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Marie Irene O’Donnell

February 22, 1929 - July 31, 2021

Marie Irene O’Donnell, age 92, of Clayton, DE, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia on February 22, 1929, she was a daughter of the late William F. and Marie (Rossiter) Erle.

After graduating from Bartrum High School in Philadelphia, Marie went on to work at an insurance agency as a secretary. In her early 20’s, she married the love of her life, Joseph O’Donnell. Together, they moved from Philadelphia to Newark where they raised their children. Throughout her life, Marie worked for various companies and enjoyed raising her children. In her spare time, she liked line dancing, playing Bingo, swimming in the family pool, and play cards. She also found great joy working on jigsaw puzzles.

In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph O’Donnell, Sr. and granddaughter, Candace Fenimore. She will be dearly missed by her son, Joseph O’Donnell, Jr.; daughters, Donna M. Gebhardt (Carroll) and Cathy A. Fenimore (Mark); brothers, William R. Erle (Lois) and Robert Erle (Marie); sister, Betty Hennessey; 4 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to Season’s Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Ste 101, Newark, DE 19713, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis. TN 38105, or Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.


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  • To my mother and my best friend, I will miss you with all my heart but I know in my heart you are happy in heaven it is where you want to be. I am so grateful for the life Mark and I had together with you and dad. We had great times. Mark and I are also thankful for letting us take care of you. You are the best Mom give dad and Candice a big hug and kiss for us. Love you!

  • Marie was a sweet soul. I am so thankful that I retired in time to enjoy a couple great years of friendship with her. We’ve been neighbors for 42 years and when we were younger, I would always stop and chat and share a laugh with Marie and her hubby who would sit out front on their lawn. I will miss you so very much but every time I do one of your puzzles, my heart will be smiling. I’ll take care of Pookey Bear and smother him with kisses for you. Peace to your broken hearts, Conne