Paul P. McDonnell, 70, Bethany member, Army Reserves veteran, Johnson & Johnson worker

By on January 3, 2018

Paul P. McDonnell, 70, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at his residence after a long illness with cancer.

He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., to the late John and Eleanor (Murphy) McDonnell, and was the husband of Joan (Szabo) McDonnell, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.

Paul was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Ephrata. He grew up in New Jersey, previously lived in Bucks County for 33 years, and recently moved to Lancaster County. Paul graduated from Sayreville High School and Kettering University (formerly known as General Motors Institute), Mich., with a degree in industrial engineering. He worked for General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and other manufacturing companies until his retirement. Paul served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 to 1977.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Suzanne J., wife of Michael Walstrum of Kennett Square; Beth Ann, wife of Kenneth Neumann of Willow Street; a son: Justin R., husband of Erika McDonnell of London, England; five grandchildren that he adored: Michael, Matthew and Molly Neumann; Stella and Josephine McDonnell; a sister: Jane Buckiewicz of Brielle, N.J.; and a brother: John, husband of Joanne McDonnell of Sayreville, N.J.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, followed by his funeral service at 11 a.m., with Rev. Bob Shrom officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

If desired, memorial contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA, 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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