Attilio Donahue (formerly Attilio L. Caterini), 73, of Beverly, died Jan. 20.
Funeral services were held at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church on Jan. 27. Private interment followed.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anna Maria; his children, John Donahue and Christine Donahue Nesis; his grandchildren, Reiley Nesis, Emily Nesis and MacKenzie Nesis-Kramer; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends in Italy and America.
Donahue was born in Pieve Santo Stefano, Italy, in 1946. He arrived in America in 1960 and was adopted by Thomas and Gemma Donahue. A 1966 graduate of Leo High School, Donahue attended the University of Illinois-Chicago, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
He taught Italian at Cameron Elementary School and Gordon Technical High School on Chicago’s North Side before coming to Morgan Park High School (MPHS) in 1985. He was named chairman of the foreign language department in June 1986.
One of the highlights of his career was his foreign exchange program in which he would travel with MPHS students and host student groups from Italy. He also sponsored local residents on tours of his native country. From spring 1986 until his retirement, Donahue was the co-sponsor of the MPHS student council.
Donahue was a member of Kiwanis International, the Knights of Columbus, the Sons of Italy and a volunteer for Catholic Charities. The Committee of Italians Abroad of the Consular District of Chicago named him as an official member. He was voted “Teacher of the Year” at MPHS. He was also honored with the prestigious Bluhm-Kovler Award for Excellence in Teaching (1989), the Home Depot Teacher of the Year Award and the Mayor Daley All-City High School Best Garden Award.
Memorials are appreciated to Catholic Charities, 721 N. La Salle St., Chicago, IL 60654 or Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, 355 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607.