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Joseph Patrick McDonald Sr., passed away at home, in Selisngrove, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, with his wife at his bedside.

Joe was born in Bayonne, N.J., and was the son of the late Leo and Catherine (Finnegan) McDonald.

Joe met his wife of 51 years and high school sweetheart, Mary Kathleen "Katie" (Mattavi) at St. Ann's in 1959. He graduated from St. Ann's Parochial School in Freeland, Pa. in 1963. In 1966, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Massey, which was based out of Newport, R.I. Even though he wasn't a fan of the food, Joe was proud of his service in the Navy and spoke fondly of the friends he made, and the places he traveled. After his time in the Navy, he worked at PPL for 39 years and retired in 2008.

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his four children and, soon-to-be, eight grandchildren; his son, Joe and wife, Susie and grandchildren, Olivia and Caden; his daughter, Patrice and husband, Andrew and grandchildren, Liam and Georgia; his daughter, Monica and husband, Brian and grandchildren, Avery and Jaiden; and his son, Michael and wife, Adele, grandson Peter and a grandchild to be born in June; his two brothers, John and Tommy; and two sisters, Peggy and Mary.

Joe was an active volunteer at his church, St. Pius X Catholic Church, and in his local community. Among other things, he was a coach to his son's little league team and was a volunteer for several community organizations. One of his favorite activities was volunteering to help organize the decoration of downtown Selinsgrove each Christmas. He loved spending time outside, working on and reading about cars, history, and working on "projects" in his garage especially his lifetime project of restoring his 1968 Camaro, which is still a work in progress because life always seemed to get in the way. Most of all, he loved his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He led by example and was respected by many. He will be missed. He was a true gentlemen in Levi's jeans.

Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High Street, Selinsgrove.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 112 Fairview Drive, Selinsgrove, with Rev. Tukura Pius Michael O. P. as celebrant. It will be a celebration of his life. We have all been blessed to be a part of his.
Published on February 24, 2018
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