Saturday, June 28, 2014

Donald 'Don' Melvin Mahoney

Don Mahoney, 76, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on June 28, 2014, after fighting a valiant battle with lung disease. The world is a better place because of the love and guidance he provided for his family and his selfless loyalty and dedication to his dear friends.

Don was born, on February 18, 1938, in Adelphi, Ohio, to Virginia and Melvin Mahoney.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 53 years, Edythe “Edie” Irene Mahoney. He is also survived by his children and grandchildren: son Tom (Patty) Mahoney and grandchildren, Matt (Rachel), Katie, Megan, Holly and Sara; daughter Juli (Dan) Koleske and grandchildren, Claire, Adam and Lily (of Albuquerque, NM); daughter Maria (Mark) Basaldua and grandchildren Tim (Dana) and Anna ; and daughter Jennifer Mahoney (Patrick Goff) , and grandchildren Haley, Elliott and Quinn (of Jay, Vermont); his sister, Sharon (Bill) Schwanitz (of Columbus, OH), his aunt, Ruth Kennedy (of Columbus, OH); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Francie (Max) Baughman (of Somerset, OH); Sr. Irene Euman O.P., Lela (John) Golden, all of Columbus, OH; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

He will join his parents, Virginia and Melvin Mahoney, his in-laws, Bertha and William Euman, sister-in-law Zita Lare and brother-in-law Al Lare, and his beloved cat, Maynard in heaven.

He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corps. Don worked at Denison (later Multipress) as a Hydraulic Press Salesman and moved to Wisconsin in 1978. Don and Edie moved to their current residence in 1985, a place Don loved and was proud to call home. He continued in sales until the time of his passing.

He was involved with many organizations, including St. Rita’s Parish, Habitat for Humanity, Scottish Rite, Masons and Shriners. His hobbies included telling stories, reading, playing cards, playing dominos, traveling, going to garage sales, bowling, shopping, dancing the Polka, and fixing everything. He was Mr. Fix-it to all and would help in any project that required purchasing a new saw. In his final weeks spent in the hospital he was able to bring together his family and friends around his bedside and listen to them chatting about old times, broken down cars, weddings, anniversaries, Memorial Day festivities, garage sale purchases, and great family times. He will be deeply missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to St. Rita’s Catholic Church or American Lung Association.

The family would like to thank the Cardiac Rehab Fitness staff, Dr. Niebuhr, and ICU staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital in Racine, and Select Specialty Care staff in West Allis and Dr. Ali.

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