World War II Navy Veteran, Gunner’s Mate Second Class, Patrick J. O'Donnell, Jr., 94 of Williamsport, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2018 at Valley View Nursing Home, Montoursville.
Born in the Honeypot section of Nanticoke on April 19, 1924, he was the son of the late Patrick and Katherine Maday O'Donnell. He was a member of St. Boniface Church since moving to Williamsport, from Lewistown, in 1986.
Pat loved nothing more than telling his stories about his abandoned landing craft infantry LCI 487 & LCI 93 during the first wave on Omaha Beach, Normandy on D-Day. He served one year in the South Pacific on the destroyer USS Soley DD707 & was with occupation forces when Japan surrendered.
Pat retired from the Acme Warehouse in Kearney, NJ where he worked for thirty-five years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke, and the VFW Post 7863, Duboistown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his first wife, Francis Ann Nywoski in 1993; sisters: Rita O’Donnell, Marie Novelli, and Carole Zakrzewski; brother: Joseph “Woodsie” O’Donnell.
Pat often said he’s proud to have been loved by so many people, especially by those in two different families. Surviving loved ones are: his wife of 19 years, Delores M. Mattern, Williamsport; daughter: Catherine A Fry, Hillard, Florida; granddaughter: Charlene M Williams, Glendale, AZ; grandson; Tom Donohue Jr.,Washington, DC; 3 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Daniel (Serving in the US Army and stationed in Alaska) and Matthew; sisters: Loretta Urban, Denville, NJ; Alice Russamano, Newark, NJ; Patricia Cherpak, Wilkes-Barre; step-children: Bruce, Brett, Debra; step-grandchildren: Sean, Lucas, Jessa & Shelby.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:30 AM from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM in St. Faustina Parish. He will join his first love for entombment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Cancer Society in memory of his first wife, Francis and in tribute to his second wife Delores’s successful battle with Cancer.
Grandpa, you were my Dad often. You use to play ball with me we use to go fishing with Uncle Joey and I miss you so much. I hope you and Grandma have already had a good polka dance together. Help guide me to living a life of love and lead me to the gates so that I may be able to join you and Grandma can teach me how to Polka. You may have left us but you’re where you want to be. I love and miss you both.Tommy Donohue (12 months ago)
Pat was a devoted step father, father in law, and grandfather. We will miss holidays, birthdays, and all of the times that we were able to share with him. Pam will especially miss watching sporting events with him. There will forever be a void in all of our hearts. We know you are with loved ones that have passed before you. We will miss him dearly due to the fact that he was not only family but also a friend.Brett, Pam, and Shelby (12 months ago)
Pat and I have shared so many memories of our navy days and were truly brothers. One of our favorite treks was going to the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC and meeting with so many of our other military brothers and sisters. He was tough and a pussy-cat both at the same time. RIP big guy.Don Stevens (12 months ago)
We already miss you. Rest in peace.Deb Maynard (12 months ago)
Our hearts are broken to hear the sad news of our Patsy's passing. We loved him dearly and will surely miss him. Our sympathy goes out to Dee his loving wife, who stood by him all the way, and her family who help Pat as well. Also our regrets go out to cousin Cathy and Gary and family, especially Tommy. We will cherish our wonderful memories of our yearly visits to Pa. Rest in peace Pat, you certainly deserve it. All our love, from Rick and Connie O'Donnell Smith, and the O'Donnell family in Connecticut.Connie & Rick Smith (12 months ago)