11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 E. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls
12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 E. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls
Harold P. O'Donnell, 84, of Chippewa Falls, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, supported by loved ones.
Harold was born to Peter and Anne (Lasnoski) O'Donnell on September 16, 1932 in Escanaba, MI. On July 5, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart and raised a family filled with love, humor and happiness. When he moved to Chippewa Falls in 1994, he was lucky to meet his second loving partner Jane. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and growing flowers.
After serving in the Army Honor Guard he earned his BA from UW Stout and his MA from Adam State University in teaching. Harold took great pride in reaching out to students with guidance and education. He helped direct them with a caring heart and a firm hand. He earned the respect of many with his strong and fair teaching style.
Harold was always a genuine individual without bigotry, racism or malice. Excellent qualities for a man, and essential for an excellent educator. He will be missed by many. Harold appreciated the community and friendship he found as a member of Central Lutheran Church.
Harold is survived by his children, Michael (Jody) O'Donnell of Pocatello, Idaho, Beth O'Donnell, Rosanne O'Donnell, of Chippewa Falls and Tim (Nicole) O'Donnell of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Timothy Ryan and Riley O'Donnell, and their mother, Maureen O'Donnell; his loving partner of 22 years, Jane Lardahl; along with his nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marlene; and sister, Mary Ann Meyer.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at Central Lutheran Church, 28 E. Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Pastor Aaron Sturgis will be officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Feed My People, 2610 Alpine Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54703 or to the Special Olympics Organization, 2023 Fairfax St, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
Harold's family wishes to thank the physicians, nurses, and staff of Mayo Health System. Also a special thank you to Dr. Kincaid, Dr. Shuja, Dr. Maierhofer and Dr. Deming.