Peter J. McDonnell
Born: March 25, 1955 in Chicago, IL
Died: March 20, 2021 in Maywood, IL
Peter J. McDonnell, M.D., FACS, RPVI age 65, of Oak Park, Illinois died March 20, 2021 at Loyola Hospital in Maywood, Illinois, due to complications from a bicycle accident. Peter was surrounded by his wife, four children, and his brother Alan at the time of his death. Peter was born March 25, 1955 in Chicago.
He married the love of his life, Vera McDonnell, on November 20th, 1984. They raised their four children Christopher Thomas of Oak Park, Katherine McDonnell of Oak Park, Alan McDonnell of Lake Tahoe, and Matthew (Linsey) McDonnell of Indianapolis, in Oak Park, surrounded by a wonderful community of friends and family. He was a devoted grandfather to Caleb Lofton, Noah Thomas-Sanchez, Serenity, Olivia, and Vera McDonnell.
Peter was known to his colleagues, residents, nurses, and patients as a compassionate and caring physician. He saved countless lives, and the families of those he was unable to save were forever grateful to him for the care he provided to their loved ones. Peter was a healer, protector, and family man, who wore many hats - husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, mentor and Vascular Surgeon. Peter loved reading, sports, and bike riding. He graduated from Little Flower High School in 1972 and from Loyola University in 1976 with a degree in History. He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1984 from Chicago Medical School. He began his residency in 1984 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, his fellowship in 1988 at the Cleveland Clinic, and began serving the community at Cook County Hospital. His primary medical practice was at Palos Hospital. Most recently he was on staff at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Bremerton, Washington.
Peter is survived by his wife, four children, and five grandchildren as well as his siblings Patricia (Norman) Aper, Alan D. Johnson, M.D. (his best friend all his life), Melissa, Dennis (Rose), and John (Sheila) McDonnell, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, John J. McDonnell and Patricia Johnson McDonnell (nee Cunningham), and his brothers, Walter (Charlene-deceased) Johnson and Jeffrey B. (Maureen) Johnson, M.D.
The family thanks everyone for the outpouring of love and support shown throughout Peter's hospitalization and death.
To honor his memory and the lives he saved during his professional career, we invite and encourage everyone to consider booking an appointment to donate blood. If you choose to donate, we would love to hear from you or see pictures. Registration can be found here: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood
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Published by Kane County Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 8, 2021.