Marion Elizabeth ‘Jonnee’ Dohoney, a resident of Mercer Island for over 60 years, passed away September 9, 2019 at the age of 91. She was born in Los Angeles, California to Fritz and Elin Hammerstrom who emigrated to the Unites States from Jonkoping, Sweden to work with the Salvation Army. Serving the less fortunate led the family to many places throughout the western United States including Spokane, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and finally, Seattle. Jonnee loved the adventure of moving to new places along with her sister, Carmen and her parents. One of her best childhood memories was serving the homeless on the Wharf in San Francisco during the Depression. These experiences had a lasting impact on her life. Music was also a passion for her family and as a child, Jonnee learned to play the piano beautifully by ear, never having taken a lesson.
Jonnee married Charles ‘Nace’ Dohoney in Seattle and started their family on Mercer Island where they raised two sons. During her 60 years there, she had a successful career as a real estate agent. She was highly respected by her peers and was always willing to mentor new agents, only retiring when her eyesight began to fail. Some of her favorite things were red geraniums, lemon drops and The Sound of Music. Jonnee truly enjoyed visiting with people and especially cherished her annual trip to Maui with close friends. She also enjoyed occasional trips to the casino to play the nickel slots. Jonnee was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Huskies and the Seahawks in football and the Mariners baseball team. She had a deep love for animals and her hope was that when she passed, she could become a gatekeeper in heaven for the animals.
Jonnee was preceded in death by her husband, Nace and is survived by her sons Shane and Chic, her daughter-in-law Libby, and grandchildren Mary Claire ‘Molly,’ Peter Francis and Patrick Ignatius Dohoney.