St. Cloud - Joseph John McDonnell, age 80, of St Cloud passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Atonement Lutheran Church, St Cloud, MN.
Joe was born June 18, 1939, in Wheeler, MT to Joseph and Mary (Dwyer) McDonnell. He attended school in Graceville, MN and Ortonville, MN. On May 30, 1958, Joseph was married to Janice Carlson. They lived in Ortonville until 1960, when they moved to St Cloud. They lived in the Twin Cities for five years, returning to St Cloud in 1968. Joe was employed at Plastics, Inc., St Paul for five years. Most of his employment years were spent working in construction and was noted to be a 'master' in his plaster and stucco work. Joe enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and gardening. When not outside, playing cards, reading, working on jigsaw puzzles and baking cookies were among his favorite pastimes.
Joe is survived by his wife, Janice McDonnell of St Cloud; children Joleen (John) Thell of Rice, Joel (Sandra) McDonnell of Downers Grove, IL; grandchildren, Janie (Jamie) Rundall, Jeremiah Thell, Justin Thell, Emma McDonnell and Evan McDonnell; great grandchildren, Ava, Zoe, River and Fiona Rundall; brothers and sisters, William (Debbie) McDonnell of WA, Richard Anderson of Ortonville, Darrell (Doris) Anderson of Glenwood, Linda (Donald) Nitz of St Cloud, Melody (David) Steffes of Waite Park, Diane Laub of Ortonville and Douglas Anderson of Ortonville; and also many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Connie Hagen, Barbara NcNally, Patricia Murray, Arlene Thompson and Karen Oakes.
No flowers please.
Published by St. Cloud Times from Jul. 12 to Jul. 14, 2021.