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February 12, 1944 April 24, 2024
February 12, 1944 -- April 24, 2024

Bernard `Bernie` O`Donnell, Age:80

Bernard J. O' Donnell " Bernie" passed away peacefully in his home on April 24, 2024.

Bernie from the West Side was born and raised in Chicago. Bernie attended Our Lady Help of Christians grade school and attended St. Mel's High School. In seventh grade, Bernie met the love of his life, Mary Kreniske, when she moved in across the street.  In 1966 they married and had two wonderful children, Sean (Kelly) and Kathy (Tim).

Bernie was a Marine Core Reservist prior to marriage to Mary.

He enjoyed his job as a North Ave Lifeguard, even being awarded the prestigious "Rookie of The Year Award" all while going through his rigorous training at the Chicago Police Academy.

Bernie became a Chicago Firefighter in 1972 and served the City of Chicago for 30 years before retiring in 2004. He was a proud member of the BOB, Brotherhood of the Barrell which originated during the Chicago Firefighter strike of 1980.

Bernard J. "Bernie" O'Donnell, leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Mary (nee Kreniske). He is a devoted Father of Kathryn [Ret. CPD] (Tim) Canning and Sean [CFD] (Kelly). Loving Papa of Rory and Dermot. Dear brother of five. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 3 pm until 8 pm at Olson Burke/Sullivan Funeral and Cremation Center, 6467 N. Northwest Hwy. (1 blk north of Devon), Chicago.  Prayers at 7:15pm. Interment private.  Info:773-774-3333.

In lieu of flowers to make a donation in honor of Bernard J O’Donnell to his favorite charity St Jude’s at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org)


May 02nd
May 02, 2024
03:00 pm
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Edison Park , IL 60631

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Laurie Plettau April 27, 2024

Loving Friend Berwyn , Illinois

My deepest sympathy to you all, Mary, Sean and Kathy and family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain April 29, 2024

Chaplain Chicago , Illinois

Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Bernie will be remembered at the next Police Mass. In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: www.ChicagoPCM.org or 312/738-7588]

Mike Laudicina May 02, 2024

Home health OT Chicago , Illinois

So sorry for your loss.

Hernan & Paul Dowling May 03, 2024

Neighbors from 8K Chicago , Illinois

Dear Mary, We hope this note finds you surrounded by love and support during this difficult time. We wanted to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Bernard. Losing a loved one is never easy, and we can only imagine the pain you must be feeling. Please know that we are here for you if you need anything at all, whether it's a shoulder to lean on or just someone to listen. Take care of yourself, and may you find peace and strength in the days ahead. With heartfelt sympathy, Paul & Hernan (Your neighbors from 8K)