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Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly

  • Birth 22 Jul 1934 Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 8 Jun 2000 Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Wilder, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 5058420

She was born in 1934 at home in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, the youngest of six children, on the hottest day--108 degrees--ever recorded there for July 22. (More temperature records were broken in the United States in 1934 than in any previous year of Weather Bureau history. The worst drought in American history, epitomized in the Great Dust Bowl, happened in 1934, the worst in a millenium.). Mary's five siblings were Christian Stauber, Ida Stauber Jacobs, Jeannette Stauber Heileman, Ruth Stauber Elsbernd, and Lee Stauber. Her father died when she was only one year old. Mary recalled how each Christmas Eve growing up, the family was too poor to buy stockings to hang. So the children put out their cereal bowls instead.

A devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary Margaret Rita Stauber Donnelly was a devout Catholic who, thanks to her son Tommy, fulfilled her dream of visiting the Vatican in 1999. Every time she would drive over the "Big Mac" Bridge into Ohio from Kentucky she would look at the Miraculous statue atop Immaculata Church in Mount Adams and say, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." She was a graduate of Our Lady of Providence High School in Newport where she starred in the class play, "Pride and Prejudice." She had brown eyes and blonde hair.

Mary met her future husband at a mixer at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She married Thomas Meiners Donnelly on September 3, 1955 at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Newport, and they had eight children: Thomas ("Tom") Christian Donnelly (anthropologist, attorney, athletic director, husband, and father), Ann ("Nancy") Mary Donnelly Maushart (nurse, wife, and mother), Kevin Roger Donnelly (real estate appraiser, real estate broker, husband, and father), Kathleen ("Kathy") Mary Donnelly Smith (artist, wife, and mother), Patricia ("Patty") Mary Donnelly Kues (nurse, wife, and mother), Mary Jude Donnelly Gruenschlaeger (business woman, wife, and mother), Molly Marie Donnelly Simmins (educator, wife, and mother), and Kelly Marie Donnelly (nurse, wife, and mother), 27 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Mary and Tom made sure that each of their eight children got 12 years of Catholic education.

For decades she was a member of Saint Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Fort Thomas, Campbell County. On March 23, 2000 she collapsed in the Newport K-Mart parking lot near Newport Central Catholic High School. Less than three months later, Mary died of brain cancer on June 8, 2000 surrounded by all her children and other family saying the rosary at home at 77 West Villa Place in Fort Thomas, at age 65. She is buried next to her husband and her parents, Christine Simon Stauber and Christian Stauber.

She was the fourth of four generations of mothers and daughters buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wilder, Campbell County. Her ancestry was German.

The Donnelly family gemstone is the ruby. The flower is the tiger lily.

Most of this information comes from the Stauber and Donnelly families. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.


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  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 15 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5058420
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (22 Jul 1934–8 Jun 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5058420, citing Saint Josephs Cemetery, Wilder, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .