Ethel L. McDonald
Jan. 25, 1922-May 25, 2012
Ethel McDonald passed away on May 25, 2012, at Valley Memorial Hospital, in Livermore, CA, of natural causes. She was 90 years old. Ethel was born in Calamus, IA, to Mike and Clara Thiel. On July 4, 1943, she married Kenneth H. (Mac) McDonald in Cape Girardeau, MO. In 1948 they left Iowa and moved to Washington State for the next 49 years. In 1997 they relocated to Pleasanton, CA. Ethel worked as a dental assistant for many years, as well as serving as office manager for their family automobile dealership. She was involved in many service organizations and was a former president and life-member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. In addition to love of her family, Ethel’s greatest enjoyment came from arts & crafts, specializing in decorative egg art, and writing cards and letters. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years and one sister. She is survived by her son, Ken McDonald (Barbara); two grandsons, Ken McDonald (Shari) and Jeff McDonald (Keri); and 5 great-grandchildren: Allison, Kelsey, Davis, Sean, & Cameron; a sister (Lois London) and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, IA, on Thursday, June 7, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 417 6th Ave., DeWitt, IA, on Friday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 417 6th Ave., DeWitt, IA 52742; or your favorite charity.