April McDonald Obituary

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April G. McDonald

April 27, 1933 - December 21, 2013
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April G. (Hanson) McDonald 80, formerly of Keene, NH and Spofford, NH, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Crestwood Nursing Home in Milford, NH, following a period of failing health. She was born in West Stewartstown, NH, April 27, 1933, the daughter of Clara Valliere and given the birth name of Gertrude Jeanette Valliere. On April 27, 1951, at the age of 18, she was adopted in Berlin, NH by Evelyn Marie (Renaud) and Arnold H. Hanson. She grew up in Berlin and was a 1951 graduate of Berlin High School. She received a bachelor degree in education in 1956 from Keene Teachers College. Following graduation, she taught elementary...
April G. (Hanson) McDonald 80, formerly of Keene, NH and Spofford, NH, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Crestwood Nursing Home in Milford, NH, following a period of failing health.

She was born in West Stewartstown, NH, April 27, 1933, the daughter of Clara Valliere and given the birth name of Gertrude Jeanette Valliere. On April 27, 1951, at the age of 18, she was adopted in Berlin, NH by Evelyn Marie (Renaud) and Arnold H. Hanson.

She grew up in Berlin and was a 1951 graduate of Berlin High School. She received a bachelor degree in education in 1956 from Keene Teachers College. Following graduation, she taught elementary education in Winchendon, MA, for a brief time.

Mrs. McDonald resided in Concord, NH and Jaffrey, NH before moving to Spofford in 1971 where she resided until moving to Keene in 1999. She worked for 21 years as a postmaster with the Spofford Post Office, retiring in 1994. She also was a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter in Keene. Following retirement, Mrs. McDonald provided day care in her home.

She was a life member of the John Humiston Post 11 Jaffrey American Legion Auxiliary and the Jaffrey Post Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary. She was a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church in Keene and a member of the Marie Rivier Association. She was a coordinator and teacher of catholic education at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Spofford, and a member of the church choir. She was also a past member of the Chesterfield (NH) Lions Club.

She enjoyed helping her husband coach the little league, Babe Ruth and junior legion baseball teams in Jaffrey. She also enjoyed playing softball at the age of 45, with the West Swanzey (NH) Athletic Association Softball Team. She was an avid Red Sox fan.

She is survived by a son, Richard P. McDonald and his wife, Paula, of Milford; five daughters, Sue-Ellen McDonald of West Springfield, MA, Maryann McDonald of Rindge, Penny L. McDonald of Jaffrey, Bobbie-Jo Norby and her husband, Steve, of Rindge, NH, Gloria Jean Sirois and her husband, Francis, of Troy, NH; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold P. Hanson of Nashua, NH; two sisters, Louise G. Rivera and Theresa Valliere; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Robert Ernest McDonald, whom she married in St. John the Evangelist Church in Concord on August 25, 1956, died September 28, 1986. She was also predeceased by two sons, Charles E. McDonald on November 6, 2011 and Mark S. McDonald on October 29, 1963.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM in St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene. Burial will be in the spring in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Jaffrey. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 10:30AM to 12:30PM at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. McDonald's memory to St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431, or to the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter, 83 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.

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