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Florence - Helen H. (Orechia) McDonald, 86, of South Main Street, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility.
Born in Northampton June 13, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Belle (Boudway) Orechia. Helen was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School.
She was a seamstress for many years and was a Girl Scout leader for 25 years. Helen was also a member of the Firemen's Auxiliary and a Communicant of Annunciation Church, now St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Her husband, Robert McDonald, passed away in 1999. She is survived by her son, James McDonald and his wife, Claire, of Moheagan Lake, N.Y.; her daughter, Patricia Forrest and her husband, William, of Florence; her sisters, Belle Himellman of Leeds and Jeanette Callander of Northampton; her two grandsons, Benjamin and William; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen's funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Annunciation Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 85 Beacon St., Florence. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the funeral from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Donations in Helen's memory may be made to
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 14, 2013