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Donald P. Bolden, Jr. | 60

July 25, 1960 - July 12, 2021

Donald P. Bolden, Jr., 60, of 134 Maurus Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a brief illness.

He was born July 25, 1960, in Cumberland, MD, son of the late Donald P. and Sara A. “Sally” Murphy Bolden, Sr. Donny was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 1978. He was a former employee of American Axle in St. Marys.

On September 26, 1986, in the Sacred Heart Church, Donny married Caroline M. Wendel, who survives. He is also survived by his sons, Justin Bolden and his wife Jessica of Kersey; Brandon Bolden and his wife Megan of St. Marys; and Jeremy Bolden of Cranberry Township; five grandchildren: Lucie, Jacob, Lucas, Adelynn, and Everly Bolden; his sisters: Stephanie Tobin and her husband William of Lincoln University, PA; Christine Auman and her husband Thomas of St. Marys; and Jessica Kunes and her husband Aaron of Weedville; and by his sister-in-law, Ann Bolden of St. Petersburg, FL.

In addition to his parents, Donny was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Bolden on July 8, 1981; and by his brother, Andrew “Tim” Bolden on July 25, 2011.

Donny was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He loved to cook and listen to music, and was an avid fisherman. Donny was a great story teller and could hold a great conversation. He loved putting a smile on others’ faces, often times by teasing them and making them laugh.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, July 16, 2021, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the MoyaMoya Foundation Co., PO Box 1180, Enfield, CT 06083; the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, 204 Sigma Drive, RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15238; or to the St. Mary Servicemen’s Burial Detail, 168 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.



July 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

July 17, 2021
11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church

Final Resting Place

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Sending my condolences to Don’s family. He was always an easy-going school classmate and all-around good guy. You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sending thought and prayers to all of you.

  3. His picture brought back so many memories of that gentle smile and kind heart.

  4. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and positive thoughts to get through this difficult time.

  5. Donny and I were tight childhood friends. I won’t forget his kindness and ask special prayers for the devastating pain that the Bolden family has endured.

  6. Carolyn, we were deeply saddened at NW Bank to hear of Don’s passing. We will miss his regular visits and his cheerfulness. Hang on to the wonderful memories and find strength in family and friends during this most difficult time.

  7. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Sorry for you and your family’s loss Jeremy.

  9. So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing, my condolences go out to Caroline and his sons. I worked with Donnie at the plant and became fast friends from day one. He will be sorely missed by me and every one he touched throughout his life. Rest in piece my friend!

  10. My condolences for the family, he really was a nice guy and those are in short supply as is. I think the silver lining in this tragedy is that he did not have long to suffer.

  11. Jeremy, you have my sympathies. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  12. So sorry to hear this…. we will be thinking of you Carolyn.

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