Obituary for Katherine Donahue
Katherine Barrett Donahue of Gibbsboro, NJ known to all as “Kit,” passed away on February 22, 2018, at the age of 71.
Born in West Chester, PA, Kit graduated from Penn State with a degree in political science, and began a long career in politics and later in public service. Her first position was legislative analyst for E. I. DuPont. She then worked for the Republican National Committee under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and served on the staffs of Congressmen and Senators from Virginia, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. She began her public service with the Department of Labor in 1986, where she most recently served as Director of the Office of State Systems for the Employment Training Administration in the Philadelphia Regional Office prior to retiring in 2011.
In addition to her career of public service, Kit will be remembered by all who knew her as a mentor and staunch supporter, who encouraged us in pursuing our dreams and being the best we could be. She was devoted to all her family, and had an abiding passion for flowers and gardening, entertaining and “gracious living,” sailboats, speed (!), Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Jersey Shore.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, E. John Mink, daughter Barrett Donahue-Mink (Paul Kilian), son Christopher Donahue-Mink (Danielle Sabatelli), grandchildren Jane (7), Colin (3) and Ronan (1), and siblings Ann Giunta (Leonard Giunta), Pat Donahue, Rick Donahue (Jackie Donahue) Margaret Donahue (Ted Guinee). She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary O’Neill and brother, Robert Donahue.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of Kit on Saturday, March 17, at 10 am at the Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River, 7050 N. Park Dr., Pennsauken Township, NJ 08109, with light refreshments after.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey at Girls Inc. - 1501 Cherry Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 or https://girlsincpa-nj.org/donate/.