Obituary: Donald Francis Rooney
November 21, 2012
Donald Rooney, cherished father, grandfather and friend, peacefully passed into the loving arms of our Lord in Gardnerville, Nev. on Nov. 9, 2012. Donald was 90 years old. He married Charlene Alford in 1944 and together they raised three children. In 1960 the Rooney family settled in Napa, Calif., where they lived for 44 years. Donald and his sons built their home on Sunview Drive.In 2003 Don & Charlene moved to Gardnerville, Nev. to be closer to children and grandchildren. After serving in the US Army during World War II, Donald completed his education and became a teacher. The last twenty years of his career in education he was a principal at Pueblo Vista Elementary and then Salvador Elementary School in Napa, Calif. Donald had many hobbies including gardening, woodworking, pheasant hunting and square dancing. He enjoyed working with his hands and developed a successful handyman business after retirement.After they had been married 63 years, Charlene passed away in 2007. Donald is survived by his three children: Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Whittier, Calif., Michael Rooney of Austin, Texas and Richard Rooney of Gardnerville, Nev.; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.A memorial service was celebrated in Gardnerville on Nov. 14, 2012. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors of America.