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Hummelstown, PA 17036
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Donald Hennigan

Donald E. Hennigan

Thursday, December 12th, 1935 - Sunday, October 25th, 2020
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Obituary

Donald Edward Hennigan, a resident of Hummelstown, PA, passed from this life on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at home where he had been lovingly cared for by his family for the 67 days since his diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer on August 19.

Don was born in the Canton area of Baltimore, MD on December 12, 1935 to Ann Elizabeth (Hreha) and Leroy John Hennigan and was baptized into the Holy Roman Catholic Church at St. Bridget’s of Sweden on December 27th of that year. First Holy Communion and Confirmation followed at St. Elizabeth’s in Baltimore, where he attended grade school.

Mount Saint Joseph’s— aka “The Mount”—in Baltimore was Don’s high school, where he played football, among other extracurricular activities, and graduated in 1953. He later earned a B.S. in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He worked for many years for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, as well as for Bechtel Corporation and Harrisburg Steam Works, Ltd. His career in Plant Operations, Engineering, and Construction took him and his family from Baltimore to Schenectady, Allentown, Buffalo, and finally the Harrisburg/Hershey area, and provided him with a great deal of professional satisfaction.

Don married Saundra (Brewer) in 1956, and their loving marriage produced five children whom they loved, encouraged, and admired: Karen (Ken Thompson), Kevin (Linda), Kim Collins (Jack Pyanowski), Karyl Claroni (David Kiscadden), and Kelly Campbell (Dan). His children in turn produced 11 grandchildren —Ryan, Daniel (Luighsighe), Kelsie, Michael, Gavin, Rachel, Maeve, Bryan, Grace, Margo, and Nikki— all of whom their grandparents adored and cherished.

Throughout most of his life, Don played sports, including basketball in college and, later, softball for St. Cashmere in Baltimore, as well as for local pubs. He grew up cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Boston Celtics, and the Baltimore Colts, before their departure to Indianapolis.

In retirement, working interesting and odd jobs became one of Don’s hobbies. In his final years, he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Administration as a mitigation specialist. He and Saundra were avid bridge players and served as bridge masters on various cruise ships. He also worked for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, as well as for Enterprise car rental.

He and Saundra took many trips, traveling together all over America, including Alaska and Hawaii, and to many countries, including Panama and The Netherlands. He and Saundra most recently traveled to Ireland for the wedding of their grandson, Daniel, to Luighsighe (Lenihan) in Galway in 2019.

Music was an important part of Don's life. He enjoyed various genres and may have been one of the few people who were ardent fans of both Classical Opera and the Grand Ole Opry. He especially enjoyed performances of The Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan, New York. An early supporter of National Public Radio, he continued listening to “Morning Edition” daily until the end of his life.

Don was a technophile. An early adopter of technology, he had a personal computer, a video camera, and a microwave long before they became commonplace.

He was a also a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 6693.

As a devout Catholic, Don cherished his role as a lector for mass. He served in that capacity for many years at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey. So it is fitting that his Mass of Christian Burial will be held there on Saturday, October 31 at 11 a.m.

Mass will be preceded by visitation there at 10 a.m. A private inurnment will be held. Masks are required to be worn during the mass and while inside the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Centennial Project at St. Joan of Arc. https://www.stjoanhershey.org/thecentennialproject.html

“Requiescat in pace.”
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    359 West Areba Avenue
    HERSHEY, PA
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    359 West Areba Avenue
    HERSHEY, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    The Rev. Fr. Alfred P. Sceski

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Marisa Trahan

Posted at 02:37pm
To the Hennigan Family - May you all find strength in each other through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
With deepest sympathy,
Marisa Trahan
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Wendy Miller Schrimpe

Posted at 06:18pm
To Saundra and The Hennigan Family: Sending you big hugs and my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband and father. As time heals your sadness you will find yourselves sharing so many fond memories of the many years you spent together.
I have many memories spending time at your home in Center Valley as a kid that I will always cherish.
With much love-
Wendy Miller Schrimpe AKA Mendy Willer & Metal Mouth
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The Girls of Cow Harbor

Posted at 12:22pm
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Karyl Hennigan Claroni

Posted at 06:54pm
I love you dad.
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