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PITTSFIELD—Ione Donnell, 70, passed away at home on March 4, 2009 with her family by her side after recently finding that she had lung cancer. She was born March 20, 1938 in Skowhegan, a daughter of Donald and Elizabeth (Loomis) Austin.

Ione was raised in Pittsfield by Oral and Vanessa Pomeroy along with their 2 children. She had been employed since age 16 for 35 years in area shoe shops. She also worked at the Cianbro office, Somerset Laundry, as a house cleaner, and as cleaner at the Pittsfield Community Theater for 10 years until her retirement.

Ione will be remembered for her work ethic and heart of gold.

She lived life to the fullest doing the things she loved with family and friends. Her family was the first priority in her life. She was also an avid bingo player.

Ione is survived by her companion of 36 years, Ralph Langley; her 3 children, Maria Farmer and husband Michael of Detroit; Danny Donnell and fiancée Katie Thill of Colorado, Jack “Scott” and fiancée Jerri Juzba of Mass.; Ralph’s 3 children, Randy and wife Julie, Michelle and husband Bill, all of Monmouth, and Renee of Missouri; 11 grandchildren, P.J., Sheena, Ben, Nicholas, Nicole, Kara, Dakota, Elizabeth, Gage, Mason and Konnor; 2 great grandchildren, Samantha and Keon. She was predeceased by her ex-husband, Ray Donnell, “all” of her parents, and her brother, Irving Austin.

Memorial services will be held 4 PM March 20th, at the First Congregatioal Church in Pittsfield.

Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at

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