Theresa McDonell Death – St. Paul resident, previously of Duluth, Minnesota, and Brown Deer, Wisconsin; age 94 On January 11, 2023, Theresa passed away in a serene and peaceful manner. Theresa spent her childhood in Duluth and received her high school diploma from Denfeld in 1946. On July 11th, 1953, she got married with Donald McDonell. They relocated to Port Wing, Wisconsin, together, and then eventually settled in Brown Deer, also in Wisconsin. After the death of her husband in 2001, Theresa moved her family back to Minnesota.
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Theresa prioritized her faith and her family above anything else in her life. Theresa was a devoted supporter of her children and grandchildren, and she never missed an opportunity to cheer them on at a swim meet, concert, or sporting event. She was a voracious reader, loved bright colors and also enjoyed birds (especially her parakeet Buddy). She held a number of professions in Duluth, including ones in retail and banking, but her family was always the most important thing in her life. She worked for the phone company there.
Theresa’s parents, Antonia and Eli Vrdoljak, as well as her husband, Donald J. McDonell “Mac,” and her seven siblings, Matt, Angela, Mary, Katie, Joe, Tony, and Nick, all passed away before her. Theresa was also the last surviving member of her family. She is survived by her children Cathy (Jim) Gruenwald, Brenda (Karl) Spring, Allan (Sheila), Tim (Cheryl), Donna McDonell (Rodney Gaskey), and Julie (Mike) Gerend; grandchildren Chris, Josh, Billy, Sarah, Evan, Ashley, April, Marissa, Jacob, Joey and Meghan; great-grandchildren Liam, Aiden, Evelyn, Kyle, Sophie, Scarlett, Sadie, Emma, and Lily
Theresa McDonell’s family would like to express their gratitude to the amazing staff at Carondelet Village, who made each day more enjoyable for Theresa and gave her with superb, delicate care. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 21st, 2023, and visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM before to the service. Both events will take place at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, which is located at 2055 Bohland Ave in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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