A passing to note this morning. Michael Donnell, Sr of Franklin, NY. a 30-year permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, died on Saturday. The former first class petty officer in the Coast Guard retired from his work life in 1986 and became an ordained deacon and performed baptisms, funerals and prayer services for the homebound and dying. Donnell was 85. Services are being handled by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel in Sidney.