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Al J. McDonald
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Obituary for Al J. McDonald

Al J. McDonald,95, died peacefully Monday April 17th at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday, April 21st at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Ed Fitzpatrick officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 7 PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a rosary will be recited at 2 PM. Graveside Committal with Military Honors will be at 2 PM Friday at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research.

Al was born April 16, 1922in North English, the son of John M. and Marie McMahon McDonald. He attended school in Parnell where he graduated from high school. Al proudly served in the US Army in Europe during World War II. On April 6,1943 he married Mary Malloy at St. Michael’s Church in Holbrook.

Al owned and operated McDonald Optical, which he founded on June 4, 1956.

Al was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Survivors include 11 children, 40 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren including, Tom and his wife Mary, their children Michelle and her husband Rick Rooney; Matt and his wife Julie and Megan and her husband Chris; Jim and his wife Ada and their children Julie and her husband Chad Walz and Tim and his wife Amanda; Terry and his wife Terry and their children T.J., Kate and her husband Joe LaBrecque and Alex; Marie “Sweetie”and her husband Pete Beelner and their children Jeano Elliott, John Beelner, Joe and his wife Shannon Beelner and Jacquie and her husband Matt Gorsh; Don and his wife Candy and their children Vanessa, Hilarie and her husband Aaron Truitt and McKenzie and her husband Luke Paulsen; Greg and his wife Audrey and their children Adam and Brady; Randy and his wife Mary and their children Alicia and her husband Jacob Rolfes, Chandra and her husband Jason Bock; Mary “Dolly” McDonald and her children Molly and her husband Karl Conger, Holly and her husband Curran Putney and Andrew T. Mascher; Marty and his wife Lisa and their children Timothy, Colin, Caleb and Mary; Milissa and her husband Ted Wright and their children Lindsay and her husband Darrell Wiegand, Tim and his wife Trisha Kalb, Thomas Kalb and Treyton and his wife Lacey Kalb and Molly and her husband Kevin Bell and their children Madison and her husband Chris Taylor, Macy and her husband Ryan Krall and Braxton; his daughter-in-law Linda McDonald (wife of the late John McDonald) and their children Kim and her husband Jim Hynes, Doug and his wife Phyllis Roestenberg, Kelly and her husband Mark Duben, Reid and his wife Erin, Ryan and his wife Lindsay, Marty, Devon and her husband Nic Olberding.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary in 2016, sons John and Tim and twin infant sons and 3 siblings.

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2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

A Rosary will be recited at 2PM, Thursday.





11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City

4330 St. Patrick Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245


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