Bernard Joseph O'Donnell (1923 - 2014)

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Bernard J. O'Donnell Mr. Bernard Joseph O'Donnell, 91, of Chambersburg, went home to be with Jesus, on Monday, June 30 at 11 p.m. After a series of falls, the week before, Mr. O'Donnell, suffered a severe subdural hematoma and stroke. Born May 13, 1923, in Cumberland, Md., he was one of 3 children, of the late Bernadette M. Thuss O'Donnell and Bernard W. O'Donnell. Mr. O'Donnell graduated from Fort Hill High School, Cumberland, Md., in 1942, and married the late Naomi Ruth Clem on December 30, 1942. They were married 61 years, 40 of which were spent in same house in Catonsville, Md, where they raised their six daughters. The girls where his pride and his joy. One of the girls' fondest memories was of him singing the song "Those Little Girls of Mine." In the early years of their marriage, Bernard served in the Navy during World War II, stationed at Guantanimo Bay for a period of time. Upon return to the U.S., he worked in the Shipyard. He later joined the Maryland Transit Authority where he worked most of his life. He was known by his friends and co-workers as "Bernie". His first job at the MTA was driving a streetcar. Bernie is remembered for his love of and gift for music. He enjoyed many different types of music including Big Band Classics, Love songs, Jazz, Classical and Bluegrass. Although he could not read music, he could pickup almost any instrument and play it by ear. He played the Banjo, accordion, harmonica, and piano. When he sang he had perfect pitch. In his later years, he would often entertain his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by playing the keyboard, especially their favorite, old hymns. Bernie was known for his gental spirit, kind heart and strong faith. His girls recall waking up many an early morning to see their father, eating jelly bread, drinking coffee and reading his Bible. Bernard is survived by his six children, Carol A. Bean of LaGrangeville N.Y., Bernadette M. Novak of New London PA, Kay L. Wingert of Ft. Myers, Fla., Dulcy J. Sullivan of Amelia Island, Fla., Peggy S. O'Donnell, of Rockland, Ma., and Myra L. Furey, of Orlando, Fla. He also survived by 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. The viewing will be 7 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, July 2, at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 North Park Avenue, Mercersburg. Rev. Bob Keener and Rev. Adam Leeper will be officiating the memorial service on Thursday, July 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the Menno Village Chapel. The Internment Service will be held on Saturday, July 5, at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, Maryland, at 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Menno Village Benevolent Fund 2011 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.
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Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Inc.
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Mercersburg, PA 17236
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Published in Public Opinion from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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