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Phyllis McDonald service Friday

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Phyllis E. McDonald, 87, of Portage, Ind., passed away peacefully at VNA Hospice on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

She was born on November 21, 1925 in Gary, Indiana to George and Esther (Nee Tatro) Ramsay.

Phyllis married Robert Edward McDonald Mac on August 19, 1944 in New York City.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Michael (Tracey) McDonald of Valparaiso, Ind., four daughters; Toni (Wally) Mansfield of Hot Springs, Ark., Patti Hineline of Chesterton, Ind., Karen (Charlie) Schick of Houston, Texas, Lori (Ken) Kerr of Porter, Ind., 11 grandchildren; Kristopher (Leslie) McDonald, Kelly (Kris) Klein, Sage (Kelly) Stewart, Nikole (Justin) Racette, Jessica (Jason) Pritchard, Bryan Johnson, Kyle Kerr, Alyssa, Amanda, Ryan and Alexis McDonald. Six great-grandchildren; Olivia, Jacob, Kooper, Mackenzie, Stella and Kase, brother, Bob (Gail) Ramsay of Inverness, Fla., sister, Beverly (Jerry) Fitzgerald of Portage, Ind., numerous nieces and nephews and other loving family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mac, son, Robert J. McDonald, her parents, three sisters; Esther Bivens, Verna Shaw and Joyce Stanfield, and two brothers; George Ramsay and Don Ramsay.

She was a retired Portage High School Bakery cook, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Portage. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother.

In lieu of flowers donations are asked to Visiting Nursing Association Foundation, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383-2520.

A memorial service for Phyllis will be Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage, Ind. A private interment will follow.

A memorial visitation will be held Friday, May 31, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until time of service, also at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, Portage.

For more information, please call Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel at (219) 762-3013 or online


Posted 5/30/2013