Donald Edward Monagle
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Age 82, of Wilmington, De., passed away peacefully at home after 10 years with multiple myeloma which he faced with undaunted grace and entered heaven on January 1, 2013.
He was born on August 7, 1930, the son of the late Edward and Alberta Monagle. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1948. Don served in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS HENLEY DD762 where he earned a Captain's Honor Mast. Upon his return, he married his sweetheart, Alice Schofield.
Don then began a 43 year career at Hercules which later became Himont. During this time, he earned his associates degree from the Wharton School at the Univ. of PA. He also spent many summers working at the Brandywine Race Track. Don was a former president of the Northridge Civic Association. He was a long time parishioner at Holy Rosary Church in Claymont and served as a lector and on the Parish Council. Don was also a Man of Malvern and a 3rd degree Knight in the Christopher Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Don was a member of the Pike Creek Running Club since 1984 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2002. He began his running career in his late forties. Since then, he had run 7 marathons, including 2 Bostons, the last one when he was 65. Despite having myeloma, which affects the bones, he continued to run because he was a competitor and loved it. He held many age group records for the State of Delaware. Most recently, he completed a series of four races sanctioned by the USTAF and Pike Creek. These were the Delaware Distance Classic 15k, a 5 miler in Radnor, the 6 mile run over the Walt Whitman Bridge and the Rothman 8k from the Philly marathon held on November 20, 2012. Don ran all of these within the last two months and all while his myeloma was in relapse. His determination to complete this series was an inspiration to us all. He also teased the family by telling us that for running these races, he would receive a free year's membership to the Running Club. Don was to receive an 80-84 age group award at this year's USTAF banquet at the end of January.
After retiring, and raising their seven children, Don and Alice got the chance to travel with family and friends to many places, including Ireland. He and Alice are long term members of the Irish Culture Club of Delaware.
Don helped to coach his sons in the Claymont Little League. He was also his grandchildren's biggest fan. He was always seen in the stands at their games, matches, or art exhibits. He was frequently seen around Wilmington running, or working out at Schweitzers Gym or at Catherine Rooney's with Alice's extended Schofield family. All who knew him loved him.
Don will be dearly missed by his wife of 59 years, Alice, his children, Sharon Monagle (Brian Mooney), Patti Harrigan, Donna Wilmoth (Bruce), Marianne Lucey (Fran), John (Stacey), Joey (Susie) and Kathie Vachris (Jim). He will also be dearly missed by 19 grandchildren, Charlie Harrigan, Sean, Collin, Liam and Darby Monagle, Mary Kate, Maureen, Kathleen and Tommy Wilmoth, Meghan, Kelly and Andrew Sibiski, Katie, Connor and Kelly Lucey, Joey and Cullen Monagle, and Emily and Jimmy Vachris. Don is also survived by a sister, Trisha and a brother, Dan.
The family would like to thank Delaware Hospice and the staff at the Helen Graham Cancer Center, especially Dr. Eric Martin, for their wonderful care and support. Family and friends are invited to share in the celebration of Don's life at a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Church in Claymont on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10am. Visitation will be on Friday evening, January 4, 2013 from 6-8pm at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike in Claymont. Burial will follow the Mass at Cathedral Cemetery. Contributions can be sent to The Visitation Convent, 14 Beach Road, Tyringham, MA 01264-0432, Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom Street, Wilmington DE 19802 or Holy Rosary Parish, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.
Published in The News Journal from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2013