Jane McDonald, a lifelong resident of the Green Ridge section of Scranton, died Wednesday in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa. in Scranton. She was the widow of Brigadier Gen. John E. McDonald. The couple had been married for 66 years.
Her given name was Veronica Genevieve Rita Hopkins, but everyone called her simply Jane. Born on Jan. 13, 1921, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Linn Hopkins. Jane was a graduate of the St. Mary of the Assumption School, class of 1938. She attended St. Clare's Church.
A gentle, honest and beautiful person, Jane loved her husband and children unconditionally. Her best friends were her three sisters who were lovingly known together as the "Fearsome Foursome." She enjoyed flowers, sunsets, whiskey sours, spending time on her front porch, watching her daughter's ballet performances and staying at the Langford Hotel in Winter Park, Fla., to be near her grandchildren. Always worried about her loved ones' safety, Jane's goodbye always included "be careful" and "don't drive too fast."
Surviving are a daughter, Linn McDonald and husband, Richard Senofonte, of Scranton; a son, John E. McDonald Jr. and wife, Marie, of Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Megan Pascoe McDonald and Lance Cpl. Patrick William John McDonald and wife, Kelli; a sister, Mary Hopkins Walsh; nieces and nephews.
Jane was also preceded in death by an infant daughter; brothers, Leonard and Walter Hopkins; and sisters, Rita Vanston and Louise Kilcullen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Clare's Church, 2301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Anyone planning on attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Monday, 5 to 7 p.m., at Vanston & James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave the family an online condolence, visit www.vanstonandjames.com