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Donna J. McDonnell February 21, 1948 ~ July 13, 2019

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Donna J. McDonnell (nee Reichard), 71, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 13, 2019 with her husband and daughter at her side.

Born in Hershey, PA, Donna graduated from Lebanon High School in 1966. She attended Hartford Airline School and became a flight attendant for Allegheny Airlines. She fell in love with Brian McDonnell, giving up her career to marry him and move to Philadelphia in 1968. Donna was a loving, devoted mother to her eldest daughter, Kelly and to her youngest, Stacy, who had special needs. Stacy preceded her mother in death in 1986. Moving to Melbourne, FL in 1989, Donna spent the last 10 years enjoying retirement with her husband; traveling, gardening and spending time with family & friends.

She is survived by her husband, Brian; daughter, Kelly; mother, Pauline Reichard; sisters, Renae Reichard & Cynthia Whitman.

They say the greatest gift in life is to give love and be loved in return. And that was the gift Donna shared with everyone she met. Her purpose in life and her legacy in death is LOVE… pure, unconditional, unending love. She will be deeply missed by everyone she touched; but her loving heart, kind soul and joyful laughter will live on in our hearts forever.

The family requests donations be made in Donna’s memory to:

KenCrest

960A Harvest Drive, Suite 100

Blue Bell, PA 19422

kencrest.org

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Mary Montgomery

August 18, 2019, 8:32 pm

What a beautiful tribute to Donna. I kept looking at her beautiful smile in all those pictures and imagined how many people’s day she brightened when they saw smiling Donna. Kelly, you look so much like your Mom. She is at peace and you are blessed with many happy memories. God bless you both.

Susan Shultz

August 19, 2019, 1:08 pm

I will always remember our last visit with Donna and the fun we shared that week at Bongos, Melbourne Beach and looking at houses in the area. I did love when I could make her laugh and smile…. her smile was infectious. We shared so many fun times – this is such a tragic loss for so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kelly and Brian.

Rick Moore

August 19, 2019, 6:36 pm

Been a lot of years but we will all remember and miss you cousin

Pat Young

August 20, 2019, 9:05 am

I think I’m one of Donna’s oldest friends. We had such fun growing up together, spending time at church and at my house. Donna was definitely special. When I was in college, Donna stayed with my Mom when Dad went deer hunting for a week. They had such fun together creating special memories. Mom and Dad both loved Donna too. It was always such a pleasure talking to Donna. Her voice, her laugh, and her quirky positive attitude always rekindled fond memories. I miss her.

Brian and Kelly you are in my prayers daily. The sudden, tragic loss of one so special breaks our hearts. Embrace all your fond memories. Time doesn’t heal, but it helps to ease the pain. Know that all your friends are supporting you in prayer. God bless you.

Gus

August 20, 2019, 9:27 am

Sis,
You have done so many wonderful things that I can remember one every day for the rest of my life. I miss you and love you.
I bet you look beautiful with your new wings.

Terre Lynn Richey

August 20, 2019, 10:32 am

That was a beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady. Donna was such a wonderful friend to me for over 20 years. I truly still can’t believe she is now in heaven and wearing her angel wings for sure. We shared so much through those years and she knew all my secrets and my faults and loved me anyway. I will miss her beautiful laugh, her kindness and always being there for me through all the good and bad times. Today as I walked around the lake I truly felt her on my shoulder and knew that she is still with us all to love us and support us through this journey of life. I love you with all my heart, dear Donna, and hope that you will rest in peace always. PS…..I am trying to get these last 5 lbs. off Donna and know that since I have you on my shoulder it will happen, for sure!!!

May God Bless you dear Kelly and Brian. You both meant the world to her and she loved you both to the moon and back.

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