John “Jake” Donnell of Pine Bush, NY, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Tennessee. He was 75.
The son of George Donnell and Anna Ghidelli Donnell, he was born April 11, 1946 in Caserta, Italy. Arriving in in Ellis Island after World War II as a 3 month old infant, he lived an extraordinary life. From serving his country to traveling across it, there was no adventure or challenge he did not take head on.
John was president, owner, and operator for P & B Woodworking, Pine Bush, NY and served in the Army from 1968-1970. He was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife Sherri at home; daughter Arielle Russell & husband Wayne, son Jacob Donnell and wife Abby; grandchildren Hayden and Duke Russell; brothers Philip Donnell; niece Tonimarie Donnell and children, George Donnell & Christine Driscoll; sister-in-law Robin Harkrider; nephew Leigh Harkrider; various cousins and friends from New York, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Italy.
He was predeceased by his parents and his in-laws Phillip and Renee Kravitz.
A graveside service will be Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1 pm at Beth Hillel Cemetery in Walden, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley 195 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court Newburgh, NY 12550 or Quality Hospice of Jamestown, TN, 341 West Central Avenue, Jamestown, Tennessee, 38556.
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