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Rose MacDonald, 98, of Midland, passed away at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center on Sunday, April 19, 2020.


The daughter of Frank and Clara (Valela) Sarvello was born on June 8, 1921 in Ishpeming, Michigan. Rose had been a professional hairdresser in her younger years, working with her sisters. She married Don MacDonald on September 18, 1948 in Ishpeming. She moved to Midland with her family in June of 1963. She was member of St. Brigid Catholic Church.


Rose was an avid cook and her meals were the highlight of many family celebrations. She was often called upon to lend needed cooking advice and to supply many delicious dishes on special occasions. Rose had the remarkable ability to captivate relatives and friends with her life stories, often humorous and filled with genuine sense of zeal.


Rose is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law David and Jean MacDonald of Midland and Jeffrey and Lorraine MacDonald of London, England. She was a loving grandmother to her three grandchildren Anna Kuivinen (Dave), Jillian MacDonald-Hammontree (Evan), and Scott MacDonald (Ellyn). Rose was a great grandmother to Teresa and Bennett Hammontree and Emily and Jane Kuivinen.


Rose was predeceased by her baby daughter Mary Anne, her husband Don, her parents, her four brothers (Bruno, Joe, Salvatore, and Frankie), and her four sisters (Marion Lundin, Mary DeCaire, Cecelia Valente, and Catherine Lucas).


Rose’s family would like to thank Heartland Hospice Care and the staff at Nottingham Place.


A private graveside service has taken place and a celebration of Rose’s life will take place at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Brigid Catholic Church.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the MacDonald family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com .

Condolence Messages

  1. Ann-Marie Martin

    02 May 2020 1 year ago

    I was sad to hear of Rose’s passing and am disappointed I won’t get to hear another story of hers when I visit Midland. She holds a very special place in my heart and I can still hear her voice as she said my name (loudly) and with such expression. If you knew Rose, you totally understand this as she was full of energy and zest and always had a laugh ready. I am so grateful for Don and Rose’s love and kindness to me during my young adulthood. I cherish the handwritten recipes from Don and still make the turkey dressing, ravioli, meatballs, casupe and pasties that I learned to make from them in their kitchen in Midland so many years ago. My sincere condolences go out to Jeff and Lorraine, Dave and Jean, and Anna, Jillian, and Scott and their husbands/wife and children.

  2. Darryl Sczepanski

    22 April 2020 1 year ago

    I was sad to read in today’s paper of Rose’s passing. Rose was my late mother, Shirley’s, very best friend. Growing up, Don and Rose were very close to my parents, Bernard and Shirley Sczepanski. I can’t remember a kinder, more down-to-earth couple as the MacDonald’s. Seemed like my Mother was always quoting Rose when she talked about cooking. Rose’s recipes and techniques were always “the best.” Rose was SO proud of her boys. Unfortunately, I could never live up to Dave’s basketball skills and his success as a coach. But I enjoyed hearing Rose’s stories and could feel the pride in her voice when she told them. I’m certain that Rose and Shirley (and Bernie and Don) are together again in a better place! What a reunion that must be!

  3. Steve Andriacchi

    22 April 2020 1 year ago

    I barely remember Rose if at all; but remember Dave well. My condolences to all family and friends.

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