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O'Donnell, William D. - Rockford  
William Bill D. ODonnell, 89, of Rockford, Ill., died Saturday, August 22, 2015. Bill was born August 21, 2015, in Brockton, Mass., to parents John F. and Agnes T. (Flanagan) ODonnell. He was the youngest of four children, John Frank, Marjorie Gertrude, and Mary Virginia. In 1943, Bill proudly served his country in the United States Navy, at the age of 17. While in College at the University of New Mexico, he met his loving wife Dixie Lou Anderson, and they were later married on January 31, 1951. Bill was an accomplished and passionate member of the Rockford community, involved in numerous organizations. He will always be remembered for his dedication and selflessness to his community. Bill is survived by his children, Craig (Dawn) ODonnell of Fort Myers, Fla., and Virginia Ginger (Paul) Thompson; grandchildren, Stephanie, Linnea, Ted, Shannon, and Aleisha; great-grandchildren, Jack, Zane, and Finn; two nephews and six nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Dixie, his brother, John, and sister, Marjorie. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015; at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford, Ill, with a visitation from 9 a.m. until time of prayers at 9:45 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rockford Rescue Mission in Bills honor. Funeral arrangements cared for by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, Ill. To express condolences online, please visit .
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Published in The Enterprise on Aug. 26, 2015
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