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Clare Cecilia “Ceil” Meiners Donnelly

Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Dec 1990 (aged 87)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 32, Lot 13, Grave 12
Memorial ID 5129478 · View Source
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Born January 5 (the 11th Day of Christmas), 1903 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio the daughter of George Gerard Meiners and Clara H. Estermann Meiners, Clare Cecilia ("Ceil") Meiners Donnelly was the second of seven children who survived early infancy out of about thirteen born. 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. In 1930 they lived at 1038 Kreis Lane in Cincinnati. They lived most of their married life on Wynnburne Avenue in an area of Green Hills developed by her Uncle Harry Esterman. 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 and her grandson Thomas C. Donnelly 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.

  • Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Added: 30 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5129478
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clare Cecilia “Ceil” Meiners Donnelly (5 Jan 1903–20 Dec 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5129478, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .