07 Dec 2021

Last daughter of noted Glenties family passes on in California

Last daughter of noted Glenties family passes on in California

The death in Novato, California, U.S.A. of Joan O'Donnell (Sokitch), severs another link with the days of the noted O'Donnell's Hotel in Glenties.

Joan died peacefully at her home in Novato, U.S.A. on the 11th March 2016. at the age of 88.

She was the youngest daughter of the late William and Mary O'Donnell who were prominent in the hotel and business life of Glenties for several generations and were also founders of the Narin and Portnoo Golf Club.

The family owned O'Donnell's Hotel, Glenties which is now the Highlands Hotel, and Inishkeel House in Narin, which they built themselves. An old photograph of O'Donnell's Hotel taken in 1926 can still be seen in the Highlands Hotel today.

Joan was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Mount Anville In Dublin. In the late 1950's Joan emigrated to the U.S.A. and lived for the rest of her life in San Francisco. Joan never forgot Donegal , she made her home everything Donegal, and as she returned home on many visits to Glenties, she was always made very welcome by her own loveable people of Glenties.

Joan's funeral took place at St. Anthony's Church Novato, California U.S.A. on the 18th March last.

Joan is survived by her son Michael Sokitch (San Francisco) and by her daughter Aisling Gilliland (San Diego), by her son in law Douglas Gilliland (San Diego), and by her three grandchildren, Nicole, Hannah and Ronan all (San Diego ) and by her sister in law, Jean O Donnell (Dalkey), Co. Dublin.

To all who knew Joan, may she rest in peace.

Our picture is a file image of Glenties Main Street.

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