Jeannette Marie Donlin


Jeannette Marie Donlin (née Beaulac) was welcomed to heaven on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. She was born Feb. 10, 1930 in Detroit the third of five children of Rosa and Charles Beaulac.
She is survived by sisters, Theresa Hohl and Rita Hickey; brother, Ed (Mary Ann) Beaulac; brother-in-law, Dick (Cathy) Baily; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Jack; parents; sister, Gabrielle Mandeville; and sister-in-law, Gini, predeceased her.
Jeannette grew up in Detroit and attended St. Brigid's Catholic School and Immaculata High School.
She married John (Jack) Donlin on Aug. 30, 1952. They had eight children, Judy (Jerry Stormer) Donlin, Patrick Donlin, Nancy (Thom) Harris, Diane (Scott) Firman, Ed Donlin, Jim (Thuy) Donlin, Mary (Paul) Zaremba and Suzanne Donlin.
She doted on her grandchildren, Rosa (Doug) Lauber, Chelsea Rogers, Leslie (Andrew) Hughes, Mariposa (Olly Phillis) Stormer, Kristal Firman, Ted (Shelby) Donlin, Courtney (Shane) Garber, Sally (Mike) Murphy, Jackson Stormer, Keena Gilbert, Baily Donlin, Wren Gilbert, Eddie Donlin, Trey Gilbert, Seth and Renee Harris, Audrey Zaremba, Claire Zaremba and Kennedy Moore. She was blessed with four great-grandchildren and another one expected.
Jeannette found her talent with art, first with collectible antiques. She built a business of restoring, showing and selling turn of the century furniture and unique items. It was a common sight to see her come home with a car full of objects which she painstakingly refurbished back into their original state.
Jeannette also took painting lessons and created many beautiful pictures, which she framed herself. She loved redecorating and could always visualize the finished design. Her family and friends were the beneficiaries of her many talents.
Jeannette remained active all her life. She loved her bike groups, her kayak group, PEO and Garden Club because of the many friends she made. She was a world traveler, having taken many trips all over the globe.
Her most recent years were spent devouring books, music and movies and gathering Donlin, Beaulac and Vaugeois genealogy. She shared her enthusiasm with everyone - whether it was a newspaper article, a concert at Interlochen or a grandchild's accomplishment.
Her most recent years were spent devouring books, music and movies, and gathering Donlin, Beaulac and Vaugeois genealogy. She shared her enthusiasm with everyone - whether it was a newspaper article, a concert at Interlochen, or a grandchild's accomplishment.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., at St. Andrews Church, 8190 Lincoln Road, Beulah, with a light lunch to follow. The Reverands Bob McQuilkin and Jack Harnish will be preside.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Benzonia Public Library.
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Published on August 13, 2019
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Cathy MacShara
Aug 17, 2019
Goodbye Aunt Jeannette! The wonderful memories you have left with all of us are wonderful treasures. From family reunions and pony rides as a child off your front porch, sleep overs and visits with all my cousins. Visiting you in your booth in Ann Arbor as you sold your beautiful restored antiques and giving me advice on the few treasures I found. I can still hear your voice from our conversation last month about your recent letters of your childhood. You were a very special Aunt and was truly loved and will be missed❤️ prayers and strength to all the Donlin family.
Nancy Favreau Lloyd
Aug 17, 2019
Prayer to all of the Donlin Family.
Mary Rineer
Aug 15, 2019
So sorry for you and your family. My you find peace in Jesus. My mom is failing also. My heart goes out to you.
Joy & Ralph Astorino
Aug 13, 2019
Ed, so sorry for the loss of your sister - Thinking of you and you are definitely in our prayers
Carol (Rose) Hessler
Aug 13, 2019
My heart goes out to the entire Donlin family! I remember Jeannette's beautiful Antique work. And the amazing work she did with the garage at your house on South Shore. She was a woman of many many talents, leaving behind beautiful work to remember her by. I will keep you all in my prayers!
Loring Byets
Aug 13, 2019
Written in the Stars was purchased for the family of Jeannette Marie Donlin by Loring Byets.  Send flowers
Robin MacKenzie
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending prayers of comfort.
Jane Quinn
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss Ed. Glad you had the opportunity to see her this past month.
Brigid JOnes
Aug 13, 2019
Nancy and Thom, turns out after knowing you at work all these years that your mother and dad were very good friends with my parents at St. Brigid’s in Detroit. They were Ed and Catherine Corcoran. I’m sorry for your loss but excited to talk about the connection. Blessings to you and your family.
Brigid Jones