Mary Agnes Corsair was born on 9/20/30 in East Hartford. She was the eighth of nine children born to David Corsair and Marie Augustine (Requier) Corsair. She was a bright student, skipped 2 grades and graduated from East Hartford High School in 1947. Mary was very close to her siblings, especially her sisters Janette, Catherine (Bee), Louise and Pauline. Mary’s first job was at the AETNA in Hartford, and then Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT. It was there she met William MacDonald who had just returned home from the Korean War. Bill always said he experienced “Love at First Sight” when he met Mary, and told a co-worker “I’m going to marry that girl.!” They dated, fell in love and married on May 1, 1954 at the Corsair family home on Linden Street, East Hartford. Their first child, Catherine was born on their first anniversary at Hartford Hospital, and two sons, David and Douglas soon followed. The family lived in South Windsor, then moved to East Hampton, CT in July, 1966.
Mary was a homemaker who created a wonderful place in which to grow up. She was a very loving mother and grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a devout Catholic and was a very involved parishioner and prayer warrior at St. Patrick’s Church in East Hampton. Mary taught catechism and was an active member in the Parish Guild, and other church groups. In retirement, Bill and Mary traveled the continental U.S. together visiting family and friends. Mary became ill in 2009 and was lovingly cared for at home by her husband Bill, and by a special family friend Karen Turney of East Hampton. Mary was loved and visited weekly by Sister Dominic, who would give her Holy Communion. Mary was also visited and cared for by friend and neighbor Diane Annelli .
Mary is survived by her husband William MacDonald of East Hampton, daughter Catherine Keinigs (Rhonald) of Radford, VA, son David (Joann) MacDonald of East Hampton, and Douglas (Karen) MacDonald of East Hampton. She was grandmother to Jason Keinigs (Tracy) of Folsom, CA, Michael MacDonald (Courtney) of Boston, MA, James MacDonald (Carlee) of East Hampton, Heather MacDonald of Naugatuck, and Brian MacDonald of East Hampton. She is great-grandmother to Taya, Niya and Jaima MacDonald of East Hampton.
A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday March 27th at 11:00AM in St. Patrick Church in East Hampton , with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.
A gathering in Mary’s honor will be planned for at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s memory to St. Patrick’s Church Guild in East Hampton. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.
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