend. The Donohues and my Family all grew up together. We lived around the block. Our Moms remained close friends until Dottie's passing. Susie and I had so many fun, fearless adventures together as kids. Lots of laughing and joy. Wonderful memories of all the crazy things we did. Sue is a beautiful soul and advocate for animals. She will be missed! My heart goes out to her brother Jack and sister Patty and their families. May you all find peace during this difficult time. Much Love, Patti-Lee & Paddy (Mom)
Patti-Lee Filip
Sue was one of the nicest people I ever met. I am so sorry for your loss.
Gene Banta
I am so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. Although I have not seen her for a while I remember her friendship and her love of family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Bill Blanchard
No words can express the shock of hearing of your passing. You were a good friend and I will always remember the fun we had working at FBC. Rest in peace, you will be missed.
Dorothy Miller
It is so hard to believe that this vibrant soul has been taken from those who love her. I can hear Sue’s joyful greeting and hearty laugh whenever we met through the years. So sorry for your loss. She truly loved all the kids and delighted in their accomplishments. Deepest sympathy.
Miriam Salvemini
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