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Clare Cecilia "Ceil" Meiners Donnelly
Birth: Jan. 5, 1903
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1990
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

Born January 5 (the 11th Day of Christmas), 1903 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio the daughter of George Gerard Meiners and Clara Estermann Meiners, Clare Cecilia ("Ceil") Meiners Donnelly was the third of seven surviving children. Her eyes were hazel green, and her hair was brown. As a young woman she toured Europe and brought back statues of Mary and Joseph. Ceil married Thomas James Donnelly from Madison County, New York on October 12, 1929 at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Cincinnati. Tom was a salesman based out of nearby Indianapolis, Indiana, and he and Ceil met through a co-worker of Tom's from Cincinnati who knew the Meiners family. They had five children: Mary Clare Donnelly Minges, Thomas J. Donnelly (Mary's twin who died in infancy), Anne ("Nancy") Roger Donnelly Riley, Thomas Meiners Donnelly, and Catherine ("Katie") Theresa Donnelly O'Fallon. Ceil loved having her grandchildren visit at her Wynnburne home in Green Hills. Her grandson Tom Donnelly recalls staying over at his grandparents' home and falling asleep to the sounds of his grandparents saying the rosary. Like her parents and husband, she was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was 87 when she died in Cincinnati on December 20, 1990. She is buried in the Meiners family plot in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cincinnati. Her ancestry was German.

Thanks to her children for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Family links: 
  George Gerard Meiners (1875 - 1954)
  Clara Estermann Meiners (1876 - 1963)
  Thomas James Donnelly (1900 - 1980)
  Mary Clare Donnelly Minges (1930 - 2013)*
  Thomas J. Donnelly (1930 - 1930)*
  Anne Roger Donnelly Riley (1933 - 2012)*
  Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934 - 1997)*
  Herman George Meiners (1898 - 1967)*
  William Henry Meiners (1899 - 1963)*
  Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903 - 1990)
  Lawrence H. Meiners (1904 - 1980)*
  Eleanor Clara Meiners (1906 - 1930)*
  Paul John Meiners (1908 - 1981)*
  Roger Sampson L. Meiners (1912 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 32, Lot 13, Grave 12
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Dec 30, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5129478
Clare Cecilia Ceil <i>Meiners</i> Donnelly
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Clare Cecilia Ceil <i>Meiners</i> Donnelly
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Clare Cecilia Ceil <i>Meiners</i> Donnelly
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- A Golden Girl
 Added: Feb. 19, 2017
Love you so much, Grandma Donnelly!
- Sharlotte
 Added: Feb. 4, 2017
Remembering your birth 113 years ago today. Love,
- Sharlotte
 Added: Jan. 5, 2017
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