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Jeannine M. (Deveau) Donohoe

Jeannine M. (Deveau) Donohoe, 85 of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of the late James A. Donohoe, Jr. with whom she shared over 50 years of marriage before he passed away in 2016.

She was born in Lowell on February 26, 1938, the daughter of the late Placide and Cecile (Dunn) Deveau. She worked in the kitchen at Christian Hill Nursing Home before later transitioning to the laundry room at D’Youville Manor Nursing Home.

A lifelong resident of Lowell, she was a communicant of the former St. Louis Church, where she was involved in the prayer group. Additionally, she found joy in spending time with the quilting circle at Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church in Lowell. She was a lifelong communicant of Holy Family Parish in Lowell where her father sculpted the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. She was also a former member of the Holy Family choir.

Jeannine possessed a gracious heart and generously volunteered her time for RARA and the Lowell Senior Center. She found great joy in crafting, particularly in scrapbooking memories created with her beloved family and friends.

Jeannine was an exceptional mom, known for her unwaveringly positive outlook on life. She could often be seen walking all over town, ensuring her children experienced the wonders around them. Whenever someone extended a kind gesture to her, she would express her gratitude by saying, “You’re the best in the land.” Renowned for her warm hugs, she was affectionately known for her tight squeeze.

She is survived by her children, James A. Donohoe III of Lowell, Lisa A. and her husband, Scot Garneau of Sanford, NC, Gerald P. Donohoe of Hudson, NH, and Cheryl A. Donohoe of Lowell; her grandchildren, Morgan Towne, Michael Donohoe and Jason Donohoe; and several great grandchildren. She is also survived by her cousins, Billy Dunn, June Bowser-Barrett, and many other cousins; her nephew, Stephen Vachon and his wife, Monica and their daughter, Amy and her close friends, Ilonka Espaillat and Terry Christian both of Lowell.

In addition to her husband and parents, Jeannine was predeceased by her infant daughter, the late Beatrice Celeste; and her sisters, the late Pauline Vachon, and the late Theresa Deveau.

Please consider memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: Tufts Hospice Care At Home, 360 Merrimack Street, Suite 425, Lawrence, MA 01843.

On Thursday, February 22, 2024 all are welcome to attend her calling hours from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell, 978-452-6361. Her funeral will begin on Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by her funeral mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 30 Grafton Street, Lowell. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford. For those who can not attend the funeral mass on Friday morning, her funeral will be streamed for live viewing or for viewing after the service is completed at: Please find us on Facebook or visit to leave the family a message of condolence at any time.


  • David and Carol Roarke Posted February 21, 2024 5:38 pm

    Please know your family has been in our prayers during this time. Your Mom was one of the sweetest ladies we knew, always a great snile and yes the nest “hugger”! Love and hugs to all the Donohoe Family!

  • Joyce (Miller)Rogers Posted February 22, 2024 4:20 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Jeannine so a sweet and beautiful woman.
    She was a beloved cousin

    • Lisa Garneau Posted February 26, 2024 4:11 am

      Thank you Joyce, I miss the good old days when our families had BBQ’s, esp with Bertha and Beatrice looking upon all of us kids, where have the decade’s gone! Much love, Lisa.

  • The Chamberlains Posted February 23, 2024 9:48 am

    Thinking of all of you today as you welcome Jeanine Home. She was such a sweet soul and pleasure to know! Thanking the Lord for her and All of You and that He continues to bring you peace. Love Walt, Lisa and Ethan

  • Julia Bass Posted February 24, 2024 8:11 am

    Dear Cheryl and family, Thank you for sharing so many wonderful things about your mother. I did not know her but she must have been amazing. Saying prayers for comfort and love from above, during this time.

    • Lisa Garneau, sister of Cheryl Posted February 26, 2024 4:08 am

      Thank you Julia, a lot of thought went into the planning and it was easy with a wonderful Mom that raised us 4 children and we just wanted to convey that. Our mom never complained and I hope we can copy her qualities! God bless you!

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