Edward Francis McDonald, 82, Denver, lawyer, Korea vet, former mummer, fan of polka music

By on November 5, 2014

Edward Francis McDonald, 82, of Denver, died unexpectedly in his home Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

Born in Norristown, he was the husband of Doris (Hadfield) McDonald of Denver, and the son of the late James Vincent and Margaret Veronica (Dunleavy) McDonald.

Edward was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and grandfather. A former Mummer, he was an avid fan of polka music and Notre Dame College football. He will be deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.

He was a graduate of LaSalle University and Temple University School of Law. He served the New Holland community as a lawyer for more than 25 years.

Edward was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served at Willow Grove Naval Station. He was a member of American Legion Post #429, the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations, and the Golden Sunrise Fancy Club.

He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata, and was a former Extraordinary Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in New Holland.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by six children: Denise L. Wisniewski and her husband Richard of Holland, Michael E. McDonald and his wife Brenda of Lancaster, Thomas E. McDonald and his fiancee Linda Way of East Petersburg, Karen A. Gigliotti (the late Samuel Gigliotti) of Ephrata, Janine M. Hallman and her husband Jeffrey of Reinholds, and Beth A. Cramer and her husband George of Denver; his mate, who was like a son, Bernard J. Wagg, of Ephrata; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one due in December; a sister: Margaret Solan of Detroit, Mich.; a cousin: Nancy Leddy; three nephews: John Nagy, Donald McDonald, and Robert Wells; his “Drinking Bunny”: Dana Hershey McDonald; and his favorite polka musician: Steve Zelenak Jr.

He was preceded in death by a brother: James V. McDonald; a sister-in-law: Eleanor McDonald; and a grandson: Matthew Jeffries.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 3 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ephrata, with Rev. John McLoughlin, C.S.S.R. as Celebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to OMPH, 330 Church Ave, Ephrata, PA 17522.

To place a condolence online, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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