Thomas and Shirley Ann (Petrello) McDonnell, of West Pittston, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married April 19, 1958 at St. Rocco’s Roman Catholic Church, Pittston, by the late Reverend Julio Serra, O.S.J. Thomas is the son of the late Paul and Edith (Conwell) McDonnell, of West Pittston; Shirley is the daughter of the late Lena (Conti) Petrello, Pittston.
The couple has three sons: Tom, Pittston; Kevin, Dunmore; and Father Paul, Santa Cruz, CA. They also have four grandchildren: Dr. Ryan, West Pittston; Dr. Matthew, Scranton; Kaitlyn, a senior at Marywood University; and Courtney, a sophomore at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia; and a great-grandchild, Aubrey.
Thomas was a 40-year employee as a sales representative for Suburban Propane Gas Co., Pittston; Shirley worked as a librarian aide at the Wyoming Area High School for 25 years. They are active members of St. Barbara’s Parish Community (St. Anthony of Padua Church), Exeter.
The anniversary was celebrated with a private Mass of Thanksgiving at the Oblates of St. Joseph Chapel, Highway 315, Laflin, celebrated by their son, Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ, provincial superior of the Oblates of St. Joseph (USA Province).
A family dinner followed the Mass.