Mildred A. L. Donnelly


Mildred Astrid Louise (Peterson) Donnelly died peacefully on Friday morning, July 27, 2012 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 87.

Mildred was born on June 4, 1925, in E. Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Anton and Thilda (Nilsson) Peterson.

She was predeceased by her husband, James F. Donnelly, in March of 1995. She traveled extensively with him while he served in the Air Force for 30 years and in 1973 moved to the Cape to retire. She was a member of the West Parish Congregational Church of Barnstable.

Mildred enjoyed sewing, knitting, and reading. She loved to be with her grandchildren, attending their skating competitions, hockey games and watching her grandson play baseball.

Mildred is survived by her daughters, Linda D. Woods and her husband, Walter, and Betsy A. Donnelly, both of Vineyard Haven; her sister, Elsie D. Reis of Sandwich; five grandchildren, Julie Meader and her husband, Jared, Diana W. Braillard and her husband, Andrew, Carlton L. Woods and his wife, Jennifer, Megan Pistorino and A.J. Pistorino; four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Hunter, Savannah, and Silas Meader with a great-granddaughter due in December.

Her graveside service will be held at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne at Otis AFB on August 6 at 2:15 pm.

Donations may be made in her memory to Sight Loss Services, Inc., PO Box 414, W. Dennis, MA 02670 or Center for Eye Research and Education (CERE), 50 Stanford Street 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Rd, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.