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Bernard J. O'Donnell
July 30, 1944 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Bernard Joseph O'Donnell, 79, of Wentzville, passed away early in the morning on January 21st, 2024. Known to all that loved him as Bernie, he was born on July 30, 1944 in St. Louis, MO, to Gertrude (Hamm) and John O'Donnell.
Bernie graduated from CBC High School in 1962, where he was a member of the ROTC. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy and proudly served from 1963-1967 on the USS Intrepid . After his military service, Bernie went on to study at Lindenwood University and earned a B.A. in Business.
Bernie was a dedicated husband to his wife, Marie Elaine (Licare) O'Donnell, for 55 years. He was devoted to their children, Kimberly Vipond (Kyle), Jason O'Donnell and Krista O'Donnell, they were his reason for being. Above all, he is the most amazing beloved Papa to Julian, Alexis, and Kristian Vipond.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude O'Donnell, his brothers, Eugene, Thomas and Richard O'Donnell. Bernie is survived by his wife, son, daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren, as well as his brother John (Joan) O'Donnell, nieces and nephews.
Bernie was a sole business owner, BJ Typesetting and jack of all trades. Most importantly, he worked hard all of this life to provide for his family, who he always put first.
He was strong in his Catholic faith and was proud of his involvement in the CYC, i.e. coaching sports teams and organizing dances. Everyone that came into contact with Bernie adored his infectious humor, outgoing nature and desire to make people laugh and feel cared about. He loved to watch the Cardinals, the Blues, and westerns, mow his yard and listen to music.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Incarnate Word School Education Fund, CBC Education Fund or Volunteers in Medicine St. Charles, MO.