Obituaries – 08-05-2020

Marie W. Donahue


Marie W. Donahue, nee Marie A. Wilhem, of Bradenton Beach, died July 25, due to COVID-19.

She was a loving wife, devoted mother of six, grandmother to 12 and great-grandmother to three. Her husband, Richard J. Donahue, died in 1979.

She will be missed by her family and a multitude of friends who enjoyed her spunk, her kindness and her joie de vivre.

She grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University. She raised her family in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, before retiring to Bradenton Beach. She loved her beautiful home by the water.

She was passionate about travel, visiting six continents, often with her children.

She was a lifelong patron of the arts, supported local theater and exposed her children to culture.

She delighted in nature and would watch for dolphins, sea birds and sea turtle tracks on her morning beach walks.

An avid reader, she volunteered at the Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society in Anna Maria.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated but no memorial gathering is planned at this time due to restrictions for the novel coronavirus.

Memorial donations may be sent to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, 2213 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217.


Priscilla Carol Seewald


Priscilla Carol Seewald, 85, of Holmes Beach, died July 22.

She was born April 20, 1935, in Manchester, New Hampshire, to Florence and Ralph Collins.

She was a loving, caring and generous woman who was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church and regularly volunteered at the church’s thrift store.

Volunteering was an important part of who she was and you would find her ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas, helping with the Center of Anna Maria Island’s home tours, working at the food pantry and delivering flowers.

She also was a longtime member of the Anna Maria Island Garden Club and many other local organizations.

She spent her career as an early childhood educator and loved working with children.

She regularly enriched children as a vacation Bible school leader and by participating in various programs at Anna Maria Elementary School.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Roser Church Food Pantry. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mrs. Seewald is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughter Lisa Turner and husband Wayne; grandchildren Rutger and Angelica Hope Turner; sister Judith Stermer; and other family members.

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