Dorothy A. Mac Donald

Died: 2016-02-04
Resided in: Peabody, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life
Viewing location: see below
Viewing date: 2016-02-13 / 4pm
Service type: Celebration of Life
Service date: 2016-02-13 / 4pm
Service location: Saturday, February 13, 4:00 PM, at the Chapel in the McIntosh Clubhouse at Brooksby Village, Peabody, Massachusetts.
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Contributions: Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society mailed to St. John the Baptist Church, 17 Chestnut Street, Peabody, MA 01960, or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Service taking place on Saturday, February 13, 4:00 PM, at the Chapel in the McIntosh Clubhouse at Brooksby Village, Peabody, Massachusetts. The service will be followed by dinner and dancing in the Catering Room. As requested there are no visiting hours. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

OBIT: Dorothy Ann Wilson Mac Donald, 85, passed away peacefully February 4, 2016, at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers, Massachusetts. Born April 21,1930, in Detroit, Michigan, she was the oldest child of Gordon Alexander Wilson and Margaret Kelly (Woodcroft) Wilson. Dorothy graduated from The Shrine of the Little Flower High School in 1948, married Lawrence C. Mac Donald in 1949, raised seven children, and enjoyed careers as a substitute teacher, office manager, model, and master seamstress and tailor. She ended her professional life retiring as Vice President of Alexander & Alexander Financial Group. Dorothy was one of the first women to be accepted into the Lions Club. Retirement brought golf and travels in the U.S., Canada and abroad including her favorite destination Kenya, Africa. She took great pride in her large family clan of 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, the Curtis Family and the Mehrman-Richelson Family. In 2006, Dorothy moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody, Massachusetts. She served as President of the Catholic Council, volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister, was the head seamstress for the Brooksby Thespians, and appeared as a regular panelist on the cable show Burning Questions and Current Events. Dorothy was extremely proud of creating and teaching the IPAD Class and co-hosting the TV show The IPADDERS at Brooksby Village. She remained a true fan to her beloved Detroit Red Wings, Lions and Pistons along with her Boston sport teams: the NE Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. She is survived by the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Mehrman; seven children and their spouses: Margaret Mac Donald and Robert De Genarro, Larry and Dorothy (Yasko) Mac Donald, Paul and Terri (Hassett) Mac Donald, Betsy (Mac Donald) and Fred Geheb, Mike and Louise (Christensen) Mac Donald, Chris Mac Donald, Fred and Jo Ellen (Beck) Mac Donald; Bob’s sister, Joan Mehrman, his son and spouse Barry and Ann (Caulfield) Mehrman; the Mehrman-Richelson Family; siblings Marie “Betty” (Wilson) Blackett and Paul Wilson; and sister-in-laws Georgia Ann (Schappe) Wilson, Barbara (Bryne) Wilson, and Marilyn (Mac Donald) Swindlehurst; and close friends, the Curtis Family. Dorothy was predeceased by her parents; mentor Aunt Ollie (Woodcroft) Sheehan; siblings Gordon Wilson and Peggy (Wilson) Foerstner; ex-husband Larry Mac Donald; daughter-in-law Susan Sklarchyk MacDonald (wife of Christopher); nephews Gordon A. Wilson III and Tim and Mark Zajaros; great-grandsons Luke and Zack Wingert; and cherished aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Dorothy was full of adventure, a life-long learner and a risk taker who was always ready for a good time of fun. She often described her time on earth as having a “Very Fortunate Life”—facing adversity without fear, having the courage to move forward each day, and trusting in her faith and God. She continued to teach family to LIVE life with joy, to love God, and to treat everyone as you would treat yourself. With these values she set a goal of making everyday her Best-Day-Ever. And that is exactly what she did! The Mac Donald Clan would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our mother’s amazing caregivers, Dr. Randolph Powers and the Brooksby Medical Staff, to Sarah Kim and Kathleen Fanikos of Care Dimensions of the Northshore, and to the staff at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers.


My deepest condolences. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful Lady. Love and Prayers for all of you. Love Betty (Rushford) Smith
My Forever LOVE & GRATITUDE to my dearest Dorothy! lovingly ~ Georgia Ann
It has only been 3 plus years that I have known Dot but have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to make her acquaintance in that time. She will be sorely missed, she was such a sweet and caring individual and I feel blessed to have known her. Nancy Whitney
She sounds like she was an awesome woman and full of life. I'm sure she'll be having a great time in Heaven as well. Jim Bokshan
Dorothy was a wonderful soul with a big heart and always made us feel welcome. She will be missed!
To the MacDonald family-Dennis and Mary Beth Haber-Gibson send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Dorothy was such a special person and we will miss her greatly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the MacDonald clan. You were blessed to have such a special person in your lives. She was also blessed to have you all in hers. You have so many great memories to hold and share. We will think of you and her as you celebrate her life. David and Rhonda
A life well lived followed by DINNER AND DANCING .... Just perfect ! With love and heartfelt sympathy. The Dunfords Craig and Mitzi
My Sincere Message To The Entire Family For The Lose Of [As I recall] a very vibrant & loving woman! Myself,being the son of Victor & Aileen Woodcroft..Dorothy being my cousin and daughter of my Uncle Gordon & Aunt Margaret in Detroit Michigan. My memories of Dorthy when I was a young teenager visiting her family in Rochester Mich.where extremely impressive of such a high energy lady! Heaven,has just welcomed a wonderful person! Gerald P. Woodcroft
Dear MacDonald Family, I was lucky enough to meet your lovely mother and she was everything you said in this announcement. Please know she is in our prayers at this very difficult time. I wish your family peace and wonderful memories of her. Betsy and Fred and family, we will not be able to attend services as we will be out of state, but you are being thought of with sympathy. Laurie and Joe Curtis
Betsy, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My memory of Dorothy is standing on the sidelines at so many soccer games. Her smile and laugh was contagious. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and you, Betsy, were a wonderful daughter. I'm sure she cherished your unselfish care and devotion. May she rest in peace. Love, Janis
Dorothy was a very special person whom we admired and respected for the great mother and grandmother who she was. our deepest sympathy to you her beloved family.We will pray for her and for you during your time of loss and grieving. Best wishes Paul & Tia Woodcroft
My sincerest condolences to all of you. Jim Demery
Dona ei requiem aeternam. My dear Mother, Betty Blain, was so fond of all her fist cousins and Aunts Margaret and Ollie. And we cherish many warm memories of trips to Detroit as children and mega Woodcroft family reunions in London, Ontario with the Wilsons, MacDonalds, Sheehans, Habers and Blains. All our prayers and deepest sympathies. Joseph Blain, Montreal, Canada
She raised wonderful children, and was very kind and gracious during her life. I knew her during my early years of my life and she showed me how to raise children with different abilities to be productive good adults. I send prayers to the family for their loss.
Dorothy was a great lady and cousin. I remember enjoying several teas at her home here in MI. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. Our prayers are with all the family at this time. Love, Bob and Julie Reinhard Krist
Dear MacDonald's I pray that your Mother saors like a angel, with peace as she fly's by for not to say good bye but to wave to her in the sky. Let the peace be with you all. Iris Hawley
Joanne Blain Levesque grand daughter of Agnes E Woodcroft and daughter of Betty Sullivan Blain sends deepest sympathy to the MacDonald family for the loss of your mother a truly remarkable woman. What a wonderful legacy of love faith and compassion she has left you and all of us from the Woodcroft clan. May Dorothy rest in peace in the Glory of our Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joanne Levesque Ottawa Ontario
Our condolences on Dorothy’s passing. We are fortunate to have known and loved Dorothy, her energetic life and her caring family. May her spirit continue to live through her generations. Love Barry & Ann
Dear Mike and Fred:Through the kindness of Georgia Ann I was notified of the death of your Mother. My sympathy to all of your family in the loss of a great Mother and friend to many. I had many visits with your Mom over the years and will remember her in my next Mass. I followed her illness through e-mails and am amazed how she did survive so long with so many medical problems...face it...she had great faith and courage. Sending my warm wishes, prayers to all of you. Monsignor George Davich, 3687 Cassia, Palm Springs, Cal. 92262
Dorothy was a good example to others to be joyful an to serve.
To you all, may God'grace be upon you & help find solace in the wonderful legacy & joy for life & love of family that your Mother demonstrated every day. She was a gift, just as you all were a gift to her. My prayers & thoughts are with you, hoping the outpouring will be of some comfort, more so the stories that will be shared about your Mother, which will bring a smile, a laugh,and a tear of joy. Ned Delaney
So sorry to hear about the passing of Dorothy. I remember what a positive, enthusiastic and caring person she was. I admire her strength and integrity. God bless to all the family. Rosemary (Haber) McEniry (sister to Mary Beth Haber-Gibson and daughter of Patricia (Sullivan) and Leo Haber
Although we've never met your beloved Mother we feel like we knew her through the lives of her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Louise. Because of their lives we know that she was loving, gentle, kind and gracious. Jesus said, whomever has seen me has seen my father. Having seen Mike and Louise we have seen Dorothy. She was well and truly loved. Our condolences to your entire family. We are keeping a candle lit as she makes her journey home. Will and Dayle Spencer Estes Park, Colorado
Dear MacDonald family, We were saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved mother. We did not know her except through the stories that Fred told us over the years. From those stories we learned that she was a very caring mother, grandmother and a good friend to many. If you look at the wonderful family she raised into adulthood you will understand just how loving and special she was. Her legacy of love will continue through the MacDonald family forever. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Love, Sally and Tom Sullivan
Dear MacDonald Kids and their Families, A 1,000 and one memories come from the MacDonald family living as close neighbors in Ferndale Mich. For 20 + years. We shall cherish them all! Dorothy had so many talents and she used everyone of them to the fullest. Always available for help in any way -she showed our daughter Diane how to iron a shirt properly! Gave us a handmade Teddy Bear made from her mother's fur coat-so many things to remember. She had the ability to some up any situation in very few words. She indeed was a special friend. Coralynn McIntee The MacDonald/Mcintee families were in the middle of a three block span of six families raising 39 children! In the 1950's all the older ones attended St. James school. To say the least Dorothy was one of main the neighborhood organizers-we had our own village! Dorothy used to go to the St. James PTA meetings with me. People outside the neighborhood thought we were a couple -15 kids between us -you got to be kidding! Dorothy suggested we could start a neighborhood scandal if we held hands at one of the meetings -we didn't – but the thought gave us a big laugh. A wall flower -”Dorothy was not”. She spoke her words from her heart. When Dorothy moved to Pinckney, Coralynn and I would meet her for lunch in Dexter every month or so, to catch up on our ever expanding families. It was always fun to reminisce our mutual experiences raising our families in the Ferndale neighborhood. We missed those lunches once Dorothy moved out East, from then on it was a phone call now and then. She was a person who saw the bright side no matter the circumstances. The Lord's blessing to Dorothy's and all of herfamily. Pat McIntee
Our Condolences on the passing of Dorothy, a great and vibrant member of the whole Woodcraft gang. We have fond memories of Dorothy and family at our wedding and the wonderful Woodcraft Family reunions. On all occasions, Dorothy was a true,'tour de force.' We are fortunate to have her great and loving example to follow. It is also quite wonderful to read the many salutes to Dorothy from her fond admirers. We are lucky to have such fine relatives. Love to all, Vince and Judy Blain and children, Turner and Caitlin
To all of Dorothy's family: My heart is very saddened by the loss of Aunt Dorothy. May the life of your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great mother be filled with the many many wonderful memories of times spent with her. You all were so blessed to have someone so very very special in your lives but she too had all of you. What an incredible family the MacDonald's are. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I will miss aunt Dorothy very much. So happy that I had her in my life. I will never forget her. Lisa Lilly
Patricia Agnes Morin, daughter of Patricia Haber Sullivan, sends condolences to Dorothy's family. My sense of your beautiful mom is that she died Full of Years, not emptied of them, filled by them. My sympathy to all of your family in the loss of Dorothy. My grandmother Agnes Woorcroft Sullivan loss a daughter Dorothy at age six in 1914. Patricia Morin , Toronto
Dear cousins,May peace come to your heart, may time heal the sorrow and may the wonderful memories of your life with your Mom bring happiness to you and your families. Fondly, Kathy & Boys
Sending love and prayers, wishing all the time we could be there with you to celebrate your wonderful mother's life. God Bless. Tom and Barb Wasinger

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