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Bernard J. McDonald

July 3, 1958 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 60)


Bernard J. McDonald, 60, of Summit Hill, entered into eternal rest Saturday, June 1, 2019 in his residence. He was the husband of Michelle “Shelly” (Maketa) McDonald. They celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20th of this year. Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late William J. and Verna (Barron) McDonald. He was employed as a machine operator for AMETEK Westchester Plastic in Nesquehoning for 26 years. He was a graduate of Panther Valley class of 1976, and he graduated from Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in 1978. Bernie was a skilled handyman and could fix anything he touched. He was a ball buster and a straight shooter, and he loved watching tennis and working in his garage. He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and his dogs, Willie and Bandit.


Surviving along with his wife are a daughter Carra McDonald and her husband Brian Carroll of Summit Hill; a Grandson, Beau Carroll, who was the light of his life; a sister Theresa Gnall and her husband Greg of Coaldale; nieces Jenna Kashlak, Becky Collura, and Laura Peter; and nephews Jim Miller, Jeff Collura, Jac Collura, and Jon Orlik.


He was also preceded in death by a son Codey D. McDonald who passed away Nov. 15, 2010, brothers Gary, John, and Bill McDonald, and his beloved dog Cappy.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 from 5-8:00 P.M in the Sverchek-Blazosky Funeral Home, 340 E. Bertsch St. Lansford. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Bloomingdale.  In lieu of flowers donations will be accepted in his name to Pawsitively Purrfect Rescue c/o of the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at  

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Celebration of Life Gathering
June 7, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Sverchek-Blazosky Funeral Home
340 E. Bertsch St.
Lansford, PA 18232

Private Interment

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery


Pawsitively Purrfect Rescue
340 E. Bertsch St., Lansford PA 18240

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