Bernard "Red" McConnell, 94, Ashville, entered into new life Thursday at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, Hastings.
He was born in Chest Springs, son of the late Raymond and Matilda (Krise) McConnell.
Surviving are 14 children: Bernice Farabaugh and husband, Ralph, in Delaware, Raymond and wife, Barbara (Pitcock), of Shippensburg, Theresa Thomas and husband, Ralph, of Dysart, Samuel and wife, Rose (Duclo), of Ashville, Peter and wife, Carol (Malloy), of Dysart, Kate Luther and husband, Vincent, of Ashville, David and wife, Denise (Kosicki), of Ashville, Margaret Hartzog of Patton, Coletta Zerbee and husband, James, of Erie, Bernadette Sharp and husband, David, of Loretto, Ida Johansen and husband, Baard, of Murrysville, Jane Sharp and husband, William, of Loretto, Pauline Kinney and husband, Michael, of Dysart and Bernard and wife, Lynnann (Davis), of Blairsville.
He is also survived by 40 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Helen Sherry and Olive Sheehan, both of Bessemer, Laverne Ott of Ebensburg and Rae Bearer of Hastings.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Coletta (Donoughe), on Sept. 15, 2000; two daughters: Ellen McConnell Brown and Louise Mulcahy; three grandchildren; five brothers: Denver, Roy, Patrick, Dan and Jack; and two sisters: Rosemary Boland and Ruth Ryan.
Red loved volunteering his time and sharing his musical talents, singing and playing his guitar and other instruments, in the various nursing homes and senior centers throughout the community. He enjoyed playing cards, pitching horseshoes with Father Howard and hunting, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at McConnell Lake.
Red was a member of St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church and the Allegheny Mountain Power Club. He was very proud of his Irish heritage.
Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the family home, 444 McMullen Road, Ashville. Friends will also be received from 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Joseph W. Fleming as celebrant. Committal will be at McConnell Lake Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Carmelite Sisters in Loretto or to McConnell Lake Memorial Park, 444 McMullen Road, Ashville, PA 16613.
Arrangements are by Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage.