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Biruta N. McDonald

Biruta N. McDonald, 75, for fifty-two years the beloved wife of Donald E. McDonald of Ipswich, died peacefully Saturday evening August 28, 2010, after a valiant fight with a long illness. Biruta was at home at time of her passing, and by her side were her husband, two sons, Mark and Craig, along with Craig's fiancée, Debbi (Bernard) Clemenzi.

Born in Talsi, Latvia, Biruta was the loving daughter of Herberts and Minna Briedis. Biruta and her family were forced to leave their homeland in 1943 to flee the invading Russian army. The war years were spent in various parts of Germany and Czechoslovakia, until the family, along with other refugees, was liberated by the American Army in 1944. In 1951, Biruta's family immigrated to Manlius, NY, where she attended public school and later Syracuse University's Crouse College of Art, later Biruta proudly studied at Monserrat School of Art. Her paintings are displayed in various galleries in the Northeast and have been the recipient of many awards. Biruta was also a very active and long-time member of the Chorus of the North Shore.

In addition to her husband and sons, Biruta is also survived by six sisters, Dzidra Terpstra, Rasma Martinez, Ausma Baxter, and Liga Wood, of Manlius, NY; Maruta Basset of Syracuse, NY, and Aija Day of Prescott, AZ; three brothers, Ilgvars and Janis (John) Briedis of Manlius, NY, and Juris (George) Briedis of Newborn, GA; six granddaughters, Kirsten, Claire, and Lily McDonald of Boxford, MA; Rebekah Field of Ipswich; Renee and Brenda McDonald of Yarmouth, MA; one great grandson, Rueben Field of Ipswich, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Ojars Briedis, formerly of Manlius. 

A Memorial Service will be held 11 am on Saturday September 11 at the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Friday evening September10 from 5 pm to 8pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St, Suite B102, Danvers, MA or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 44 Binney St. Boston, MA 02115.

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