Evelina "Josie" (Bruno) Donell

May 5, 1918 ~ March 30, 2022 (age 103)


Evelina “Josie” Donell, 103, of Latrobe, PA passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2022, in the Loyalhanna Continuing Care Center in Latrobe. Born on May 5, 1918 in Adderly (Wilmerding) PA, she was the beloved daughter of the late Alessandro and Letizia Bruno and the beloved wife of the late Michael G. Donell (Danella). Josie was a World War II veteran where she served as a nurse in the Women’s Army Corps. She was later employed as a nurse at the Sarris Golden Age Home in White Oak, PA. She also was employed at the Westinghouse Airbrake in Wilmerding. Josie was a member of the White Oak American Legion Post 701 and was a proud supporter of the Norwin VFW Post 781. Josie loved to dance and enjoyed painting and working in a variety of crafts. Grandma Josie, as she was affectionately known, loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, especially at family get-togethers around all the holidays. 

Josie was preceded in death by her three brothers, Chino Bruno, Harry Bruno and John Bruno; sisters Antoinette Prysner and Columbina Bruno; and granddaughter Andrea Claire Matason (Sopira). She is survived by her daughters Sandra Donell Matason (husband Richard) of North Huntingdon, PA and Patricia Donell Legge (husband Elio) of Latrobe; grandson Anthony Legge (wife Chelsea) of Irwin, PA; granddaughters Alexa Matason Spriggs (husband Eric) of Cumberland, MD, and Tiffany Legge Gerhardt (husband Tom) of Latrobe; three great grandsons Enzo Legge, Max Gerhardt and Rys Gerhardt; two great granddaughters, Corrine Spriggs and Cora Legge; and two step great grandchildren Cyrus and Icesis Spriggs.

There will be no public visitation. Funeral arrangements are being made by the ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME, 201 Marguerite Drive, Wilmerding, PA, 15148. A military funeral will precede interment at the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Wilmerding on Saturday, April 2,2022.

 In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Andrea Claire Matason Memorial Fund for Animal Care, c/o Alfieri Funeral Home, 201 Marguerite Drive, Wilmerding, PA 15148. or to the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America at Online condolences can be given at

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