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John J. Donnelly, Sr.

May 12, 1932 - September 9, 2021

John J. Donnelly, Sr. John J. Donnelly, Sr.
  • Funeral
  • October 11, 2021 | 10:30 A.M.
  • St. Patrick Crane Road Church St. Charles


John J. Donnelly, Sr. 89, born on May 12, 1932 to Thomas and Martha (Brogan) Donnelly in Sharon Hill, PA, passed away September 9, 2021.

John graduated from St. James High School in Chester, PA, St.Joseph’s College, IN, (1955) BS in Business Administration and Loyola University, Chicago, MBA.  He was honorably discharged as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Following his service, he married Michelle LaMarre on June 29, 1957 in Kankakee, Illinois.  They were married for 62 years until her death on January 29, 2020.  Together, they had six children: Claudia (David) Kliment, Jody (Bill) Gill, Judy (Mike) Prosecky, John Jr., Nancy (Jim) McGinnity, Mary Beth (Bob) Jones.  John and Michelle were grandparents to

21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

John was employed by Hawley Products in 1965 and was promoted to Vice President in 1974.  In November 1978, he was named President.  John was President and CEO of Applied Composites until 1995.

John loved St. Charles and was very involved in community affairs including the Police and Fire Commission, past president of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Kiwanis Club.  He was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church and St. John Neumann and served in the Knights of Columbus.

A Funeral Mass will take place on October 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s on Crane Road in St. Charles, Illinois.


Fred J. Rosenthal from The Villages, FL

"During our journey through life, we have opportunities to meet people who make a difference. John was one of those I knew when I lived in St. Charles. He made a difference and I am saddened to hear of his passing. May his soul rest in peace!"

Jeanie & Tom Frautschy from College Grove, TN

"Dear Nancy and family, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Daughter/Dad bonds are very special; their love runs deep. Rely on your special moments together to bring you peace. Hugs from a distance."

Peter C. Costanzo from Stuart, FL

"Dear Claudia, Jody, Judy, John and Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I am also sorry that I missed remarking on your sweet mothers passing as well. Your folks were St. Charles and St. Pats fixtures. Highly regarded as people with great faith and dedicated to doing things right. My parents were very fond of them both. Especially our mothers relationship that went way back to college. You have my sympathy in this passing of an era."

Paul Richardson from Batavia, IL

"John Jr, I heard about your father’s passing and wish to extend my condolences to you and your family. Miss having you around since I grew to enjoy our times together. I wish you much success in your journey and should you need anything please reach out. My prayers are with you."

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