Martha McDonald

April 4, 2013 

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  ó  Martha Repak McDonald, 89, Lowville, passed away Thursday, April 4, at Lewis County General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in the town of Montague to Harry and Mary Repa
k, she attended country schools until high school when she attended and graduated from Lowville Academy. 

She married Gordon McDonald at St Mary's Church in Copenhagen with the Rev. Dennis Lynch officiating, and together they raised four children in Lowville. 

In her younger days she actively participated in the Gardnerís Cornerís Youth Grange, where she was a youth leader. Later, she was a devoted mother and homemaker, assisting in a variety of school, community and church activities in support of her children. 

Married to Gordon for over 60 years, she and he were inseparable until his death in 2010.

Mrs. McDonald loved reading, especially historical non-fiction, and visiting historical sites. 

Another favorite pastime was taking leisurely rides with family members to enjoy the scenery and the sounds of the Lewis County countryside. Those rides brought back fond memories of her childhood and her Repak heritage. 

She especially enjoyed spending time with and hearing about her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She was a regular communicant at St. Peterís Church.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne F. McDonald and his wife, Christina, Kingston, N.Y., and Alan J. McDonald and his wife, Wendy, Southborough, Mass.; and two daughters, Karen Reape, and her husband Raymond, of Castorland, New York; and Jane C. McDonald, and her husband, Dr. Arthur Siegel, of Lincoln, Massachusetts. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ann and James McDonald; Kathleen Noftsier, Brian and John Reape; and Molly, Betsy and Timothy McDonald; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Eva Millard; Madeline Pitcher, Katherine Bernat, and Irene Lehman, and one brother, John Repak and his wife Josephine. As well she had many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her husband, Gordon, she was also predeceased by four sisters, Mary (Doviak), Helen (Toth), Anna (Petrus), and Alice (Chambers); and one brother, Nicholas Repak. A third brother, Anthony Repak, died at birth. 

Martha will be remembered by her family as a wonderful wife and mother.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. 

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with Sundquist Funeral Home.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Peter's Church, Lowville.

Online condolences should be sent to

Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.