Ethan G. Sandor McDonnell

Ethan G. Sandor McDonnell

May 31, 1993 April 7, 2020

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Obituary for Ethan G. Sandor McDonnell

Ethan G. Sandor McDonnell, 26, of Lancaster passed away April 7, 2020 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Reading, Ethan was the son of Maria McDonnell and Thomas Sandor. He grew up in Fleetwood, PA graduating from Fleetwood High School in 2011, and from Albright College in 2015 with degrees in Sociology and Political Science. He remained politically active, working on both local and national campaigns.

He worked in Application Development and Support at UGI, but his true passion was music. Ethan was a singer/songwriter for the Lancaster-based band "seasonal." Ethan and his fiancée Julia also enjoyed traveling the world together. He will be remembered for his generosity and humor and huge loving heart.

In addition to his parents, Ethan is survived by his brothers: Owen and Aidan Sandor; his grandparents: James and Katherine Sandor, Manahawkin, NJ; and Elizabeth Paolini, Reading; and his fiancée, Julia Bongiovanni; as well as a large extended family. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Richard Paolini.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy ( Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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Daniel Hoch

Tom and Maria, Owen and Aidan,
My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow at the loss of your son and brother Ethan. I could scarcely believe the words as I read them on Saturday afternoon.
I remember painting the walls of your house before you moved in, especially the closet above the stairs in Ethan's bedroom, with the dark blue ceiling so that Tom could put glow-in-the-dark stars on it and make it a hidey-hole reading nook (for Ethan to read Harry Potter books, if I remember correctly?).
I can't recall a time that I didn't see Ethan with a smile on his face, always on his way to somewhere or something, never sitting still or just relaxing.
I hadn't seen him much these last few years since he graduated and moved out of the neighborhood, but when I did, he always took a moment to say hello and chat for a bit. A nice surprise for a young man to take the time to do that for an old fogey like me.

My sincere sympathy on your loss.

Comment | Posted at 09:35pm via Condolence

Carla and Samantha Evarts

We are so sorry to hear about Ethan's passing. He was always so kind and helpful to us here at UGI. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. With heartfelt sorrow, Carla & Samantha Evarts
Comment | Posted at 02:25pm via Condolence


My deepest condolences to you Tom and your family during this difficult time in the passing of your beloved Son Ethan. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Your Ethan is playing in the band with the Angels now forever.
Comment | Posted at 08:27am via Condolence


Ennie...I still remember the day you were born. I was so excited for your arrival and your mom was a wreck. I wish we had stayed in touch more. While we hadn't spoken in years, my love for you was always there. You were a very special young man, who touched the lives of many. Rest in Peace. I pray for your mom and the rest of the family. God bless you, all.
Comment | Posted at 07:01am via Condolence

Patty Keeney

My sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Maria,Tom and family. I cannot even imagine your brokenness. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Patty Keeney
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