Michael Donnelly

Michael Leo Donnelly

June 22, 1945 - June 19, 2020
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In lieu of flowers Donations in Mike’s name can be made to:
Amnesty International or Doctors Without Borders.

Michael L. Donnelly, 74, passed away at RWJ Hospital in New Brunswick on Friday, June 19, 2020, from complications of Scleroderma. He was born in Trenton, NJ, attended Trenton Catholic High School and graduated from Cathedral High School and Rutgers University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam during the war. He resided in Monroe, NJ after many years of living in Metuchen where he was involved in local politics. He served as the editor of The Lawrence Ledger and The Windsor-Heights Herald for several years. He was retired from a career as a corporate communications officer and editor for many national corporations including AT&T and American Express among others. Predeceased by his parents, Leo and Bernie Donnelly, Mike is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Maggie Ryan, his daughter Katie and husband Michael Warren of Boston, his daughter Megan and husband Everett Presley and grandson Hendrik Presley of Maplewood, NJ. Also surviving are his sister Jo Ann Donnelly and husband Roger Hardy of Hamilton Township, NJ, and his brother Patrick Donnelly and wife Martha of Lewisberry, PA.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Ruby Memorial in North Brunswick. Family and friends may share memories and offer condolences at
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  • Private Cremation Service

    June 23, 2020 |
    June 23, 2020
    The Crematory at Holy Cross
    Cranbury South River Road
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    Private Cremation will take place at The Crematory at Holy Cross Burial Park. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Time: To Be Announced


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Georgia Rosen

Posted at 03:11pm
Mike was the first person I met when I went to work for the Packet Newspaper group in the mid-70s, and he remained a friend for life. He and Maggie enriched our lives in so many ways, from how to throw an outstanding wedding to how to be wonderful parents. Mike was smart, witty, irreverent -- very irreverent -- and despite all that a wonderful friend. David and I cherish our memories of him. He is missed.

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