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Thomas J. Fennell April 30, 1935 - April 27, 2009

DANVERS -- Thomas Joseph Fennell, 73, of Danvers died Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Visitation Catholic Church in Danvers. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 30, 1935, in Marysland Township, Swift County, to Edmund and Margaret (Peerboom) Fennell. He grew up on the family farm in Marysland Township until 1951, when they moved to Danvers. He attended school in Danvers and graduated from Benson High School in 1954.

He married Lois Porter on Dec. 18, 1965, in Minneapolis. He farmed in the Danvers area for many years and owned and operated Ed and Tom's Mobil Gas Station in Danvers from 1952 until 1966. He was a member of the National Guard from 1958 to 1963.

He is survived by his wife; three children: Tom (and Kelly) Fennell of Kasson, Stephanie (and David) Leach of Milroy and Jason (and Michaella) Fennell of Anoka; nine grandchildren; four sisters: Elizabeth Hughes of Danvers, Catherine Zinda of Kerkhoven, Clara (and Jim) Brown of Huntsville, Ala., and Margaret Fennell of Danvers.

He was preceded in death by a brother at infancy.