Edwin M. Donnelly, Sr. passed away peacefully on January 21, 2020. During a lifetime that began in New Orleans, LA, Edwin was a consummate servant, friend and strong believer in Our Lord Jesus Christ. He grew up in the 9th Ward around Burny Friend Playground and along the way developed a will to communicate his love to others and immense work ethic, both of which he displayed often. Upon marrying Beverly Wiegand on June 25, 1949, he became a consistent supporter and tireless companion that included unquestionable love and sacrifice. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather, uncle and friend who always placed others before himself. Edwin was preceded in death by his father Michael Arthur Donnelly and his mother Genevieve Fulco; in-laws John J. Wiegand and Martha Laborde. He is survived by his wife Beverly Wiegand; daughter Kathleen and husband Lyndell Henderson; son Edwin “Butch” and wife Betsy Donnelly; daughter Denise Farrell; daughter Theresa and husband Joe Lamonte; grandchildren Jill Farrell, Shannon Hollingsworth, Heather Miller, Kristy Hobbs, Jesse Lamonte, Edwin Donnelly, III, Lyndel Henderson, II, Amanda Moity and Shane Donnelly. He is also survived by his 24 great and 3 great-great grandchildren. He served his country proudly at the end of WWII in the US Navy as an airplane mechanic. He worked as a plant supervisor at Tenneco Oil Refinery in Chalmette for 33 years and was a 3rd degree member in the Knights of Columbus. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass at 11:30 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 61030 Brier Lake Drive, Lacombe, LA 70445. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Slidell, LA. JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of the arrangements.
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