Anne Donahue

Anne Donahue (Baker)

Sunday, August 11th, 2019
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Anne Donahue (nee Baker), 52, of Bartlett, IL for many years. At peace. Originally from Colorado Springs, CO. Beloved wife of Patrick since 2007; dear daughter of the late Edwin and Joanne (nee Ostrom) Baker; cherished sister of Steven Baker; beloved daughter-in-law of Merle Donahue; sister-in-law to Kerry Passehl and Erin Donahue; dear aunt of Jake, Ryan, Colin and Silas; caring niece of Dianne Baker; granddaughter to her guardian angel Grandma Abbie; godmother and music playing partner to Emma Donahue; kind cousin to many and loving friend of Gail Seay, Chrissy Ross and many others; loving mom to her kittens Callie and Simon. Anne was the Director of the Early Instrumental Music Program at Dooley Elementary in Schaumburg District 54 for many years where she taught Suzuki violin to many beloved students. She loved the mountains of Colorado, enjoyed camping in her teardrop camper, hiking and traveling. Anne loved a good book. She was passionate about teaching at the Colorado Suzuki Institute each summer where her love of music, teaching and the mountains converged in a magical way. Most of all Anne loved teaching music to children. Teaching children Suzuki violin was her passion, her joy, her life. She helped thousands of kids develop their musical talent and play wonderful music and become noble human beings. She truly was able to nurture by love and be nurtured by that love in return. Anne was a beautiful, loving and caring soul whose presence will be deeply missed by her husband, family, furry companions and friends. Her presence will always be felt in the stillness of the mountains, forests and rivers of Colorado; she loved the beauty and serenity of it all. Thank you to all of our wonderful family and friends who helped support Anne and Patrick; each of you are special. Memorial visitation 3:00p.m. until time of memorial service 7:00p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 950 South Bartlett Rd (at Stearns Rd), Bartlett. Cremation was private at the Countryside Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colorado Suzuki Institute,, or the Anderson Animal Shelter,, would be appreciated.
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Tracy sorge

Posted at 05:49pm
My children are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Mrs Donahue. Amanda started with Anne in 2005 and Ryan in 2007... both have become musicians all because of her beautiful soul. “up like a rocket down like the rain” Mrs Donahue you are loved and will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to the Donahue/Baker family. The Sorge Family

Steve Baker Posted at 11:31pm

Tracy, Anne would not want your children to be heartbroken. And they shouldn't be. It sounds like Anne gave them herself during their time together. That should only be celebrated today. :)

John Popadiuk & Family

Posted at 04:12pm
Anne and Pat have been our good neighbors in Bartlett for a long time, and we got to know them on our dog or cat walking strolls around Walnut Hills. Anne was a accomplished violinist and such an outdoors person coming from Colorado. We helped one time greatly as her cat got out and was gone for hours after dark. Suffice to say Anne was beside herself, but we all had hope. Our family searched and searched and eventually found the cat behind our house hiding in the bushes. Anne will be greatly missed by everyone, but we are happy she will find peace in the Lord and we got to know her just enough. The Popadiuk Family.

Steve Baker Posted at 11:28pm

If you helped return Simon or Cali at least once I'm sure Anne was more than grateful to have such a good neighbor! But it sounds like you were there maybe a couple more times for less traumatic events and appreciated as more-than just a good neighbor. :) I'm sorry I never got to meet you.

Steve Baker

Posted at 10:22pm
Unfortunately it looks like the Countryside memorial service web-site doesn't allow the posting of video. Here are links to some of my favorite movies from Anne's youth...

There are many more here:

I love you Anne. :)

Steve Baker

Posted at 05:09pm
Here are some more photos I found. Sorry if there are duplicates.

Ruth Engle Larner

Posted at 11:25am
My deepest sympathies go out to Anne's family, students, and friends. I knew Anne many years ago - I believe she was a student at UNC in Greeley at the time, and we met through playing violin in the Cheyenne Symphony. I had recently moved to Fort Collins to start a Suzuki violin studio, and she was very interested in that. Then we roomed together in Snowmass at the Colorado Suzuki Institute, while taking teacher training classes. This all must have been in the mid-1990s. It was so exciting to hear about her connection with Joanne Bath, and her immersion in Suzuki pedagogy after that. Every time I saw her, whether at CSI or at the SAA Conferences, she had wonderful stories to share about her teaching experiences... She touched so many lives in such a positive way, and that influence will continue on into the future.

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