|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1934|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1997|
A devout Catholic, Thomas Meiners Michael Donnelly was born July 28, 1934 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was a carpenter who crafted the communion rail, altar, and more at Saint John the Baptist's Priory in Louisville, Kentucky. He also worked in construction and in real estate. He took over the family's Sacred Heart Press from his father. Tom was a graduate of Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati. He met his future wife at a mixer at Xavier University. A Knight of Saint John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta via the Priory of Saint John The Apostle, Benton, Tennessee and the Priory of Saint John the Baptist, Louisville, Kentucky), a position inherited from his Heffernan ancestors, he married Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly on September 3, 1955 at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky.
They had eight children: Thomas Christian Donnelly (anthropologist, attorney, athletic director, husband, and father), Ann ("Nancy") Mary Donnelly Maushart (nurse, wife, and mother), Kevin Roger Donnelly (real estate appraiser, real estate broker, husband, and father), Kathleen Mary Donnelly Smith (artist, wife, and mother), Patricia Mary Donnelly Kues (nurse, wife, and mother), Mary Jude Donnelly Gruenschlaeger (business woman, wife, and mother), Molly Marie Donnelly Simmins (educator, wife, and mother), and Kelly Marie Donnelly (nurse and mother), 27 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
He was the fourth of five children and only surviving son of Cecilia Meiners Donnelly and Thomas James Donnelly and was born on his paternal grandfather's birthday.
He died on June 25, 1997 surrounded by his wife, all his children, and other family saying the rosary at home at 77 West Villa Place in Fort Thomas, Campbell County of prostate cancer at age 62. He is buried next to his wife at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wilder, Campbell County. His ancestry was German and Irish.
The Donnellys are descended from the powerful Irish clan of Ui Neill who claimed the High Kingship of Ireland from the 7th to the 11th century AD.
Most of this information comes from the Donnelly and Meiners families. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Thomas James Donnelly (1900 - 1980)
Clare Cecilia Meiners Donnelly (1903 - 1990)
Mary Margaret Stauber Donnelly (1934 - 2000)*
Mary Clare Donnelly Minges (1930 - 2013)*
Thomas J. Donnelly (1930 - 1930)*
Anne Roger Donnelly Riley (1933 - 2012)*
Thomas Meiners Donnelly (1934 - 1997)
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Record added: Sep 15, 2000
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