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Kathleen Ann “Taffy” Donnelly

Jun 29, 2016

Kathleen Ann “Taffy” Donnelly of Boca Raton, Florida passed away on June 25, 2016, at the age of 69. She was born on September 5, 1946, in Valparaiso, Indiana to Bernice and Dr. Thomas Sheffield, a dentist.

Taffy attended Indiana University earning a Bachelor’s degree and then a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. While at IU, she met and married her beloved husband, the late Richard Reynolds Donnelly.

She enjoyed a long career, as the first children’s librarian at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Indiana, and later at the Pine Island Public Library in Pine Island, Florida, where she helped to launch Lee County’s annual Reading Festival. Her enthusiasm for books was unparalleled. She conveyed the power of storytelling to children through her vivacious and gregarious personality.

Taffy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She considered everyone she met to be a friend. She is survived by her son, Tom Donnelly, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie. She was the proud grandmother to Gray and Finn Donnelly, whom she cherished and to whom she instilled her love of reading. Also surviving are her sister, Laurie Krieger, and many nieces and nephews.

The family requests contributions be made to the Bartholomew County Public Library, Attn: Business Office, 536 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201, and the Friends of the Pine Island Public Library, Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922.

Memorial arrangements will be made at a later date.