Mary A. Gill McDonald

John McDonald


January 1892 in Cleveland, Ohio


in Cleveland, Ohio

John Gill and Bridget Stanton



May 8th, 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio


December 2nd, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio

May 11th, 1982 at St. Malachi’s Church

Funeral Mass:


Calvary Cemetery


Calvary Cemetery



Our Lady of Good Counsel

Joe, John, Margaret, Tom, Helen, Theresa, Frank





Sept. 6th, 1915 at St. Malachi Church

 “MCDONALD, Mary Agnes (nee Gill), beloved wife of the late John, dear mother of Eileen Stanton and Mary Rizzo, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, sister of Theresa Knittel and the late Joseph, John, Margaret, Thomas, Helen McCafferty and Frank.  Funeral Mass St. Malachi’s Church, Tuesday, May 11 at 9:30 a. m.  Interment Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call at Berry’s Funeral Home, 7200 Detroit Ave., 3-5 and 7-9 on Monday.”

Obituary Notice:

“MCDONALD, John, beloved husband of Mary (nee Gill), father of Eileen Stanton and Mrs. Mary Rizzo, brother of Mrs. Helen Biechser.  Friends may call at Daniel L. Berry's Funeral Home 1411 W. 65.  Funeral notice later.”


Family Records



Eileen McDonald (b: 1918, m: Harold “Buddy” Stanton)

Mary McDonald (m: Jimmy Rizzo)


Marriage Records

Married September 6th, 1915 at St. Malachi Church witnessed by Fr. Thos. Mulligan.

The Person


Aunt Mary was born in January of 1892, the second child of John and Bridget Gill, and the eldest daughter. Mary and John had two children, both daughters: Eileen and Mary.  John was noted for driving a big car.  John died at a young age (December 2, 1944) and Aunt Mary was left to fend for herself (her daughters both married young; Eileen to Buddy Stanton and Mary to Jimmy Rizzo).  Aunt Mary held numerous jobs; cleaning at City Hall, clerk at Baileys and also at Higbees.  She was a very happy and positive person and a hard worker.  She was always very cheerful.

Everything was "beau-tee-ful" and "lovely".  Aunt Mary never wanted to quit working.  When she was in her 80's her boss "discovered" that she was over 65.  She liked everyone and everyone liked her.  She was the godmother of Fr. Bob.


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The Rizzo Connection

Mary Gill (daughter of John and Bridget Gill) married John McDonald.  The McDonalds's were cousins of the McCaffertys and are included in several of the photographs with the McCafferty children.  The McDonalds had 2 girls, Eileen (married Buddy Stanton), and Mary (married James Rizzo).  Mary and Jimmy had 2 children, Jimmy and Theresa.  Young Jimmy died tragically in 1945 at age six when he fell off a pier at Edgewater park and drowned.  Mary Rizzo died February 16th, 1993 and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.



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