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Robert   Joseph O'Donnell
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Mr. Robert Joseph “Bob” O’Donnell, age 71 of Marietta, GA died Friday, October 20, 2017. Bob was born May 28, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to Ann and Bill O’Donnell. He was raised in a large, loving Catholic family with his brothers and sister. Bob attended Holy Family Grammar School, John Jay High School and Baruch College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. His college career was interrupted by two years of duty in the U.S. Army as an SP4, serving in an Armored Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. Bob joined the Knights of Columbus as a young man, ultimately achieving the rank of Fourth Degree and was elected Grand Knight in Northvale, NJ. Bob began his career in New York City working at Blue Cross where he met and was captivated by the lovely Helene Rubin. They were married in August, 1970. Bob’s career advancement led him to a future at Pan American Airways, at which time he and Helene moved from Brooklyn to Northvale, NJ. They were selected to join Delta Airlines upon the closure of Pan Am. Upon joining Delta, Bob and Helene moved to Atlanta, GA to begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. As Bob advanced through his career at Delta, he achieved the coveted position of Senior Customer Service Agent at the Atlanta Sky Club at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Bob’s many awards from Delta highlighted his career achievements and his career with Delta allowed he and Helene the ability to travel the world. They amassed a unique collection of memorabilia from around the world. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Helene Rubin O’Donnell on January 6, 2017. He is survived his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Joan O’Donnell, Eddie and JoAnn O’Donnell and his sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and John Cunningham, all of Jackson, NJ and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marietta, GA with Msgr. John Walsh, celebrant. Interment with U.S. Army honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Drive, Memphis, TN 38105. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, October 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Carmichael Funeral Home, 1130 Whitlock Ave., Marietta GA 30064 (770) 424-4924. www.carmichaelcares.com.


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Visitation

Thursday

26

Oct

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Visitation

Thursday

26

Oct

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Service

Friday

27

Oct

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

87 Lacy Street NW
Marietta, GA 30060

Cemetery Details

Location

Georgia National Cemetery

2025 Mt. Carmel Church Lane
Canton, Georgia 30114


Memorial Contribution

St. Jude's Children's Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Drive Memphis, TN 38105

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