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Official Obituary of

Donald Francis Cooney

December 13, 1939 ~ April 1, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Donald Cooney Obituary

Donald Francis Cooney, 84, of Salix, died on April 1, 2024 at Windber Hospice. Born on December 13, 1939, in Johnstown, son of George and Helen (Franke) Cooney. 

Preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Charles Polak, and Edward McDermott. 

Survived by his loving wife of 63 years Sue (Cale) Cooney, children Sherry Helsel (Dan), Tim (Denise Obitz), Michelle Vitez (John), and Don Jr. (Marissa Theroux); grandchildren Christina Christ, Matthew, and Adam Helsel, Carter, Kirstyn, and Cameron Vitez, Revis, Aiden, Austin, and Brody Cooney; great-grandchildren Ava, Emma, and Conner Christ; sisters Marlene Polak and Elaine McDermott; brothers Ron (Charlotte) and Eugene (Carol) Cooney. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Don was a 1958 graduate of Johnstown High School. He was self-employed most of his life with his greatest accomplishment being the original owner of EZ Shopper and Suzie Q Ice Cream stand in Salix. Don was an avid Steeler fan and was a season ticket holder for over 40 years. Don's passion was being outdoors and working in his yard. He will be sadly missed by his family. 

Friends received from 4-6 PM on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Frank Duca Funeral Home, East Hills Chapel and Crematory, 404 Walters Ave, Johnstown PA 15904. 

Friends and family will meet for a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM on Saturday at St. Benedict Church. Fr. David Peles. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Avenue, Windber PA 15963 or to the Alzheimer's foundation at in memory of Don. 

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Friends Received
April 5, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Duca Funeral Home - East Hills Chapel & Crematory
404 Walters Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904

Funeral Mass
April 6, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Benedict Catholic Church
2310 Bedford Street
Johnstown, PA 15904


Windber Hospice
600 Somerset Ave, Windber PA 15963
Tel: 1-814-467-3684

Alzheimer's Foundation
225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago IL 60601
Tel: 1-800-272-3900


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