Emily McDonald

January 18, 1941 - August 28, 2020

Emily A. McDonald passed away August 28th at the age of 79. She is the loving wife of Bob for 50 years; devoted mother of Rob (Johanna), Mike, and Mark (Staci); cherished grandmother of Jacob, Avery, Brendan, Leah, Dominic, Luke, and Angelina; and dear sister of Robert (Denise) Fracchia.

Emilia Antonia was born on January 18, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan to Angelina and Pierino Fracchia. She graduated from Cooley High School and went onto attend Michigan State University from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Upon graduation, Emily became employed with Ford Motor Company as an administrative assistant. In 1968, Emily met Robert McDonald while he worked for General Motors Photographic. The two dated, often attending Detroit Tigers games, before tying the knot in 1969. Soon after the happy couple was blessed with their three children: Rob, Mike, and Mark.

Emily was a wonderful mother, caring and kind. She was an active ‘hockey’ mom, always looking forward to attending the next event. She was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess, rejoicing in family gatherings and holidays. Emily loved to read and was a Detroit sports fanatic.  She always knew the starting lineup, trade rumors, standings, contract details, and nearly all the other stats about her favorite players.

As her children grew, Emily found herself working in finance as a legal assistant for Bank of America. Following retirement, Emily’s grandchildren became her main focus. Witnessing their sporting and school events was her priority. Retirement also gave Emily and Bob the opportunity to travel, frequenting Florida to visit their family and taking trips to Italy to explore her homeland. 

Emily was deeply devoted to her loved ones. May her loving spirit live on in the hearts of her adoring family and friends.

Emily’s family will receive friends on Thursday, September 3rd beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of her Memorial Service at 12 p.m. at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in her name.

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