There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave., Norwalk.
She was born Nov. 12, 1953, in New Rochelle, one of five children of the late John Henry and Jennie Palumbo Gailhard of New Rochelle. She was an attorney and partner in the law firm of Pogostin & Gailhard in New Rochelle, where she served the entire community for many years.
McDonald is survived by her husband, Christopher McDonald; and her children, Lauren, of Queens, and Johnny, of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Janet Magee, and her husband, Chris, of Simsbury, Conn. and Nantucket, Mass.; a brother, John Gailhard of Odenton, Md.; a sister, Joyce Moses, and her husband, Brad, of Raleigh, N.C.; and a brother, Jim Gailhard, and his wife, Debbie, of Deming, N.M.; additional sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law are John and Fredda McDonald of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Susan and Rick Luciano and Karen and Bill Hutchinson, all of Warwick, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org to help promote and fund further FTD research.
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