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Frances J. McDonald

September 18, 1937 January 13, 2017
Frances J. McDonald
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Frances J. McDonald, “Fran” 79, of Pottsville, passed away on Friday morning in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Born in Mahanoy City, on September 18, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Emily (Burkey) and Julius Herring.

Frances was a 1955 graduate of Mahanoy City High School and Pottsville School of Nursing, class of 1958. She was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ and enjoyed playing the organ and piano and taught Sunday school in her earlier years. Frances worked as a Registered Nurse at both the Pottsville/Good Samaritan Hospital and later for Dr. Hobbs.

Fran loved to cook and listen to music, specifically Elvis and watching Judge Judy with her grandson Cody. She never missed any sporting events and was always involved and supported everything her family did. She always looked forward to talking with her best friend, Barbara Kuniega. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.

In addition to her parents Frances was preceded in death by her husband, William J. McDonald, in December 2000 and to whom she was married 41 years and a brother, Robert R. Herring.

Frances is survived by two sons William D. "Butch" McDonald, husband of Maureen, of St. Clair; Robert R. “Bob” McDonald, husband of Roxanne, of Gilbertsville; grandchildren: Cody, Ryan, Maureen Jr., Bill, Zachary, and Brady; sister-in-law, Cheryl Herring; brother-in-law, Edward McDonald, husband of Carole; nieces and nephews: Robert Herring, husband of Barbara; John Herring, husband of Robbie Ann; Michael Herring; Corey Herring; Brian, Kevin, and Sean McDonald.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. until time of service at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc.

Interment will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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