Carol Sue Donelan, 89, of Alford passed away peacefully in her home on the evening of July 5, 2020, with her family by her side. The cause was congestive heart failure. She was lucid to the end.
Carol Sue was born June 10, 1931, in Newton. She moved to Monterey in 1958 when she married Bob Donelan and, in 1972, moved with the family to Alford. Carol Sue graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. Decades later, she earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and then qualified as a certified financial planner. For years she ran her own personal financial planning practice and also served as tax collector for the town of Alford.
She had many friends. Her passions included oil painting, rug making, sweater knitting, cooking, gardening, playing bridge,and bird watching. She loved listening to classical music, playing golf, traveling internationally, cross-country skiing, and swimming in the ocean. She was an avid reader and worked part time at the Mason Library. She never missed a weekly New York Times crossword puzzle. Carol Sue loved her golden retrievers, Goldie and Taffy. A committed lifelong learner, she studied widely, from Greek mythology to Japanese language. She was a devout Catholic and parishioner of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and St. Peter’s Church in Housatonic and Great Barrington. As a loving mother, grandmother, mentor, and friend she is deeply missed. Her family is confident she is now with Jesus.
She is survived by her only child, Geoffrey, of Alford and New York City; his wife, Yukie; and grandchildren Tucker of Alford and Medford, and John “ JP” of Atlanta, Georgia. She was predeceased by her husband, Judge Robert J. Donelan, in 2011; and her brother, Lt. Colonel Jay W. Smith.
A celebration of Carol Sue’s life will be held at a time and date to be determined. Donations in Carol Sue’s memory may be made to any of the following; Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Fairview Hospital Diagnostic Cardiology or Alford Land Trust c/o FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.