Dennis E. McDonnell

Born: Tue., Aug. 22, 1939
Died: Sun., Nov. 18, 2012


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 24, 2012
Location: Guisinger Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 24, 2012
Location: Guisinger Chapel

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Dennis E. McDonnell a loving father and brother, 73, of South Bend, IN passed away at 2:20 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2012 in Memorial Hospital.   He was born on August 22, 1939 in Sterling, IL to Eugene J. and Frances (Bradley) McDonnell.  On June 22, 1968 in South Bend, IN he was united in marriage to the former G. Darlene Stroup.  They were married forty-four years until her passing on October 26, 2012.

Dennis is survived by two daughters, Lori Cochrane and Jamie (Luis) Marciano, both of Indianapolis, IN; grandson, Sammy Marciano; sister, Christine (Larry) Porter of Aurora, IL and two brothers, Timothy (Kathryn) McDonnell of Lake Forest, IL and Michael (Margaret) McDonnell of Batavia, IL; Sister in Law, Joanne (Don) Utendorf of Beavercreek, OH

Dennis moved to South Bend in 1970 coming from Aurora, IL.  He was a graduate of Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, IL and Lewis College in Romeoville, IL.  He served his country honorably in the United States Navy.  Dennis spent the majority of his career in finance and founded a branch for Fleetwood Credit Corporation in South Bend where he was the regional manager.  Dennis enjoyed time with family, coffee with friends and summers with the South Haven crew.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 in the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN.  Graveside services and burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, South Bend.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Dennis E. McDonnell may be offered to the American Cancer Society, 130 Red Coach Trail, Mishawaka, IN 46545.  Online condolences may be sent to

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Patty Holtz
   Posted Tue November 20, 2012
Jamie and Lori and family,
Words cannot express the pain we feel for you and your families. I simply can't imagine how difficult it is for you at this time. I did not know your parents, but I know they must have loved you, and each other, very much. They live on through you, and Sammy. With God's grace and guidance, you will get through this. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Patty

Dick and Sandy Sullivan
   Posted Wed November 21, 2012
Lori, Jamie, Lewis, Sammy and family. Our hearts are saddened with the loss of our friend, your father. We send our love and prayers to each of you. Please know we are here for you even though we are unable to attend the services. We will see you in the spring when we return north.

Susan Burleigh
   Posted Wed November 21, 2012
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by warm memories. Love ya friend!

Bari & Barb Davan
   Posted Wed November 21, 2012
Laurie, Jamie & Family So sorry to hear about your Father. What a great guy! Always there when someone needed him. A great concern for other people. Always asking about our family if he hadn't seen them recently. We certainly will miss both Dennis and Darlene. Hope to see you this spring. Bari & Barb

Mary Dahms
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
Laurie and Jamie. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. What a GREAT MAN. He was the most thoughtful and kindest man I have ever known. He was a man of great integrity and character. I worked for him at Fleetwood and he was the best boss I have ever had the pleasure to work for. I will miss him so. I cannot imagine the pain you are going thru and just know that there are many of us thinking and praying for you and family.

Sincerely, Mary (Scotti) Dahms

joe toma
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
My thought s and prayers are with your entire family. I grew up with Dennis, Christine, Tim and Mike since our first days of school, St NICK's, in 1953. What a wonderful family and am proud to know them. All of you hold a special place in my heart. Dennis is now with Mom and Dad watching over all of you and I am sure they are proud of all your accomplishments. May God guide you all thru these hard times as our thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though Dennis has left this world physically his memories will be forever in your hearts..

Love, Lin and Joe Toma

Jim Causey
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
Dennis was one of the first people I met after moving to South Bend and assuming a position at Associates of South Bend. We worked very closely together and established a friendship a well as a fine working relationship. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

Carrie Johnson
   Posted Fri November 23, 2012
I was sad to hear about the passing of Dennis. I grew up next door to Dennis, Christine, Tim and Mike on Jefferson street. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Remember your memories will always be with you.

Merryl & Gary Sherwood
   Posted Sat November 24, 2012
Lori and Jamie - your dad had a smile that would light up a room. He was such a caring and compassionate man. He touched our lives in a special way. We are blessed to have known him. Love you guys!

Jim Wilson
   Posted Sun November 25, 2012
Dennis was not only my boss but became a good friend to me at FCC and after FCC. I will miss our conversations, our occasional adult beverage, and his friendship. Lorie & Jamie please accept my sympathy and my hopes that your memories will comfort you as time passes.

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