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Marianne MacDonald

Marianne "Mimi" MacDonald (Rieder)

Saturday, September 23rd, 1939 - Saturday, April 10th, 2021
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Marianne “Mimi” (Rieder) MacDonald, age 81, of Wilson Pt. Rd. Canastota, NY, passed away on Saturday April 10, 2021. After a lengthy illness, she took her last breath in her home on Oneida Lake, her Happy Place, surrounded by the love of her family. Marianne came to the United States from Germany in 1956 with her mother, Alberta Johanna Harrssowitz (deceased); brother, Jerry (Claudia) Rieder of North Carolina, and resided in Oneida, NY. She married Allan MacDonald (deceased, 2012) and raised her family in Syracuse, NY. Marianne was an inspiring mother, teacher, friend and Mimi to four children and 7 grandchildren: Lori Garbinsky (MacDonald) of Minoa, NY, children, Zac and Cassie; Sharon (Andrew) Spencer (MacDonald) of Pittsford, NY, children, Liana, Amanda and Scott; Scott MacDonald of Brewerton, NY; Allana (Jim) Lazeroff (MacDonald) of Penfield, NY, children, Tyler and Jonathon. Marianne was blessed to share her later years with loving partner Harlan Moonen of Verona, NY.
Marianne had a kind and giving spirit which, she shared with the world in many ways. She shared her love of art as a docent at the Everson Museum. As a teachers’ aide she shared her passion for learning and knowledge with elementary school children in the ESM school district. As a mother, friend and neighbor, she joyfully shared her passion for nature, spirituality, quilting, gardening, yoga, cooking, and baking.
Marianne welcomed people into her life with open arms and an open heart. She volunteered her time and energy in many capacities: from spiritual and healing groups and leading Girl Scouts, to nourishing ailing friends with her healing cooking and beautiful homemade cards. She was truly an amazing woman who was loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.
Family and close friends will celebrate her life in a private gathering. Contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of Central New York 990 7th North St. Liverpool, NY 13088.
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Lisa Cosimeno Zurek

Posted at 03:21pm
I am so sad to hear of Marianne's passing. I met her though her neighbors at the lake and I enjoyed every minute I got to spend with her. We connected right away through our love of gardening, making vinegars, canning and beautiful flowers. We had great conversations, I am going to miss my special friend when I go to visit at the lake. Thoughts and prayers to all. Lisa Zurek
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Sara Malgieri

Posted at 01:29pm
So sad to hear your Mom, "Mrs. MacDonald", has passed; an ageless woman who knew the true power of faith and love and the ability to find it within yourself. You are all blessed to share her wonderful traits. Best in the year ahead. xo Sara
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Lisa & Leo

Posted at 12:06pm
Our sincerest condolences at this difficult time. Your mother was a beautiful, welcoming and friendly soul. I will always remember her at the lake and gatherings with friends and family. She welcomed us all and spoiled us with her cooking and desserts. She was an amazing lady and will be greatly missed. xoxo Love, Leo & Lisa Visconti
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Phyllis A Eckler

Posted at 10:54am
I am very saddened to hear of Marianne's illness and passing. . Our friendship goes back many years when our husband's worked together . Events at the lake are remembered fondly and later when it became their permanent home. My sincere condolences to all of the family at this sad time . Know that the happiness and kindness that your Mom passed along to all that knew her will always be remembered . With love and prayers. Phyl Eckler
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Gena Rumbel

Posted at 10:53am
My deepest condolences, Lori and family. She knew she was loved, and you took wonderful care of her.
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