Donohue, Jo Lavonne (Byers)


April 11, 1941 – May 8, 2018

Mom passed peacefully with her daughters and family by her side. Mom’s favorite saying was “I’m a good horse in a long race!” After surviving 4 heart attacks and multiple strokes, an aggressive form of cancer finally took the “giddy up out of her go.”

We were blessed with 4 months for family and friends to say their heartfelt good-byes.

Jo is survived by her 4 daughters Ronnie (Jim) Harter, Kim (Gene) Vogler, Toni (Fil) Palmer-Salmon & Jackie (Rudy) Donohue; son Mike (Anna) Ferens; daughter-in-law Sally Ferens; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Todd (Juanita) Phillips; cousins; nieces; nephews and friends (family of the heart).

She is predeceased by her youngest son Vincent P. Ferens and husbands Charles Weller and Jack Donohue.

A small private service will be held in her honor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623 or Eldersource Rochester, 1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618.

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