Mari Monsees-Donahue, 88, of New Milford, died Feb. 15, 2012, at New Milford Hospital. She was the widow of George Donahue.

Mrs. Monsees-Donahue was born Jan. 9, 1924, in New York City, daughter of the late Catherine Tewes Carstens and Alfred Monsees.

She was a longtime resident of New York City, where she was a fashion designer for Simplicity Pattern Company.

She later moved to Connecticut, residing in New Milford with family and her three cats.

Mrs. Monsees-Donahue is survived by a niece, Katharine Waters, of New Milford; a nephew, George W. Waters II, of Clark Summit, Pa.; a great-nephew, Edward F. Burns II; and two great-nieces, Rebekah and Mary Waters and their families.

A burial will take place in the spring. There are no calling hours.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to ASPCA, New York.