Donald Edward Mahoney, 87, of Owatonna, Minnesota, formerly of New Richmond, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna after a short battle with cancer.
Don was born May 16, 1931, in Wisconsin. He was the son of James and Catherine (Fraher) Mahoney of New Richmond. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1950. On October 11, 1952, he married Theresa Coughlin at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond. In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War until 1955. After returning from Korea, he worked at Maple Island Creamery in Stillwater, Minnesota. In 1961, he began working for Doboy Packaging in New Richmond. After work and on weekends, he helped his brother-in-law on the Coughlin farm. He retired from Doboy in 1993 after 32 years of service.
Don enjoyed spending time with family, baseball, football, dancing, taking walks, and dogs. He loved music and sang in the Immaculate Conception Church choir for many years. He was known for his excellent cooking and baking, and you could count on having a homemade cookie or piece of pie during a visit.
Don is survived by a daughter, Catherine (Grant) Quam of Owatonna; three grandchildren, Cari (Justin) Foss of Marion, Iowa; Patrick (Jennifer) Quam of Marietta, Georgia, and Steven Quam of Farmington, Minnesota; three great-grandchildren, Owen Foss, Amelia Foss, and Sarah Quam; two sisters, Ida Wick of Bessemer, Michigan, and Peggy Pentis of Lakewood, California; a sister-in-law, Mary Rose Coughlin of New Richmond, and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa, his daughter, Sharon (Mahoney) Anderson; his parents, James and Catherine; sisters, Madonna Salmon and Ceil Byrne; brothers, Leo Mahoney and Francis Mahoney; brothers-in-law, Thomas Coughlin and Wilfred Maitrejean; and sister-in-law, Katherine (Coughlin) Maitrejean.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment with military honors provided by the American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80 at Immaculate Conception Cemetery will follow the Mass.