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DONALD JAMES MAHONEY, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Born in Louisville, Ky., he was a son of the late John Anthony Mahoney and Cecilia Roth Mahoney. He was a graduate of Bishop Luers High School and St. Francis College, both in Fort Wayne, Ind.. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army, with his last assignment being at Fort Jackson, S.C. After his retirement, he stayed in Columbia, S.C., and worked various jobs. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was devoted to his Catholic faith. Surviving are his son, Joseph Matthew (Anne) Mahoney of Germantown, Tenn.; daughter, Mary (Stephen) Mahoney Ruisi of Andover, Mass.; five grandchildren, Nathan Trent Mahoney, Jonah Lawrence Ruisi, Keira Grace Mahoney, Olivia Christine Ruisi, and Bennett Christopher Ruisi; sisters, Monica (Terrance) Hughes of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Mary Christensen of Amelia Island, Fla.; brother, Dennis M. Mahoney of Fort Way, Ind.; numerous nieces and nephews; and wife, Arlene Kain Criswell Mahoney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Christine Marie Alt Mahoney; his son, Andrew John Mahoney; and brother, John Bernard Mahoney. A Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park Serenity Gardens with military honors. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with visitation following until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Andrew J. Mahoney Scholarship at Cardinal Newman by using the following link through the Central Carolina Community Fund: Memories may be shared at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
Sorry, I meant to say Vietnam.
Jonah Ruisi
February 24, 2021
I am Jonah Ruisi, Donald Mahoney’s Second oldest Grandchild and Grandson. I knew him as Epa. He was a very caring and loving man. I looked up to him as a military veteran as well as a Grandfather. He was an incredible person. He wasn’t perfect, but who is? He served our country as an active duty soldier in the United States Army in the Korean War. He was interesting and fun to talk to. He was a very independent man and never wished to be a burden. I miss him terribly and may your soul Rest In Peace Epa.
Jonah Ruisi
February 23, 2021
Dear Mahoney Family,
What a special Gentleman with a strong Catholic faith who was a most kind individual. May his soul rest in peace as both he and your family will remain in my prayers.
Vince DiMaria
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