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Obituary for Neil J. MacDonald

Neil J. MacDonald
Neil J. MacDonald, 96, of Clearfield died on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Penn Highlands Clearfield.

He was born on August 1, 1921 in Ridgway, a son of the late Maurice and Mary (Keilocker) MacDonald.

Mr. MacDonald served with the United States Navy during World War II. He was formerly employed at Stressly Monument Co. in St. Marys. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 5 of Pittsburgh for nearly 70 years. He retired on August 1, 1986.

He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Clearfield Council No. 409, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks No. 540, the Clearfield American Legion John Lewis Shade Post No. 6, the F. Michael Sicks Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1785 of Clearfield, the Loyal Order of Moose No. 97 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 812. He also was a member of the Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association and the Old Town Sportsmen's Association. Lastly, the family would like to specifically thank the staff of Knickerbocker Villa for the excellent care that Mr. MacDonald received.

He is survived by four children, Michael MacDonald and wife Linda of West Salem, OH, Charla MacDonald and husband Don of Russelton, Paul MacDonald and wife Linda of Alexandria, VA, and Charles MacDonald and wife Linda of Newtown, VA; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; six sisters and brothers, Marjorie Robinson of Ridgway, Ann Kennedy of Ridgway, Ed MacDonald of Ridgway, Marion Drathman of Ridgway, Ruth Krizan of Pittsburgh, and Jim MacDonald of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia (Vassallo) MacDonald on May 31, 2002; a daughter, Sally MacDonald; a grandson, Aaron Ross; a great granddaughter, Maria; and five sisters and brothers, Helen Powell, Grace Gregory, Joe MacDonald, Bill MacDonald and John MacDonald.

Mass of Christian burial will be said at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Wednesday at 10:30 AM with Fr. Brandon Kleckner as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

Friends will be received at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield on Tuesday from 4-7 PM and on Wednesday fro 9:30-10 AM.

Military Honors will be accord at the cemetery by the members of the Clearfield VFW and American Legion Post Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Young People Who Care Ministry at Bethany Retreat, PO Box 129, Frenchville, PA 16836.

To sign the on-line guest book go to www.beardsleyfuneralhome.com.