John Leo Donnelly

August 9, 1937January 4, 2019

John was born in Connellsville, PA on August 9, 1937 to Angela and Charles F Donnelly. He passed peacefully on January 4th, 2019 and was 81 years old. John had two siblings, Charles Donnelly, deceased and a sister, Carol Ann Spellerberger, who currently resides in Kansas City Missouri.

John graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville, PA in 1955. He went on to receive his Associates degree in Engineering in 1958 and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH in 1960.

John was proud of his service which included 6 years and 11 months with the Pennsylvania National Guard and he was an active Army reservist for 11 months. He was honorably discharged in September, 1962 with a total of almost 8 years of service.

John had a 30+ year career in banking and finance. He retired from Citibank after a 26 year career with his last position as Vice President, Corporate Compliance Officer in St. Louis, MO. Prior to Citi, John held different positions with various financial institutions including Associates, and Gallatin National Bank.

John was the founder and first President of St. Vincent DePaul's at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church in St. Johns, Florida. John was also very active with the Ronald McDonald house in downtown Jacksonville, taught confirmation classes at San Juan Del Rio and helped low income families prepare their tax returns thru The United Ways- RealSense program. He also served on a variety of church councils and school boards thorough out his lifetime.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maryrose Donnelly and his two sons, John and Bryan. Maryrose and Bryan currently reside in St. Johns, Florida and John currently resides in Edwardsville, Illinois. John also has 4 grandchildren with Madison, Blake and Mackenzie living in St. Johns, Florida and Amilia Rose residing in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9th with Vigil Prayers at 7:00 p.m. in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 10th in San Juan Del Rio Parish, 1718 FL-13 Jacksonville, FL 32259


  • Reception Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Prayer Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 10, 2019

John Leo Donnelly

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Priscilla Prozorowski

January 10, 2019

My husband, Henry, and I feel honored to have known and spent time with John and his wonderful family while they lived in Missouri. Our hearts go out to Maryrose, John, Bryan and the grandchildren.

Barry Reed

January 7, 2019

Some of my favorite memories from my almost 27 years at Citi were from the period I was reporting to John. Even during the times of stress and pressure from work we never saw John lose his cool or react negatively to bad news. I don’t recall anyone who ever had any negative experiences with John. My fellow former colleagues below were far more eloquent in their comments! But I will never forget John, Rest In Peace!

Angelica Bowers

January 7, 2019

For a long time, John and I did home visits to our clients at Saint Vincent de Paul, I learned so much from him.
A beautiful gentle spirit man!.
I am sure, God will send John’s spirit to guide us.
May God Bless Maryrose and her family.

Diane Dorn

January 7, 2019

Not often you will meet someone who you can find no fault with. This is a true description of the kind of man John was and will be remembered for during the time I spent working with him. I had the pleasure of working for John from 1986 until his retirement from Citi. In addition to his strong work ethic, I will always remember the love he had for Maryrose and his family.

God bless you John.

Barbara Orzel

January 7, 2019

I had the honor and privilege of working for John from 1995 until his retirement from Citi. Mike Wind's description of his character and temperament is spot on. John was indeed an honorable, kind and unselfish man, a class act all the way...and had a good sense of humor to boot. He was very smart and the most ethical person I've ever known.

Peace to his family, especially Maryrose.

Michael Wind

January 7, 2019

I first met John when he was assigned to a small task force of mine to help clean up issues in the Mortgage business. That was in the early 90's I was amazed at his tenacity to do the right thing and his pleasant approach to resolving difficult problems.
I hired John as my Sr. Compliance Officer and never regretted a moment to his service to make things right and treat people with dignity and respect. I retired in 2004 and knew that I left Compliance in good hands.
I had the utmost respect for John, he took on challenges as day to day tasks.
Although he reported to me, I learned a lot from him. Not only knowledge of the business but how to treat people, teach people and live a good life.
He always spoke highly of his family, it was very easy to see how much he was proud of his sons and how much he loved his wife.
I considered John a friend. And to be Johns friend was a privilege.

Michael J. Wind

Scott Carl

January 7, 2019

I have been a friend of the family for quite a while. John has always been a positive influence to me. He will be missed by our family. I pray for peace and love to the Donnelly family. John will always live in our hearts and memories. RIP John.

Dcn. Paul Testa

January 6, 2019

It was an honor and a privilege to serve under John in SJDR's St. Vincent de Paul conference. John had a truly compassionate heart for the poor and less fortunate in our community. He was a gentleman and a class act, all the way.

Eternal rest grant unto John, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Cindy Delaparte

January 6, 2019

John and I taught CCD for a couple of years at SJDR. John was a very intelligent, holy, committed and kind man. May the angels help him soar high in his new home with Jesus. My prayers for his family as they are comforted with sweet memories.