HENRIETTE KANANI DONAHUE
HENRIETTE KANANI DONAHUE Henriette Kanani Donahue was born in Honolulu on November 9, 1930 to Henriette Hedwig Eckart Austen and Edmund John Austen. She was preceded in death by husband Neil "Corky" Donahue, daughter Glenna Athanassiou (Vageli), son Francis, sister Muriel Roselani Guigni and brother Edmund Francis "Denny" Austen. She is survived by 11 children: Linda Sayegusa (Dennis), Tara Oda (Robert), Marla Donahue, Neil Donahue Jr., Tricia Burns (Kekoa), Shannon Donahue (Mary), Dion Donahue, Moya Donahue, Nola Lewis (Allan), Devin Donahue, Conan Donahue (Kathy), 20 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, brother Wilby George "Buddy" Austen and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kanani lived on the Pearl City peninsula, attended August Ahrens Grade School, R.L. Stevenson Intermediate School, Roosevelt High School and the Ursuline Academy in San Antonio Texas - class of 1948. After graduation, Kanani worked as a teller at the Bank of Hawaii, a hostess for M's Ranch House in Aina Haina and a manager at the Elks Club in Waikiki. Kanani married Neil Donahue, on January 7, 1951, and they raised their 12 children in Waialae-Kahala. She taught her children the value of hard work and the importance of education. Friendships were just as important. Although she had many children her home was always open to friends and neighbors, she never turned anyone away. Throughout the years she was an active member of several local groups: Ahahui Ka'ahumanu, Daughters of Hawai'i, Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club, Roosevelt Alumni Association and the German Benevolent Society. She was also on the board of the Hawaiian Prince Apartments. Kanani was a gracious and caring woman and she was able to resolve all issues with grace and understanding because of her unwavering faith in the Lord. Her positive outlook on life helped her get through the later years when she had to deal with health issues. She wanted to attend a family reunion in Germany in June. Unfortunately, time was not on her side. She had a stroke on December 23rd from which she never fully recovered. She passed away peacefully on January 29, 2015 at her home with her children and grandchildren at her bedside. Mom, aloha, until we meet again. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Star of the Sea Church in Aina Koa (4470 Aliikoa St., Hon. HI 96821). Visitation: 8:30-10:00am. Ahahui Ka'ahumanu Service 10:00-10:15am. Mass 10:15am. Lunch to follow. Private scattering of ashes.
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