Joseph P. McDonough

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Joseph P. "Pop" McDonough of the Minooka section of Scranton died Saturday. His wife, Gloria Joyce McDonough, died June 24, 2007.

Born July 12, 1923, in Minooka, son of the late James and Mary Langan McDonough, he and Gloria attended Minooka schools and graduated from Minooka High School. He was drafted in 1943, receiving basic training in field artillery at Camp Swift, Texas. He qualified for the Army Specialized Training Program in engineering, and attended Texas A&M College and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was assigned to the 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Company A, 381 Infantry Regiment, 96th Division at Camp White, Oregon, and remained with his unit through the Leyte Campaign. He was discharged at Camp Pickett Convalescent Hospital, Virginia, in October 1945. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Philippine Republic Residential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal. After retiring from the Post Office, Joseph continued his career with McDonough and McMahon P.C., and with the Glenmaura sales office. He was active in the Boy Scouts, Little League and other church and civic organizations.

Faith was a cornerstone of his life and his greatest gift to his children and grandchildren. First Friday Mass attendance was a family affair. Joe was a sponsor of Christian Children's Fund, in support of Philippine children. His devotion to these children stemmed from his years in the military.

Pop is survived by six sons, Joseph Jr., James B. and wife, Mary Ellen; Jeffrey and wife, Colleen; Christopher and Laurie Hegen; Mark, and Gerard and wife, Donna; a daughter, Joyce; 10 grandchildren, Treacy McDonough Boyette and husband, Tim, Millsboro, Del.; Megan McDonough Baker and husband, Paul, Mechanicsburg; Joseph III, Wichita, Kan.; Miriam McDonough Frazier and husband, John, Conshohocken; Daniel, Matthew, Maggie, Patrick, Sean and Molly; two great-granddaughters, Grayson Marie Boyette and Madeline Grace Baker; nieces, nephews and cousins, especially Eddie Langan and Judy Piazza. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and James and wife, Alice.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in Divine Mercy Parish at Church of St. Joseph, 312 Davis St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Pauselli, pastor, and the Rev. Patrick J. Sullivan, S.C. Interment with military honors, St. Joseph Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Homeless Veterans Program, Catholic Social Services, 516 Fig St., Scranton, PA 18505; or Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, PA 18505.
Published in Scranton Times from July 16 to July 17, 2012
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