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 Repak,
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.
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
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
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are with Sundquist Funeral Home.
in her memory may be made to St. Peter's Church, Lowville.
condolences should be sent to www.sundquistfh.com.
Information provided by Sundquist
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.