William Joseph O’Donnell, Jr. (Bill), 90, died peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
Bill was born in Washington D.C. on July 23,1930 to Bridie and William J. O’Donnell, Sr. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1948. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Ault. Bill graduated from Rutgers University in 1965. He was employed by the Western Electric Company for 35 years before retiring in 1985.
Bill and his wife Roberta (Bobbie) were married for 57 years before she passed away in October 2009. Survivors include his four children; Debbie Steves (Peter) of Bullard, Texas; Karen Hemenway (Keith) of St. Louis, Missouri; Sharon Cantwell of Oakton, Virginia; and Dan O’Donnell of Chester, New Jersey. Bill and Bobbie have nine grandchildren: Allison (Travis), Caitlin, Daniel (Meagan), Bryan (Meagan), Ryan, Jeffrey (Anna Brooks), Meredith, Michael and Andrew. Additionally, they have five great-grandchildren; William, Audrey, Aiden, Caroline and Avery. Bill is survived by his sister, Sister Anne O’Donnell RSM of Maryland; and his brother, James O’Donnell of Delaware. He was predeceased by his brother Buddy, and sisters Marguerite Van Gieson and Mary Beck.
Bill was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Rita Catholic Community where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Bread Minister and member of the Intermezzo group. He was also an active member and fund raiser for the Lake Highlands YMCA for many years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. at a date to be scheduled, with interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland next to his wife, Bobbie.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Rita Catholic Community/Bread Ministry, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75244.
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