Donald L. Wilno
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AGE: 65 • Point Pleasant Beach
Donald L. Wilno, 65, of Point Pleasant Beach, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, after a long illness. Born in Trenton, formerly of Mercerville, Donald was a graduate of Steinert High School and attended Mercer County Community College. He was a Sports Reporter at the Trenton Times, then worked part-time at the Trentonian. He was also a Sports Editor and Sports Reporter for the Philadelphia Journal. He retired from the Asbury Park Press as a Sports Writer and Sports Editor where he also wrote a food critic column called the Watering Hole, earning him the nickname the "Pretzel Man." He was also a Manager for Champale, Inc. of Trenton.
Donald was past and current president of the Mercerville Fire Department and an honorary chief; was president and a member of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association.
Predeceased by his father, James J. Wilno Sr. and his sister, Ellen L. Kerner; he is survived by his mother, Ellen E. (Gropp) Wilno; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Debbie Wilno; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Renee Kerner; his nephew, Connor Kruysman; his good friend, Joe Digilio; his nephew, James W. Wilno and his wife, Cindy; his niece, Dawn Wilno; his three great-nieces and one great-nephew, Taylor M. Wilno, Randi L. Wilno, Gianni A. Zappley and Tizianna Zappley.
Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. Funeral services conducted by Mercerville Fire Company will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 at the Saul Colonial Home. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald's memory to Mercerville Fire Company, 2711 Nottingham Way, Mercerville, NJ 08619. www.saulfuneralhomes.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 24, 2013