James G. O'Donnell (1930 - 2018)

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James G. O'Donnell, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Plains Twp., due to complications following a stroke.

He was born in Allentown in 1930, a son of the late Hugh and Agnes Ginner O'Donnell. He was a 1948 graduate of Whitehall High School. He studied German and received his bachelor's degree from New York University and his master's degree from Indiana University.

James was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was employed as a disability adjudicator by the state of Pennsylvania. He also taught German at Juniata State College and was later employed by H&R Block.

James was a member of the Wyoming Valley Striders. He ran many races, including six marathons, and was a longtime volunteer with the Striders. He also enjoyed being an adult student at Luzerne County Community College.

He was a voracious reader, an avid explorer and enjoyed visiting new places and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Corrina, in 2008, and by his brothers, Danny and Hugh, both in 2017.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Juanita; daughters, Rachel and her husband, Adam, Rochester, N.Y.; and Sheri and her husband, Jeremy, Ann Arbor, Mich.; grandchildren, Finnegan, Thisbe, Giliah and Eliana; sister, Noreen, Alburtis; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, with interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 500 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or the Wyoming Valley Striders, P.O. Box 1704, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.

Condolences may be sent by visiting James' obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Nat & Gawlas Funeral, 89 Park Ave,, Wilkes-Barre.


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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 12, 2018
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