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Joyce Rita (Zolnierek) O"Donnell

May 23, 1938 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 79)

Joyce Rita O’Donnell, 79, of Alpena passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at her home.

Joyce Rita Zolnierek was born May 23, 1938 in Alpena to the late Stanley and Margaret (Gannon) Zolnierek. On May 4, 1957 she married John O’Donnell. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1985. Joyce retired from Amerigas. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Walleye Club, Sportsman’s Pistol League, and volunteered at Alpena Regional Medical Center.

Surviving are her 9 children, Kathleen (Willie) Harrison, Kelly O’Donnell, Erin Messing, Gwen (Hugh) Spence, Shawn (Steve) Straley, Shannon O’Donnell, Emmet (Denise) O’Donnell, Hugh O’Donnell, Tara (Graham) Kannowski; 8 grandchildren, Heather, Samantha, Morgan, Blain, Logan, Keegan, Caleb, Shane; 2 great grandchildren, Brit and Brayden.

Mrs. O’Donnell was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph J. Zolnierek.

Visitation will take place on Sunday at Bannan Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday at St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Fitzpatrick officiating.

Inurnment:  Holy Cross Cemetery

Memorials:  Huron Humane Society, All Saints Parish, and Hospice of Michigan


Donations may be made to:

Huron Humane Society
3510 Woodward Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-356-4794

All Saints Parish
817 Sable Street, Alpena MI 49707

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280