Donna McDermott

Donna McDermott

Wednesday, August 16th, 1922 - Saturday, May 15th, 2021
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McDERMOTT, Donna Theodora - Our beautiful Mom inside and out, Donna McDermott, was finally called to her Lord in her 99th year on May 15, 2021. Donna was born to Steve and Sophie Matwey in Kitchener, ON and was the oldest of 6 children. She grew up in Toronto and moved to Guelph in her later teens, where she met the love of her life, John (Mac) McDermott. They married in 1946 and eventually had 6 children.

Mom loved to garden and worked at Sears for over 30 years, where she was known for outfitting young kids with their first pair of shoes. She loved to play Bridge and sing and was a member of the Silvertones Choir Group.

Mom and Dad loved to dance. They Square danced and Round danced for many years, and were the best couple on the dance floor when it came to waltzing. They taught us kids to dance with Polka parties in the living room. Mom took up lawn bowling with Dad once they both retired, and then started line dancing which she continued into her 90's. We all hope she is once again dancing with Dad. They loved to travel and had trips to Italy, where visiting the Vatican was the highlight of that trip, to Portugal, Britain, an Alaskan Cruise and annual trips to Alberta and B.C. to visit their Western kids and grandkids.

Mom was a devout Catholic and lived a good Christian life. She was a founding member of St. Joseph's Church and the CWL. She volunteered at St Joseph's Home and Birth Right. The McDermott house was always open to our friends and family where she shared her love of food and cooking - pierogies being one of the favourites! Mom always said that it didn't matter how noisy the house was, as long as it was happy noise!

Donna is survived by her children Marianne, Janet (Chuck), Steve, Peggy (David), daughter-in-law Sue; grandchildren Sara (Mike), John, Jake (Sarah), Katie (Chris), James, Ryan (Alicia), Ben, and her 10 Great Grandchildren. She was a part of many of our friends' lives and is also survived by special friend and our brother in spirit Paul Valeriote and his wife Janetta. She is predeceased by her husband John, her sons Rob and Rick, her son-in-law Ron, daughter-in-law Verna, her parents and 5 siblings.
We would like to thank those at the Ellington, Riverside Glen and St. Joseph's Health Centre for their care and support of our mom in her final years.

A small private Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at St. Joseph's Church followed by interment at Marymount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St Joseph's Health Centre or to a charity of your choice. Online donations and condolences can be made at
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 1:00pm
    St. Joseph's Church
    409 Paisley Rd.
    Guelph, ON N1H 2R4
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Bergsma
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
    Marymount Cemetery
    5400 Hwy. 6 N.,
    Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION, GUELPH.


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Ann Sanders

Posted at 10:02pm
I recall many happy evenings of square dancing with Donna and John as members of the MerriEights club. My condolences to the family.

Joanna Purdie

Posted at 06:31am
Peggy and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mum. You are all in my thoughts. Joanna RDH (Dr Ruparelia's office)

Linda Carey

Posted at 07:36pm
Dear Peggy, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom to your entire family. I remember growing up n visiting the Paisley st home, your mom n CWL events and my mom speaking fondly of Donna. May she Rest In Peace. Linda Carey

Renee Kennedy

Posted at 10:21pm
To the McDermott family, our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your mother, mother-in-law, grand mother and great grand mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Even though you cannot be together physically tomorrow, you will all celebrate her life in your own way until you can all be in one place to celebrate it together. Big virtual hugs to all. Love Scott and Renee. Xoxo

Paulette Korga

Posted at 02:25pm
Dear Peggy, Dave, Marianne, Janet, Chuck, Steve, Sue and family
Thinking of you all and sharing in your sadness as you remember your mom and grandmother. One of my favourite memories was eating all those fresh pierogis, but then your mom would make Borscht soup and make Peggy and I eat it. I don’t think I have ate Borscht soup since Paisley Street. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Paulette & Attila

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