Shirley McDonnell
Shirley McDonnell
  • May 11, 1928 - October 25, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Shirley Cattan McDonnell, age 89, died peacefully surrounded by her five children on October 25, 2017. She was born on May 11, 1928 in New Orleans and graduated from St. Mary's Dominican High School and Soule Business School. Shirley loved spending time with her family and was an exceptionally devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a member of the East Jefferson Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered there in both the gift shop and business office for over fifteen years. Shirley was acknowledged several times as the volunteer who dedicated the most hours annually. She was also a member of the Rosarians at St. Dominic's Catholic Church.

Mrs. McDonnell was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph E. Cattan and Goldie V. Gottschalk, and her beloved husband of fifty-nine years, Omer S. McDonnell. She is survived by her five children, Kathleen McDonnell Aparicio, Frank McDonnell, Gary McDonnell, Michele McDonnell Rossignol (Earl) and Patricia McDonnell Houser; eight grandchildren, Cherie A. McDermott (Alex), Stephen Altobello, Tricia M. Lara (Marcos), Randy and Erica Rossignol, Anthony LaCava, Cole and Jacob Houser and four great-grandchildren, Krista and Joshua Lara and Isabelle and Gwendolyn McDermott.

Visitation for friends and relatives will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home from 10am to noon on Friday, November 3, 2017. A memorial mass will be celebrated after the visitation with interment following at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.