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Reverend Francis E. McDonnell

Reverend Francis E. McDonnell
  • February 21, 1927 - November 14, 2019
  • Rockford, Illinois

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Father McDonnell has many accomplishments in his life. I enjoyed him as my Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish as well as my Math teacher at Sauk Valley College. May he Rest In Peace.


Posted by: Maru Papoccia - Sterling, IL - Family Friend   Nov 26, 2019

Dear Family of Father McDonnell, Please accept my sympathy and prayers on reading in The Observer about Father's death. I do not get the daily newspaper, so I did not realize that he had died until after the funeral was over. Otherwise, I would have been present at the funeral.

Father was a very good priest and good friend. He and my brother, Jim, were friends, too, as Jim was a graduate of Marmion Academy in Aurora, He was also Athletic

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Posted by: Sister Philomene Reiland - Sterling, IL - Friend   Nov 22, 2019

Father McDonnell was a great Paster .
I've been a parishener at St.Pattrick"s in Rockford since 1968 . All of my six children attended school there from 1st to 8th grade. The parish flourished during his time .Besides taking care of all the priestly duties,there was much fun in the school gym and church basement. There was Friday night bingo, dances the corned beef and cabbage dinners and sports activities.
God Bless Him and may he rest in

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Posted by: louise rodriguez - rockford, IL - Acquaintance   Nov 18, 2019