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Lyndhurst College Student Struggles To Make Ends Meet After Dad’s Death

Betty Marie McDonnell poses with her father Dennis.
Betty Marie McDonnell poses with her father Dennis. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

LYNDHURST, N.J. – A Lyndhurst college student is struggling to afford housing, food and a funeral service for her father after his sudden death.

Dennis McDonnell died on January 9, his daughter Betty Marie McDonnell wrote on a GoFundMe page she created to raise funds for his funeral.

“My mother is not in the picture and I have been living alone with my father since as long as I can remember,” Betty wrote, adding that her father was on disability and she took care of him.

“He was not only my father, but my best friend,” she wrote.

Betty said she is now “caught in a situation where I will be continuing school, but I will need to not only pay for the funeral but find the money for a place to live and food to eat.”

Nearly $3,000 had been raised to help Betty by Tuesday evening.

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