First Posted: 1/13/2013

William D. (Whip) McDonnell, 73, of Pittston Township, went on his final journey January 5, 2013 at St. Luke’s Villa Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Pittston Twp., he was the son of the late Joseph and Martha Poston McDonnell.

He was a 1957 Graduate of Pittston Township High School. He belonged to the IUOE Local 542.

He was a heavy equipment operator for 35 years.

He is survived by his wife Theresa Koza McDonnell; a son, William P. McDonnell; a daughter, Karen Bloom; step children, Michael Koza, Mary Lou Koza, and Tracy Shupp and son-in-law Bryan Shupp; three grandchildren, the loves of his life, Michael Munykowski, Katie Wynn and Bryan Shupp; brother, Joseph and wife Joan McDonnell; sisters, Alma Devlin, Helen Coyle and husband David, and Alice Bokanoski; sister-in-law, Wanda; brothers-in-laws, Billy Vilano and Jerry Connors; his best friends Apollo, Ajax, Otis and Neo; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers Paul, Marty, Leo, and Bobby, and sisters, Margret McHugh, Rosemary Moran, Martha Connors, and Rita Vilano.

Sincere thanks to Dr. Mauer Biscotti, Six Floor East staff of WBGH, and staff of the Inpatient Hospice Unit at St. Luke’s Villa of Wilkes-Barre.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Graziano Funeral Home 700 Township Blvd., Pittston Township.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church, Dupont on Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.

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