Patrick McDonald, 65, New Ulm

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Patrick M. &8220;Pete&8221; McDonald, 65, of New Ulm died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with the Rev. Craig Timmerman celebrating the mass. Full military honors will be conducted at the church by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor. Burial will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the St. Mary&8217;s Catholic Cemetery in Newry. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday from 7:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pat is survived by his wife, Jan McDonald of New Ulm; daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon and Bruce Kuelbs of Sleepy Eye and Kelly and Mike Wencl of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Ryan and Marissa Wencl; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Phil Gelhorn of Braham, Helen and Al Santo of Honolulu, Hawaii; sisters-in-law, Elaine McDonald of Owatonna, Barb McDonald of Emmons; and by many close nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, William &8220;Bill&8221; and Thomas &8220;Tom&8221; McDonald.

Patrick Mark McDonald, the son of Mark and Rosemary (Cunningham) McDonald was born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Albert Lea. He graduated from Loyola High School in Mankato and attended Mankato State College for several years. Pat was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force in Turkey and Goodfellow Air Force Base in SanAngelo, Texas, where he met his wife. While stationed in Istanbul, Turkey, Pat was very active as a volunteer with the &8220;Little Sisters of the Poor.&8221; He was honorably discharged in 1963.

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On June 6, 1964 Pat was united in marriage to Janet Anderle in SanAngelo, Texas. After marriage they moved to New Ulm where he was employed at 3M Company for 35 years, retiring in 1998. While working at 3M Pat also worked as a caretaker and bartender at Georges Ballroom for years. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm where he served on numerous church committees. He loved giving service to the elderly allowing many elderly neighbor residents the opportunity of remaining in their own home by mowing their lawns, shoveling their sidewalks and doing many other jobs that needed to be done that they were not able to do. He received the Bishop&8217;s medal for volunteerism to the elderly. Pat was also a member of the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post #132 in New Ulm.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the donor&8217;s choice.