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Francis J. O'Donnell

March 31, 1927 — March 2, 2021

Family and friends may visit on Sunday March 7, 2021 from 1pm to 4pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve your space here:

Francis J. O'Donnell, age 93 died at Ten Broeck Center of natural causes. He was born March 31st, 1927 to the late Patrick and Marion (Wouters) O'Donnell in Port Ewen, NY. He married Virginia Rosenkranse on September 26th, 1949 and they celebrated 71 years of marriage.

Frank was a World War II Navy Veteran, and a VFW member. Except for his Navy years, he had always resided in Port Ewen, NY. He served on several supply ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He then made his career as a Tool Maker for 35 years at Poughkeepsie and Kingston IBM.

Frank with his family enjoyed many seasonal sports. Both in the mountains and on the Hudson River. He and his family had several cross-country trips involving all 50 states. He was active in local activities serving as a member of the Esopus Waterfront Board and a volunteer in building the boat launch at Sleightsburg. He was also a member of Hidden Harbor Yacht Club for over 58 years. With other early members, he planned and built the buildings and harbor at Port Ewen.

He was predeceased by his grandson, Gregory Zenzel, his son-in-law, David Zenzel, his sisters, Marie Kelekian, and Dolores McClary, and his brothers, John and Michael O'Donnell.

Frank is survived by his wife Virginia, his daughters, Susan (Joseph) Leiching and Michelle Zenzel, his sons, Patrick (Kathy) O'Donnell and Timothy (Linda) O'Donnell, and his sisters, Patricia Groppuso and Nancy O'Donnell. Also surviving are his fabulous remarkable grandchildren: David (Paula) Leiching, Timothy (Krissy) Leiching, Elisabeth (Jonathan) Hedges, Maureen Cassady, Aileen (Timothy) Lane, Kevin (Theresa) O'Donnell MD, Deborah (William) Haag and Jeffrey Zenzel. He will be missed by his 18 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Frank was well loved and lived a wonderful life.

Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 216 Broadway, Port Ewen, NY 12466 where family and friends may visit on Sunday March 7, 2021 from 1pm to 4pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve your space here: A private graveside service will take place in Modena Rural Cemetery, Modena, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at , St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at or a charity of your choice.

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