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Age 89

Date of Death March 13, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A wake will be held at the Hohner Funeral Home on Friday, March 20th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. The rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be said at Immaculate Conception church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 21st, followed by a luncheon in the church basement.
He will be buried in the Donnelly family lot in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery at Ontonagon, Michigan, this summer.

Obituary Notice

John Joseph Donnelly died on March 13, 2015, at Borgess Hospital after a short illness. The cause was complications of heart disease.
He was born March 21, 1925, in Ontonagon, Michigan, son of Joseph Michael Donnelly and Virginia Testman Donnelly. He attended public and parochial schools in Ontonagon, East Grand Rapids, Lansing, and graduated from the Houghton, Michigan High School in 1942.
He enrolled in the Forestry Science program at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) but left after one year to volunteer for the Marine Corps in June 1943. He served with the 2nd battalion, 9th Marines (3rd Marine Division) on Guam and Iwo Jima and was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb ended the war. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946 with the rank of corporal.
He returned to Houghton and completed his studies, graduating in 1949 with a degree in mining engineering. He then worked in various hard rock mines in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Michigan, and later became a mining and construction equipment salesman for Ingersoll Rand Company in Denver, Ishpeming, Michigan, and Pittsburgh.
In 1958 while in Pittsburgh, he met Ann M. Nee, an Irish girl from Connemara, Galway, and they were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral there later that year.
He and Ann subsequently lived in Denver for seven years, where he was a drilling and blasting contractor. In 1967 they moved to Three Rivers where he worked for Michigan Power Company in charge of their construction programs. Upon retiring in 1987, he took part time work inspecting various cross country pipeline projects in the Midwest. They lived at Fishers Lake since 1970.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children: Joseph of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bridget (Stephen) Barrer of Ann Arbor, Maura (Robert) Christlieb of Madison, Wisconsin, Rachael Donnelly of Three Rivers, Veronica Donnelly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Brendan (Emily Kania) of Ann Arbor; and 10 grandchildren: Kaitlin, Eileen and Aidan Barrer; Maeve and Rory Christlieb; Nick and Alaina Moore; Colin Van Zalen; Robert Heath; and Darya Donnelly. He is also survived by his sister Joan Therese (Richard) Sampson of Three Rivers. A daughter Johannah died in 1998. His brother Joseph M. Donnelly Jr. died in an automobile accident in 1946, and another brother, Terrence F. Donnelly, died in 2005.
John Donnelly was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers where he was a past member of the parish council and the school board. He was also a lifelong member of the Elks Club in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
He was a member of the American Legion and the St. Joseph Chapter of the Marine Corps League. In September 2014 he participated with a group of World War II veterans in a Talons-Out Honor Flight to Washington DC.
John Donnelly loved his family, church, and country; whiskey; and his Irish heritage. His politics were firmly conservative, and he looked forward to the arrival of the National Review every two weeks.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Three Rivers, MI. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



Condolence Messages(9)
Colin Van Zalen and Robert Heath, Joan Sampson and to everyone, I was sorry to read about your grandpa's and brother's passing away and want you both to know I am thinking and praying for you. Judy Gilchrist-Mohney, former Administrator of Immaculate Conception School.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 3/15/2015 at 4:23 PM


Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Will miss seeing him walk by on his almost daily walk.

Tom & Glenna Parker gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 8:41 AM


So very sorry. John was always a bright spot in my day. Especially discussions of current events.

michael cucci dds gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 10:19 AM


So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Jack & Pat kennedy gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 1:01 PM


Rachel, Colin, Robert - We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father/grandfather. We are praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. Hope that the many memories you have will allow you to feel a bit of comfort.

Joe, Angi, Andrew & Ryan Levandoski gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 7:28 PM


I am sorry to see this message, I will be thinking of you all and I send you my love Uncle Johnnie was a great guy and lots of fun. I will always remember your mom and dad as a newly wed couple when they stopped at the lake. So young so happy and what a beautiful couple.

Emily Engel gave their condolences on 3/19/2015 at 5:56 PM


So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength. Irene Walsh's friend from Connemara on 3/19/2015 at 8:20 PM

Lily Connolly gave their condolences on 3/19/2015 at 9:32 PM


We were both very much saddened to hear of John's passing.We both enjoyed immensely our time with John and all the family in Connemara a few years back and his wicked sense of humour was so refreshing.John leaves a wonderful legacy and a fantastic family behind him.You are all in our thoughts.By the way John you still owe me 10 Euro!

martin and jacquie gave their condolences on 3/21/2015 at 1:16 AM


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace and comfort be with you all.

Bill & Nancy Martin gave their condolences on 3/21/2015 at 3:40 PM

Age 89

Date of Death March 13, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

A wake will be held at the Hohner Funeral Home on Friday, March 20th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. The rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be said at Immaculate Conception church at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 21st, followed by a luncheon in the church basement.
He will be buried in the Donnelly family lot in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery at Ontonagon, Michigan, this summer.

Obituary Notice

John Joseph Donnelly died on March 13, 2015, at Borgess Hospital after a short illness. The cause was complications of heart disease.
He was born March 21, 1925, in Ontonagon, Michigan, son of Joseph Michael Donnelly and Virginia Testman Donnelly. He attended public and parochial schools in Ontonagon, East Grand Rapids, Lansing, and graduated from the Houghton, Michigan High School in 1942.
He enrolled in the Forestry Science program at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University) but left after one year to volunteer for the Marine Corps in June 1943. He served with the 2nd battalion, 9th Marines (3rd Marine Division) on Guam and Iwo Jima and was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb ended the war. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946 with the rank of corporal.
He returned to Houghton and completed his studies, graduating in 1949 with a degree in mining engineering. He then worked in various hard rock mines in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Michigan, and later became a mining and construction equipment salesman for Ingersoll Rand Company in Denver, Ishpeming, Michigan, and Pittsburgh.
In 1958 while in Pittsburgh, he met Ann M. Nee, an Irish girl from Connemara, Galway, and they were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral there later that year.
He and Ann subsequently lived in Denver for seven years, where he was a drilling and blasting contractor. In 1967 they moved to Three Rivers where he worked for Michigan Power Company in charge of their construction programs. Upon retiring in 1987, he took part time work inspecting various cross country pipeline projects in the Midwest. They lived at Fishers Lake since 1970.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children: Joseph of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bridget (Stephen) Barrer of Ann Arbor, Maura (Robert) Christlieb of Madison, Wisconsin, Rachael Donnelly of Three Rivers, Veronica Donnelly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Brendan (Emily Kania) of Ann Arbor; and 10 grandchildren: Kaitlin, Eileen and Aidan Barrer; Maeve and Rory Christlieb; Nick and Alaina Moore; Colin Van Zalen; Robert Heath; and Darya Donnelly. He is also survived by his sister Joan Therese (Richard) Sampson of Three Rivers. A daughter Johannah died in 1998. His brother Joseph M. Donnelly Jr. died in an automobile accident in 1946, and another brother, Terrence F. Donnelly, died in 2005.
John Donnelly was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers where he was a past member of the parish council and the school board. He was also a lifelong member of the Elks Club in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
He was a member of the American Legion and the St. Joseph Chapter of the Marine Corps League. In September 2014 he participated with a group of World War II veterans in a Talons-Out Honor Flight to Washington DC.
John Donnelly loved his family, church, and country; whiskey; and his Irish heritage. His politics were firmly conservative, and he looked forward to the arrival of the National Review every two weeks.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Three Rivers, MI. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Condolence Messages(9)
Colin Van Zalen and Robert Heath, Joan Sampson and to everyone, I was sorry to read about your grandpa's and brother's passing away and want you both to know I am thinking and praying for you. Judy Gilchrist-Mohney, former Administrator of Immaculate Conception School.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 3/15/2015 at 4:23 PM


Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Will miss seeing him walk by on his almost daily walk.

Tom & Glenna Parker gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 8:41 AM


So very sorry. John was always a bright spot in my day. Especially discussions of current events.

michael cucci dds gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 10:19 AM


So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Jack & Pat kennedy gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 1:01 PM


Rachel, Colin, Robert - We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father/grandfather. We are praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. Hope that the many memories you have will allow you to feel a bit of comfort.

Joe, Angi, Andrew & Ryan Levandoski gave their condolences on 3/17/2015 at 7:28 PM


I am sorry to see this message, I will be thinking of you all and I send you my love Uncle Johnnie was a great guy and lots of fun. I will always remember your mom and dad as a newly wed couple when they stopped at the lake. So young so happy and what a beautiful couple.

Emily Engel gave their condolences on 3/19/2015 at 5:56 PM


So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength. Irene Walsh's friend from Connemara on 3/19/2015 at 8:20 PM

Lily Connolly gave their condolences on 3/19/2015 at 9:32 PM


We were both very much saddened to hear of John's passing.We both enjoyed immensely our time with John and all the family in Connemara a few years back and his wicked sense of humour was so refreshing.John leaves a wonderful legacy and a fantastic family behind him.You are all in our thoughts.By the way John you still owe me 10 Euro!

martin and jacquie gave their condolences on 3/21/2015 at 1:16 AM


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace and comfort be with you all.

Bill & Nancy Martin gave their condolences on 3/21/2015 at 3:40 PM