William D. (Whip) McDonnell

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Jan. 5, 2013

William D. (Whip) McDonnell, 73, of Pittston Township, went on his final journey Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Luke's Villa ,Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Pittston Township, he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha Poston McDonnell.

He was a 1957 graduate of Pittston Township High School.

He belonged to the IUOE Local 542. He was a heavy-equipment operator for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa Koza McDonnell; a son, William P. McDonnell, and daughter, Karen Bloom. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Michael Koza, Mary Lou Koza, and Tracy Shupp and son-in-law Bryan Shupp; three grandchildren, the loves of his life, Michael Munykowski, Katie Wynn and Bryan Shupp; brother, Joseph, and wife Joan McDonnell; sisters, Alma Devlin, Helen Coyle and husband David, and Alice Bokanoski; sister-in-law, Wanda, and brothers-in-law, Billy Vilano and Jerry Connors. Also surviving are his best friends, Apollo, Ajax, Otis and Neo, along with many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Marty, Leo and Bobby; sisters, Margret McHugh, Rosemary Moran, Martha Connors and Rita Vilano.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Mauer Biscotti, Six Floor East staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and staff of the Inpatient Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Villa of Wilkes-Barre.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Graziano Funeral Home, 700 Township Blvd., Pittston Township.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church, Dupont, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 10 a.m.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 15, 2013