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Catherine MacDonald


Catherine (Cathy) Marie MacDonald passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on Wednesday, October 9th. She is survived by her husband John of 51 years, her daughters; Katie Cavanagh (Michael),Patty Godfrey (Patrick), Annmarie MacDonald, Molly Jones (Jeremy),  Maureen Rousseve (Dan), her son Scottie MacDonald. She adored her grandchildren; Brennan (Lauren), Shea, Keegan, McKenna, Lou-Lou, Lily, and Lottie, her step-grandchildren; Serena, Ashley, Andrew and David. She was delighted to have her great grandchild Rowan complete the family. Cathy’s sisters, Ann O’Malley (Patrick) and Patty Paddock(Harry) meant the world to her.She graduated from Aquinas College and was a beloved teacher of many students at St. Stephen, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Thomas the Apostle, and St. Patrick Parnell. Cathy was a dedicated gardener, a creative soul and a lover of nature. It has been said her hugs were worth a million bucks. Her adoration for Jesus was evident in the way she lived her life. She had a deep love and devotion to the Lord, her family, friends and students. She will be missed and always remembered for her unconditional love and bright smile. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, October 12 at 10AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, Rev. Troy Nevins presiding. Family will greet friends and relatives on Friday, October 11 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, with a Rosary at 7:30 PM, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.

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9 Responses

  1. Heaven gained a true angel today. You were a ray of pure sunshine and such a positive presence in this world, Mama Mac! Love you always.

  2. Sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers!! May God and all the Angels rejoice, for she is home!!

  3. My deepest sympathy for your loss and my fondest memories of your Cathy! Lovely smile and gift of hospitality always! Your family is to be admired for the faith, hope and love you gave her over the years. You have an extra angel in heaven now! Well done, My good and faithful servant!

  4. She was a Godsend to our daughter Molly in 3rd grade. A great colleague and friend. Heaven has been made a happier place by our loss here on earth. Prayers to her family.

  5. Dear Katie, Mike, and Family,
    I’m so, so sorry to see your dear mom has passed, but she’s in Heaven now, hugging Jesus and Mary! Please know your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers, and may your dear mother rest in the peace of Christ.❤️

  6. Dear John and family,

    We are so sorry about your loss. Cathy epitomized love and sowed sunshine upon everyone. We regret being unable to join you but will be well-represented by others.

    In love and prayer,

  7. Thinking of all of you! What a blessing you all were to your mom. She was well loved and cared for by all of you. May God wrap His arms around you and give you peace! You are in our prayers.
    God Bless,
    The Crete Family

  8. John and family, my deepest regrets on hearing about the death of the sweet woman you were blessed to have in your lives! May her soul rest in the light of Gods face.

    Steve and Carol Hickner

  9. Cathy, We Have so many memories of the good times years ago. This is how I will remember you always. You are going to join Flo and your Mom an Dad and the rest of the family we have lost. God Bless you and keep you in his arms. Marie Dougall

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