McDONNELL - Grace Audrey, age 7, born on November 4, 2005, beloved and cherished daughter of Christopher and Lynn Zapf McDonnell of Sandy Hook, died tragically on December 14, 2012 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. A beautiful and artistic soul, Grace was truly a gift from God and represented all that is good in this world. She was passionate about painting, and she loved the beach. Grace's dream was to become a painter and live on Martha's Vineyard. In addition to her parents, Grace is survived by her big brother Jack Sheridan McDonnell of Sandy Hook; maternal grandparents Frederick and Sheila Dunn Zapf of Stony Brook, NY; paternal grandmother Mary Ann Gorbutt McDonnell of Shelton and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Grace was predeceased by her paternal grandfather Lawrence P. McDonnell and her namesake, maternal great-grandmother Audrey Dunn Franz. Family and friends may call on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. at the St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Rd., Newtown. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Rose of Lima Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider making a donation to the Grace Memorial fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation. If you choose to do so, please make your check payable to "Grace McDonnell Memorial Fund at FCCF" and mail it to Fairfield County Community Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Published in Newsday on Dec. 19, 2012