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Elizabeth McDonnell

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Elizabeth McDonnell BOYERTOWN Elizabeth M. (Allwein) McDonnell, 98, wife of the late John J. McDonnell, passed away on Tuesday, May 6 at Chestnut Knoll. Born in Lebanon, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Cora (Steckbeck) Allwein. Elizabeth was a member of St. Columbkill RC Church in Boyertown. She graduated from St. Joseph Hospital Nursing School in Reading in 1937 and during her 57 years as an RN, she worked in New York and Philadelphia. Her goals in life were always to be good, kind and humble. Surviving are children, Rev. Mr. Joseph P. McDonnell, wife of Judy, of Ill., Regina Budge, wife of Thomas, of Willow Grove, Michael J. McDonnell, husband of Linda, of Florida and Patricia Schultz, wife of Howard, of Fleetwood; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Along with her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her sister, Beatrice Benninghoff. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Columbkill RC Church, 200 Indian Spring Road, Boyertown, PA 19512, with Fr. Martin Kern officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Glenside. Visitation will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth's name to St. Columbkill Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Gilbertsville, is in charge of arrangements. View obituaries or send condolences at
Published in Lebanon Daily News on May 8, 2014
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