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Peg Donohue Played Vital Role In Simsbury Life

For many decades, Peg Donohue's influence on the town of Simsbury was unmatched. She played a role in nearly every town institution, and was the go-to person for people seeking information, help or friendship. A pioneer in many respects, she was the first woman to serve on the board of selectmen, and while she was always the minority member, many of her ideas about the town's future made their way into its regulations and policies.

Margaret M. "Peg" Donohue died Feb. 16 of congestive heart failure. She was 90.

Donohue was born on Dec. 7, 1925, in Taunton, Mass, the daughter of Edmund and Theresa McCarthy. Her mother died when she was 8, and she was brought up by her...