Jack Cullen Donnell, 93 of San Diego, died suddenly Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Sharp Medical Center, Chula Vista, CA.
Jack was born May 24, 1927 to parents Carroll and Inez (Harris) Donnell in Inez's hometown of Belmont, NC. He grew up in his beloved hometown of Ardmore, PA.
He is proceeded in death by his loving wife Lois Veronica (Lojeski) in 2013, of 60 years, Brothers; Col. Carroll H. Donnell (Nancy), and William R. Donnell (Ellen). And many family members as he was the last remaining member of his extended family.
He is survived by children; daughter Joanna C Donnell (Chris) of Littleton, CO, son William E Donnell (Mary) of Boca Raton, FL, daughter Barbara E Rose (Chuck) of Camas, WA, daughter Rosanne Goodwin (Tracy) of San Diego, CA.
9 Grandchildren; Veronica R Vialpando, Emily M Vialpando, Matthew W Donnell, Morgan E Donnell, Casey J Rose, Jacob A Rose, Brett Goodwin, Spencer Goodwin, Benjamin Goodwin. 3 Great Grandchildren; Wendy Snow Rose, Beckham Arthur Rose, Hazel Jane Goodwin. 6 nieces and nephews.
He attended Lower Merion HS in Ardmore, PA. Jack was 17 yrs. when he was drafted in his junior year. He served in the 42nd Infantry Division and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria just before the end of WWII. Stayed in occupied Europe Jul 1945 - Jan 1947.
After his discharge from the Army, he completed HS in Ardmore, PA. He then moved to Florida to work at the Gulfstream Hotel with his brother Bill while attending Palm Beach Junior College. With his GI Bill, he pursued his schooling and graduated from FSU where he met and married Lois. Both Jack and Lois became compassionate school teachers. Jack received his masters in Specialty Reading from Miami University and Lois received her masters in Special Education from FAU.
Jack and Lois lived in south Florida for several years? where they raised their four children. After several camping trips to the American West, and dreaming of the beautiful "Colorado Rocky Mountains", they moved to Lakewood, CO and Morrison, CO. Then moving on to "California Dreaming", they lived in Pollock Pines, CA and Placerville, CA where they made many memorable trips to near by Lake Tahoe.
With a life fully lived, they spent the remainder of their years in San Diego where they cherished their new relationships near daughter Rosanne Goodwin and her husband Tracy's close extended family. Many family gatherings were enjoyed filled with memories of stories, music, food, love, and countless card games.
A heartfelt appreciation is given to Caregiver, Martha for her dedicated service for both Jack and Lois.
Jack had us all believing he would be with us for another year, another month, another story or joke to tell...
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 28, 2021.