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“Dear Lynn, Mrs. Donell and family, My deepest condolences to you and your family of your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing your family...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Bob Mastrodonato - Cleveland, OH

“No one is Donny's family will remember me, but Donny was the first boy who ever told me he loved me...I think we were about seven years old at the...Read More »
2 of 44 | Posted by: Nedra Groves Joslin Schell - TX

“Joanne... sorry for your loss... ”
3 of 44 | Posted by: David Pauling - Issaquah, WA

“Dear Mrs. Donell, Mr. Donell's contributions to the history of Weirton can fill books. His preservation of two P & W buses and his assistance to...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: Shari Byers-Pepper - Weirton, WV

“Dear Mrs. Donell, I had the pleasure of meeting you and Mr. Donell at the West Virginia Mining & Reclamation Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier many...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: patricia bright - summersville, WV

“Dear Joan and family; Sending my deep condolences on Don's passing...even 81 yrs is too short. I recall so many morning breakfasts at the convent...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Gail DeMaria - Englewood Cliffs, NJ

“The Horvath family extends our sympathy to the entire Donell family. Donnie was a good a friend to many of us. Sincerely, John & Norma Horvath, David...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Dan Horvath - Richmond, VA

“Joan, I look up the Weirton Daily Times on my computer every day. I was shocked when I saw your husbands name on the obituary page. My parents...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Karen (Vandercoy) Broekemeier - CA

“Dear Mrs. Donell, Lynn, Robby and family, Mr. Donell is someone that will always have a very special place in my heart as well as a very positive...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Terry Bailey Klaczak - Follansbee, WV

“Dearest Joan & family, Donny and you are such an important part of my childhood memories. How appropriate that I grew up on Donell Street! The...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Fay Stump - Hedgesville, WV

“Joan, Lynn-Marie, Robbie and Family - The last time that I saw Donny was when my grandmother ("Aunt Louise") passed away - hard to believe it's been...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Dianne (Hayhurst) Casson - NC

“I'm Chuck Bundy's daughter. I always remember Donny's great smile; he always had a funny story for us. He was a great guy and we know how he...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Carol (Elma) Bundy Black - SC

“Joan and family, We are so sorry to hear of Donny's passing. Our sympathies and prayers are with you as you grieve at this time. The 60 years of...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: Francine (Bundy) & John Swiger - OH

“Dear Joan, Lynn, Robbie and families, I am so sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. I will always remember his big smile and big hugs...always made me...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Carolyn (Bundy) Mack - NC

“I could not have asked for a better Uncle. Both Jackie and I will miss him deeply. I can hardly wait until we are all reunited once again. ”
15 of 44 | Posted by: Michael Postlethwait - Dallas, TX

“To the Donell Family: You have my deepest condolences. Mr. Donell has been a good friend to me since I was in college and I always appreciated...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: John Kamarados - Pittsburgh, PA

“My thoughts are with you dearest Donell's. Mr. Donell and all of you have a special place in the Asfour family hearts and minds. Every Sunday at...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Lisa Asfour Flaifel - Markham ON

“Our hearts were deeply saddened when we heard of Mr. Donell's passing. We have nothing but good memories of him, and will miss seeing him & talking...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: Michael & Marlene Runkel - WV

“Joan and family, Our friendship developed when we were youngsters and was continually ongoing. Don was a wonderful man and a definite asset to the...Read More »
19 of 44 | Posted by: John Echelle - Navarre,, FL

“Lynn & family, I am truly sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts & praywers are with you. ”
20 of 44 | Posted by: Michele Ewaskey - Jacksonville, FL

“Joan and Family My deepest sympathy at this time over the loss of "Donny." He and my mother, Betty (Mancuso/Orecchio/Varlas) were born on the...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Rob Mancuso - Weirton, WV

“Don always a very special person, lived up to each of his bests traits throughout his life, he was intelligent, caring, willing, persistent,...Read More »
22 of 44 | Posted by: Charles Gelini - Palm Harbor, FL

“Dear Joan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Pat ”
23 of 44 | Posted by: Patricia Austin - Ormond Beach, FL

“Papa, you were a wonderful man, and I have cherished having you in my life growing up. I could not have asked for a better grandfather. I will always...Read More »
24 of 44 | Posted by: Ethan Donell Dulaney - Weirton, WV

“Dear Joan,LynnMarie, & Robbie: Am very saddened to hear of Donnie's passing. Although time and miles separate us now, I feel like a kid in...Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Cynthia (Bundy) Brown - NC

“To the Donell Family, If there was a Saint from Weirton,Wv. it would be Don Donell. The compassion that he had for mankind was so beautiful. I felt...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Allan Burnworth - Ponce Inlet, FL

“My condolences to the family.I was sorry to hear of Don's passing. I was looking forward to celebrating (with him)his induction into the Weirton Hall...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Bob Kelley - Lacey, WA

“Dear Donell Family, My heart aches for you as you remember and celebrate one of my favorite guys :-) When I think of Mr. Donell, I think of hearing...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Nicole Sergent - Martinsburg, WV

“Lynn & family, I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. I have always thought he was such a friendly and giving man. Any time I ran into...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Beth Fracasso - Weirton, WV

“Our deepest sympathy to the Donell family. We have lost a kind and considerate man. Betty will miss his visits. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Betty and Anna Marie Fusiek - WV

“Mrs. Donell and Family, My sympathy on your loss. The City of Weirton and the State of West Virginia has lost a fantastic person in Mr. Donell's...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Frank Ferrelli - Tewksbury, MA

“Mrs. Donell and family, For the past 11 years I had the pleasure of working with Don. He was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and was...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Bill Ayers - St. Louis, MO

“Mrs. Donell and Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband / father. I would still see him in church when I came home to Weirton - ever...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: Kim McFadden Plant - Middletown, MD

“Sincere sympathy to the Donell family. The loss of a kind and thoughtful man. Don will be greatly missed. ”
34 of 44 | Posted by: Nina and David Matthews - Weirton, WV

“To the Donnell Family, My deepest sympathies and prayers. I truly enjoyed Mr. Donnell since I was a small girl growing up in Weirton. He always...Read More »
35 of 44 | Posted by: Rita R. Ruszkowski - Rayland, OH

“Joan, Lynn, Robert and family: We are so grateful that we had the chance to get to know Don. He was such a blessing to us, and his many acts of...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: Bill & Shana Buck - Weirton, WV

“I have many fond memories of Mr. Donell since he and my parents were good friends and neighbors for many years. He was a kind man and very helpful...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Deb Ferrar Covey - Steubenville, OH

“Rob , I am truly sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
38 of 44 | Posted by: Maria Jerrel-Tasey - Weirton, WV

“Chris and I are sorry to hear of Don's passing and send our condolences to all of Don's family. I remember Don as generous, intelligent, and funny. ...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: David and Christine Prince - NC

“Dear Mrs.Donell,Lynn,Phil&Robbie: I am so sad to hear of Mr. Donnell's passing! I loved him and his smile, his laughter and his wicked sense of...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Rita Mazurowski Mathsen - NY

“Mrs. Donnell, Lynn, Rob and family, Was so surprised to hear of Mr. Donnell's passing. Had just recently read the article in the paper about his...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Cindi Cooper Stichler - DESTIN, FL

“My thoughts and prayers go to Don's family. I knew Don for only about one year but he made a very positive impact on both a personal and business...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: joseph r jackman - new castle, PA

“The Donell family, I am so sorry to learn of the death of Don. I just sent him a congratulations on Hall of Fame. He was so deserving and did a...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: JERRY HAMILL - stpetersburg, FL

“Dear Joan, Lynn, Rob, Phill, Aidan & Ethan: I am at a total loss for words. Don was a gentleman, a pillar of the community and a true servant of...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Rita & Walt Tuchalski - PA


Donald R. Donell, 81, of Weirton, WV died Monday April 11, 2011, at home with his family by his side. Born on August 7, 1929, in Weirton, WV, Don was a son of the late, A.C. and Carmina Sessi Donell, He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Edward, and Carl A. Donell; sisters, Virginia Gelini, and Marie Steinkirchner. Don graduated from Weir High School, the College of Steubenville, and the West Virginia University College of Law. A United States Army Veteran, Don served in the nation’s capitol with the Judge Advocate General’s Office for the Military’s District of Washington, D.C. After returning to Weirton, he spent eight years with the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office, while pursuing a private law practice. In 1970 Don joined Starvaggi Industries, becoming the President and Chairman of the Board of Starvaggi Industries as well as its related foundation, Starvaggi Charities—positions he held for over 30 years. Dedicated to local religious, healthcare, and charitable causes, Don was a former athletic director for Weirton Madonna High School. A member of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 3734. Over the years he served as a board member of the Bank of Weirton and Wesbanco a Board member of the National Coal Association, a member and past Chairman of the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association Board of Directors, Weirton Medical Center, where he presently was the board’s chairman; as a Trustee of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a member of the WVNCC Foundation Board. He also was on the executive board of the Weirton United Way, serving as vice chairman; he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Business Development Corp, and was a trustee of the J.C. Williams Charitable Trust. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan Bush Donell, their son, Robert A. Donell; their daughter, Lynn (Phillip) Dulaney; and their grandchildren, Aidan and Ethan Dulaney all of Weirton, WV. Visitation will be 11 AM until time of Funeral Liturgy with Mass, at 12 noon Thursday at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, 229 California Ave, Weirton, WV Rev. Fr. Dean Borgmeyer will preside. Interment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church 220 California Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062 Weirton Madonna High School 150 Michael Way Weirton, WV 26062, or to the Weirton Medical Center Foundation 601 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at grecohertnick.com

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