|Ann MacDonald Passes|
Carolyn Ann MacDonald, 93, died peacefully in her Saginaw home on June 12th while surrounded by her children. Born July 26, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Eugene & Jessie Webb, she was one of five sisters who grew up in the heyday of Detroit. She spent her summers on Hickory Island at the family cottage. Ann received her formal education at LaSalle Junior College, Boston.
In 1944, Ann met the love of her life, Kenneth Hugh MacDonald, at a chance meeting at the bridge table. After a four month courtship they were married. Ann and her husband raised their seven children in Ann Arbor Michigan until they purchased their flagship radio station WSAM Saginaw, in 1963. Their broadcasting company would expand to include radio stations in Lansing, Cadillac, Traverse City and Petoskey. Ann was instrumental in the success of of the radio stations and served as music director for WSAM in the 1960’s and 70’s. Her passion for the business ranged from captaining the inaugural homemade raft down the Saginaw River in the WSAM Raft Race to serving on the Foundation Board for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters later in her career.
Ann’s many charitable contributions were particularly focused on special needs individuals in Saginaw County. Ann was the driving force behind “Love Affair”, an annual fundraiser benefiting the mentally and physically challenged. In addition, she was instrumental in the establishment of “The Junction”, a restaurant in which patrons are served by adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment.
For the past thirty years, Ann spent her summers at Walloon Lake and her winters in both Tarpon Springs and Naples, Florida. She was involved in tennis, golf, bridge and numerous social activities at the Saginaw Country Club, the Saginaw Club, Walloon Lake Country Club, Petoskey Bay View Country Club, Innisbrook in Tarpon Springs, and Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Florida.
In addition to being a great bridge player, Ann was a voracious reader, and loved music and live theater. Beyond her broadcasting career, children, and philanthropy, Ann will be remembered for her love for socializing with dear friends, quick-witted comebacks, and the generous spirit embodied by the sign that hung at her Walloon Lake cottage, “There’s always room for one more.”
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Hugh MacDonald, her four sisters Virginia (Ginnie) Jack Tompkins, Dorothy (Stuart) Hoffman, Betty (Eugene) Wood, and Edith (Eugene) Pfaff, her brother Wendall who died from a childhood disease, and her son-in-law John Wilson. She leaves behind seven children, Carolyn Ann “DeeDee” (John) Wilson, Kathy (Terry) Kasiborski, Kenneth Hugh “Mac” Jr (Deirdre), Josie (Bill) Doherty, Trish (Jack) Garber, Andrew MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth MacDonald and fifteen grandchildren Kevin (Kate) Kasiborski, Brian (Natalie) Kasiborski, Michael (Kat) Kasiborski, Devin MacDonald, Mairin (Jack) Watson, MacKenzie MacDonald and Maeve MacDonald, Becca (Bill) Flack, Bill Doherty, Andrew Doherty and Tim Doherty, Tad Garber, Peter (Sarah) Garber, Joey Garber and Mason MacDonald. She was also blessed with twelve great grandchildren, Matthew and Lauren Kasiborski, Connor, Blake and Quinn Kasiborski, Kylee, Brennan, Evan and Austin Flack, John Watson, Rowan Doherty and Bianca Kasiborski. Lastly, Ann leaves behind her beloved dog Emmet.
The family wishes to also thank loving care givers Meghan Richter (Primrose), Jessica VanGuilder, Bethany Wright and Renae Elwood.
There will be a visitation at the Diesler Funeral Home on Monday, June 19th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be on Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m., at Saint Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw. Those wishing to meet with the family may gather at 10a at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Saginaw County Foundation KH MacDonald Scholarship Fund or to the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Young Americans Fund.