Paul Donelan

Paul Michael "Mike" Donelan

Tuesday, July 28th, 1936 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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DONELAN, Paul Michael “Mike,” 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Kilmarnock, Virginia, on July 28, 2019, his birthday. He was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 28, 1936, to Dr. James Plumer Donelan and Genevieve Spellbring Donelan.
Mike is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna Aronson Donelan; his daughter, Suzanne Taylor (George), of Richmond, Virginia; his son, Thomas Donelan (Donna Lee), of Whippany, New Jersey; his five grandchildren, Kristopher and Michael Martin, Ryan and Austin Taylor (Leah) and Sophia Donelan and great grandson, Denver Taylor; and brothers Jim Donelan (Patty), and Jack Donelan (Susie) and several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Mike was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He worked for several years as a certified life insurance underwriter in Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa and Lynchburg, Virginia. He met his wife while working as an orderly at a hospital in Omaha, where Donna was a registered nurse. After retirement, he and Donna shared a passion for choral singing and toured internationally with the Jefferson Choral Society of Lynchburg, and were active in church choirs at Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg and Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock.
Mike also enjoyed catching bass on the Donelan Family Sand Pit Lake in Nebraska; fishing trips on the Winnipeg River in Ontario, Canada, with the Aronson Clan; hunting waterfowl and other game birds with family in Nebraska, and being a member of Ducks Unlimited and collecting decoys; he also cheered on the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and loved spending time with his grandchildren and sharing conversation over a bottle of wine with friends and family.
Mike will be remembered for his zest for life and vibrant, welcoming spirit; his love and pride for his family and his beloved dog, Pearl. He was active in many church congregations and sparked a friendship with everyone he met. He also participated in two Alzheimer’s support groups in the Northern Neck and was Donna’s caregiver for several years.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. Main Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia, 22482, followed by a reception at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482. Friends and family may view condolences and tributes at In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please consider a memorial contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, #130, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23060 or, or donating blood in Mike’s honor.
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    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Grace Episcopal Church
    303 South Main Street
    Kilmarnock, VA 22482
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Donations are being accepted for: Alzheimer's Association.


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Susan Manion

Posted at 08:06am
Donna was a former member of Chapter AD, Lynchburg, and Mike was a dear B.I.L. Our chapter would like to send a donation to Cottey College in his memory. Could we have Suzanne's address? As a Cottey grad she should be notified. Please respond to Susan Manion -

J Hudnall

Posted at 01:13pm
I am so grateful to have known Uncle Mike and been able to grow up spending time with the Donelan family. We didn't see each other often but made lots of great memories along the way. Fun trips to Canada and some wild and crazy parties in Des Moines! He leaves a lasting impression on my heart and will always be remembered. Big hugs to you all!
J. Hudnall (Aronson)

david thomas

Posted at 02:58pm
Met Mike at First Colony Life , he was our friend. We enjoyed our many fishing trip's together in Canada . Mikes son Tom was able to go with us one year and we all had a great time. My sympathy is expressed to Donna, Suzanne , Tom and all family. Sincerely, David Thomas.

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Posted at 02:10pm
With Sympathy our thoughts and prayers. JLThomas&Co, Mike , David and Craig and staff.
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Patsy Thomas

Posted at 08:59pm
I worked in the Medical and Underwriting Departments @ First Colony Life as an Admin for the Docs and Underwriters. Met Donna @ several functions over the years. Mike was a lover of the Arts,Travel, Good foods and Wine and his wife, a real gentleman. So sorry for
the Family's loss.

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