Maria Rachelle (Ciavarella) MacDonald

Born: Thu., Dec. 24, 1959
Died: Fri., Mar. 22, 2019


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Mrs. Maria Rachelle (Ciavarella) MacDonald, 59 of Griswold, CT passed away, Friday March 22, 2019 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
  She was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on December 24, 1959, daughter of Josephine B. Ciavarella and Angelo Ciavarella. She attended North Adams Schools and graduated from Drury High School.
  Maria was the Practice Manager at Mansfield Pediatrics, Optum ProHealth in Mansfield, CT, and was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Norwich, CT.
   She leaves behind her husband of 34 years Glenn MacDonald, and her daughter Amanda MacDonald and Grandchildren. She also leaves behind Angelo Ciavarella her father, her sister, Tina Sparrow and her two nieces. She was predeceased by her mother Josephine B. Ciavarella and aunts Joan and Rita Aragose of North Adams, Massachusetts.
Private services are being held for her family with no calling hours. Her burial will be in South View           Cemetery North Adams, Massachusetts.
In leu of flowers, please consider a donation to the following:
American Heart Association
St. Jude Children’s Hospital
American Cancer Society
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Charitable donations may be made in Maria 's memory to the following organizations:

American Cancer Society
30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
Tel: 800 952 7430 x4712

American Heart Association
20 Speen St., Framingham, MA. 01701-4688
Tel: Tel: 800 662 1701

Cathedral of Saint Patrick
211 Broadway Norwich, CT 06360

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Tel: 901 495 3300

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Ray Hamilton
   Posted Mon April 01, 2019
Dear Glenn, Amanda, and the entire circle of Maria’s family and friends,

Glenn...this is beyond my imagination, but not beyond prayer. I am certain the Lord has the right answers, but I am just as certain that they often take a long time to produce any comfort and peace, so, in the interim, that will be my prayer for y’all!

Having lost both parents myself, I know, all too well, special loss! Understanding the hole left behind, regardless the inevitability or forewarning, pray this helps some wee allow...enable...the grief! And this grief will come...and linger; indulge it because it is is how God built reflects the measure of whom you’ve lost...and I know that’s much!

So truly sorry to hear about your wife, mother, friend. At least now she’s at peace with our Lord...definitely keepin’ y’all in our prayers!

When my mother died, even after a years-long battle with cancer, I was shattered by the loss...inconsolable...she was my mentor! I like to think that I got my character from my father, but my mind and its capacity from m’dear sainted mother!!! BUT, "If your faith assures you she's in heaven, then what are the tears all about?!?" I hold eternity dearly close...a cherished, hard-won prize...but, in the interim, that answer lies below.

(I Eulogize My Beloved Mother - March, 1989)

Today we cry...must admit they're selfish tears.
You see...our faith assures your journey's done.
But it's not for you we mourn, at all, my dear;
It's for those of us you've left behind...alone!!!

We share your joy...share your happiness at rest,
Your painful fears now for forever stilled.
You've fought the good fight, passed the final test,
But you've left behind a hole that can't be filled!!!

So, until we each rejoin you some someday,
And, while your memory buoys us through those years,
We'll miss you...but continue on our way,
And, from time to time, we'll cry our selfish tears!!!

My fond, sincerest condolences and prayers,
Ray Hamilton ~ March 19, 1989

kimberly boudreau brown
   Posted Tue April 02, 2019
This makes me so sad. Maria was always such a sweet person. I haven't seen her since high school. Much too soon and too young! My heartfelt sympathy to her entire family.

Antoinette Cariddi
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
I'm sending heartfelt condolences to Marias' family. With fond memories of her in CCD classes at St. Anthony's Parish. Classmate 77.

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