Janine Marie Donnellan
Our beautiful, talented, and wonderful Janine Marie Donnellan left us peacefully in Austin, Texas on September 9th, 2016 after an extended illness which she fought courageously to the end.
Janine was born to Audrey and Eugene Donnellan of Owego, New York. She graduated from Owego Free Academy and attended at classes RIT and Cornell University. She graduated with honors from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, where she was inducted into Alumnae Hall of Fame in 2005.
Janine founded her own company, Culinary Business Ventures, which she operated in Aspen, Santa Fe, and Austin. She spent most of her time in Aspen, where she was an avid skier and outdoors person. There, she opened the Buffalo Burrito Company and Freestyle Catering. Most recently, she was a director at Hemphill County Hospital in Canadian, Texas, where she also earned her EMT certification.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister Laurel Donnellan of Cedar Park, Texas; sister Marissa Donnellan and Marissa’s daughter Katya Raffensperger of Easthampton, Massachusetts; brother Dean Donnellan, his wife Sharon and their son and daughter, Aidan and Alena, of Cedar Park, Texas. These loving family members were with Janine constantly during her illness. Janine is also survived by her rescue dogs Mac and Stevie, who she loved dearly.
There will be no calling hours or formal services but a memorial celebration of Janine’s life will be announced at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made through donations to your local animal rescue organization or shelter.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to all of Janine’s caregivers, friends, and colleagues who have been so thoughtful during this difficult time.
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