Donora mayor, 92, recuperating after hospitalization

  • By Scott Beveridge August 14, 2014
Donora Mayor John Lignelli is shown in his office in this 2013 photo. - Scott Beveridge / O-R

DONORA – Longtime Donora Mayor John Lignelli was expected Thursday to miss a council meeting for the first time while in office after he recently was hospitalized and later transferred to an assisted-living home, a borough official said.

Council President Karen Polkabla said she will perform the duties of mayor until Lignelli, 92, recuperates.

“We have to give him a period of time,” Polkabla said Thursday afternoon.

She said Lignelli, who will turn 93 later this month, was living by himself when he took ill and was recovering at the Residence at Hilltop in Carroll Township.

Lignelli was re-elected in 2013 to his sixth term as mayor after having been involved in local politics for the past four decades, serving for many years as council president.

Last year, Lignelli said, he was still rising at 4 a.m. each day to volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program’s central kitchen in Donora and driving a minibus for local senior services in between working at the municipal building.

Scott Beveridge has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986 after previously working at the Daily Herald in Monongahela. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fine arts and art education programs and Duquesne University’s master of liberal arts program. He is a 2004 World Affairs journalism fellow.


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