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Ronald W. McDonald

82, of Marienville, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Snyder Memorial Health Care Center in Marienville.

Born February 25, 1935 in Kane, PA, he was the son of the Cecil L. and Katherine E. Peterson Walter. As a child he went to live with and was later adopted by his uncle and aunt, Nate and Kay Walter McDonald.

Mr. McDonald graduated from Marienville Schools in 1953. He went on to attend Clarion State Teachers College (now Clarion University of Pennsylvania). He then attended and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

Mr. McDonald spent 62 years as a funeral director. He did an internship at the Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City. He then owned and operated the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home in Big Run for eight years. He returned to Marienville in 1967 to take over the family funeral business. In 1972, he built the new Ronald McDonald Funeral Home in Marienville. He was known as a most gentle man, especially suited for the profession he grew into.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Marienville.
On September 18, 1954, he married the former Molly Stewart; she preceded in death in 2004. He married the former Linda Shartle Swartz on February 17, 2007 at the Marienville United Methodist Church; she survives and lives in Marienville.

Mr. McDonald and his wife, Molly, ran their bed and breakfast, Pioneer Lodge, for ten years. His family hosted a number of international exchange students for many years. He was a founding board member and later a member of MACA. He and his wife, Molly, were the founders of the Marienville Minstrel Show. He was a member of the North Forest Cemetery Board and a former member of the Tourism Board for Forest and Clarion counties. He also was a former member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. For a time, he served as Deputy Coroner for Forest County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Ronald "Biff" McDonald II of Kane; his two daughters, Shelley K. McDonald and Rebecca R. "Reba" McDonald, both of Marienville; his two step-daughters, Tricia McMillan and her husband, George, of Cranesville, PA and Bethany Blicha and her husband, Matt, of Marienville; and his grandson, George McMillan of Cranesville. Also surviving are his two brothers, Charles G. Walter of Pigeon, PA and David "Tim" Walter of Norwich, CT, one sister Eleanor Blummer of Brownsville, TX, and his mother-in-law, Martha Shartle of Marienville.

Along with his first wife, Molly, and his parents, Mr. McDonald is preceded in death by one son, William N. "Bill" McDonald; two brothers, Jim Walter and Jon Walter; and a sister, Jean Larson.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Furlong Funeral Home (formerly Ronald McDonald Funeral Home), 140 Cherry Street, Marienville, PA.

There will be a visitation from 1-2 PM on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM at the funeral home with the Reverend Dan Richter officiating.

Interment will be in the St. Anns Cemetery, Jenks Twp., Forest County.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Anns Cemetery, P.O. Box 627, Marienville, PA 16239 or North Forest Cemetery, P.O. Box 522, Marienville, PA 16239.

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Jennie Zacur Shirley

age 90, of North Huntingdon died peacefully, December 25, 2017 after many years of suffering from Parkinson's Disease. She was born Feb 14, 1927 in Latrobe, PA where she grew up on Depot Street. She was the daughter of the late Alex and Sarah Khoury Zacur. Jennie and her late husband James W. were the original owners of the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, opening in 1964. In her early years Jennie was involved in many community activities including the Norwin Lioness Club, Circleville Methodist Church and Circleville Firehall Ladies Auxillary. Her favorite pastime however, was being a mother and grandmother. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Olson, Margaret Newmeyer, Iva Lipinski; and one brother, John Zacur. She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Shirley Kukich and her husband, Dr. Melvin Kukich, Patricia Blosat and husband, Jim; and son James W. Jr and wife, Pam; sister, Lila Ferris; brother, George Zacur (Clare); grandchildren, Ryan Bushik, Melanie Kukich, Jonathan Shirley serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Steven and Joshua Greenawalt; and great-granddaughter, Parker. Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, with a service to follow in the funeral home chapel. A special thank you to Three Rivers Hospice for their kind and compassionate care for 1 1/2 years, especially her nurses, Erica S., Erica L., Ellen and all of her home aides. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Three Rivers Hospice, 2500 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, Pa, or Norwin Area Meals On Wheels, P.O. Box 80, Irwin, PA 15642. www.shirleyfuneralhome.com.

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