Posted by on January 7, 2020 2:21 am

Categories: Schuylkill County Obituaries

francis donnelly obituary

On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Francis “Blix” Donnelly of Pottsville passed away at age 80 at Advent Health Hospital, Ocala, FL.

Francis was born on August 7, 1939 in Pottsville to the late Joseph and Mary Burke Donnelly.

He graduated from Nativity BVM High School in 1957 and later served in the Army for two years.

Francis was self-employed as the owner-operator of Don-Lee Trucking.

He was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven and the former Mary Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

He enjoyed golfing and was an avid Penn State football fan, holding season tickets for 42 years. He and his wife Joan loved spending time together with their children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years Joan Casey Donnelly, Pottsville; son Joe and his wife Marny, Ocala, FL; son Mike and his wife Angelique, Paris, France; daughter Melissa, Wilmington, DE; four granddaughters: Dr. Brynn Donnelly, Charleston, SC, Lauren Donnelly, Ocala, FL, Claire and Lily Donnelly, Paris, France; sister Anne Marie Hummel, Pottsville; brother John Donnelly, Pottsville; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM Saturday at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, with Msgr. Edward S. Zemanik as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:30-10:15AM at the church. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions be made to the American Heart Association 968 Postal Road, Ste. 110 Allentown, PA 18109. Interment will be held at Queen of the Universe Cemetery, Pottsville.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, F.D., James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.

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