In memory of
Mary (Rosenthal) McDonnel
In memory of
Mary (Rosenthal) McDonnel
Mary (Rosenthal) McDonnel Mary (Rosenthal) McDonnel of Pismo Beach, Calif. (formerly of Linwood, N.J.) passed away peacefully at home, with her daughters and close friends by her side on February 22, 2017. She was born on December, 28, 1958, in Charleston, W.Va., the youngest of five children born to Adolph R. and June Rosenthal. Her family moved to Linwood, New Jersey in 1971. Mary attended St. Joseph's Regional School in Somers Point and then graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1977. After high school, Mary attended ACCC. After getting her R.N. degree, she worked in various hospitals in Philadelphia before moving out to Santa Barbara, Calif. in 1986. It wasn't long before Mary moved to the San Luis Obispo area Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo. Over the years, Mary worked at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center, and Coastal Surgical Institute. Mary loved community and treasured her daughters' faith-based education at Royal Oaks Christian School (ROCS) in Arroyo Grande. She would later look back on those years and call them "extraordinary!" She was a room mother and enthusiastic volunteer creating class projects and participating in annual events to support her girls and give back to ROCS. After school you could find Mary leading Girl Scout troops and chauffeuring the girls to gymnastics, cheerleading class and piano rehearsals! Mary reveled in being a mother! Her love easily spread to her step-children she loved them deeply and completely. Mary's gift of giving and contributing extended beyond her daughters' school and extra-curricular activities. She attended New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach, where she worked on the welcoming team as a greeter, and contributed to New Life's People's Kitchen. After her diagnosis in early 2014, she continued to volunteer at Coastal Surgical Institute where she had worked as an R.N. She was a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army her faithful Newfoundland dog Riley by her side. Her involvement in the women's Bible study and Faith Caf‚ fulfilled her desire for fellowship and formed the foundation of some treasured friendships. Mary was as active an individual as one could ever know! When she would visit New Jersey, she would frequently walk to meet up with family or friends rather than drive. She loved to bike; hike; and paddle! She rowed with Pale Kai Outrigger in Avila; she biked everywhere; she loved snow skiing; boogie-boarding; and hiking, hiking and more hiking! In February 2014, Mary was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her bones and liver. Hardly missing a step, she was the epitome of someone who lived with cancer. She had more adventures in the three years she ferociously battled cancer than most people have in an entire lifetime! She went to Ireland with her sister; Costa Rica with her daughters; Yosemite to hike; Lake Tahoe to sail, to hike, and to ski. Each year, she led a group of road biking friends on "Mary's Ride" - a long-distance trek that covered the most scenic routes of San Luis Obispo County to honor her fight against cancer. Everyone who was blessed to have Mary in their life knew they were blessed. She had a warmth and generosity of spirit that was undeniable. Her smile was quick, and genuine framed by those delightful dimples. Mary was predeceased by her twin infant daughters, Kathleen and Tiffany; her father Adolph R.; and brother Michael. She is survived by her daughters Molly and Tessa of Calif.; her step- children Joci, Sami and Brandon; and her mother, June of N.J.; sisters Carol (Tim); Kathy (Tom); brother Bobby (Gail); sister-in-law Francina; and her boyfriend Thomas Pendley. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families, and countless friends who loved her. Mary would want to make sure that special thanks are extended to her extraordinary hospice nurse, Cindy; her devoted oncologist, Dr. Brian Dicarlo and his staff; and Lindsay McTavish who put Mary's needs ahead of her own, and took such good care of our dear Mary for the last three months of her incredible, beautiful life. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at New Life Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach. In keeping with Mary's active life, a "Paddleout" will take place Friday, March 17th at 5:00 pm. Rentals will be available at Avila Beach Paddlesports, 3915 Avila Beach Drive in Avila Beach. To reserve a rental, go to: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/avilabeachpaddlesports/items/11273/availability/51184865/book/?full-items=yes There will also be a Madonna Mountain hike leaving the trailhead parking lot off Highway 101 at Marsh Street at 6:30 am, Saturday March 18th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or go to www.cancer.org . Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries ... Show More
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