Thomas McDonald, 67, of Emmons
Published 12:00 am Monday, January 23, 2006
Funeral services for Thomas Joseph McDonald, age 67, of Emmons will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Church of St. Theodore. The Rev. Jim Berning and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Geneva. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.
Tom died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at the Albert Lea Good Samaritan Center.
Thomas Joseph McDonald was born Oct. 16, 1938, to Mark and Rose Mary (Cunningham) McDonald in Albert Lea. He graduated from Loyola High School in Mankato. After graduation, Tom was employed at Associated Grocers in Blooming Prairie and then Universal Milking Machines for 12 years. On Feb. 21, 1969, he married Barbara Jean Johannsen in Albert Lea. The couple lived in New Ulm for five years before returning to the Albert Lea area where Tom managed the Twin Lakes Municipal Liquor Store, then worked for Jim and Dude’s before managing the Conger Municipal Liquor Store. After retiring, he worked for Mattson Lawn Service and Karl’s Car Quest as a delivery driver and was a volunteer driver for Senior Resources. Tom was a member of the Church of St. Theodore, the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, and Toastmasters. He enjoyed gardening and camping and was a Vikings and Twins fan. Tom was also a very talented artist.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; son, Michael and his wife, Kerrie of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren: Michelle, Molly, Kevin, of Lake Mills,
Chloe, and Mia of Vancouver, Wash.; step grandchildren, Ryan and Melanie Wirth; two step great-grandchildren; brother, Patrick and his wife, Jan McDonald of New Ulm; sisters, Mary and her husband, Phil Gelhorn of Braham, Minn., and Helen and her husband, Al Santo of Honolulu, Hawaii; sister-in-law, Elaine McDonald of Owatonna; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins; brothers and sisters-in-law
Joe and Shirley Kopecek, Pemberton, Joan and Hollis Grorud, Albert Lea, and James Johannsen, Albert Lea.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William McDonald.