Donald James Mahoney

March 1, 1946February 16, 2021

COLUMBIA - A Mass of Christian burial for Donald James Mahoney, 74, will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park Serenity Gardens with military honors. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with visitation following until 8:00 p.m.

Mr. Mahoney died Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a son of the late John Anthony Mahoney and Cecilia Roth Mahoney. He was a graduate of Bishop Luers High School and St. Francis College, both in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army, with his last assignment being at Fort Jackson, SC. After his retirement, he stayed in Columbia, SC, and worked various jobs. Mr. Mahoney was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was devoted to his Catholic faith.

Surviving are his son, Joseph Matthew Mahoney (Anne) of Germantown, TN; daughter, Mary Mahoney Ruisi (Stephen) of Andover, MA; five grandchildren, Nathan Trent Mahoney, Jonah Lawrence Ruisi, Keira Grace Mahoney, Olivia Christine Ruisi, and Bennett Christopher Ruisi; sisters, Monica Hughes (Terrance) of Redondo Beach, CA and Mary Christensen of Amelia Island, FL; brother, Dennis M. Mahoney of Fort Way, IN; numerous nieces and nephews; and wife, Arlene Kain Criswell Mahoney.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Christine Marie Alt Mahoney, his son, Andrew John Mahoney, and brother, John Bernard Mahoney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Andrew J. Mahoney Scholarship at Cardinal Newman by using the following link through the Central Carolina Community Fund:

Memories may be shared at


  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


  • Burial

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Carol Bruick

February 23, 2021

I will always remember Don with great fondness. He cared for my sister Christine with love, patience and selfless optimism, the perfect husband for her.
Don was a gentle soul, soft spoken and unassuming. My sister loved him with all her heart. For that and many other things, I am incredibly thankful to my brother-in-law. He was just what Christine needed as the two lives joined in something special and endearing.
A man of decency, integrity and humility like Don is a rare find.
Joseph and Mary: we grieve with you at the loss of your dear father. Monica, Mary and Dennis: we offer prayers and our sympathy at the loss of your brother. Rita: we pray for you at the loss of your step son. Nathaniel, Keara, Jonah, Olivia and Bennett: know that your grandpa is with Grandma Christine and Uncle Andy in God's loving arms.
To all family members we offer our deepest condolences and promise that you are in our prayers.
With all our love.
Aunt Carol and Uncle Ken Bruick

Regina I

February 21, 2021

Pa and Ma Mahoney were perfection. They embodied everything I didn’t have as a family when I was high school and welcomed me into their home and embraced me in their hearts. Mr. Mahoney was encouraging and understanding writing letters even after Ms. Mahoney passed.
What a great photo and smile. Cried when I saw it; yet joy-filled with memories. Thinking of you Mary and Joe and wishing I could be there this week. Will offer mass from abroad.
If any of the services are virtual, please let me know.
Sending warmth and prayers.

Ron Childress

February 21, 2021

To Arlene, and to Don's Extended Family,

This is Ron Childress wishing comfort for and blessings upon all of you. I learned of Don's passing this morning while watching the 08:00 AM Mass.

I shall do my best to attend the 06:00 PM Rosary Monday evening. While I am limited in driving during my recovery from rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder, I still "get around" (sorta). This is important.

Please Accept our condolences,
Ron and Susie

Eileen Sullivan

February 20, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Don's death. He was a very special man and devout Catholic. May he be at peace now. You and the family are in my prayers. May God hold you close to him during this difficult time.

With love and prayers

JoAnne Heiting Heiting

February 19, 2021

Arlene, how sorry I am to hear of Don's passing into eternity. I
know the Lord called him because he had a special place for
him. I pray you will trust in our Father's will. I'm thinking of you in a special way at this time. Sending many prayers and I will get in touch with you after the funeral. Much love, JoAnne Heiting