Obituary – Marge McDonald

Last Updated on November 27th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

Marge McDonald, age 92, of Princeton died on Saturday at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. She was born March 12, 1925, in Manlius, to Glenn Balla and Mabel (Carlson) Balla. She married Bernard “Mac” McDonald in 1954, celebrating 23 years of marriage prior to his death in 1978. In 1990, she married Clifford Johnson. They celebrated 22 years of marriage prior to his death in 2012.

After graduating from Sheffield High School in 1943, she, along with her parents, owned and operated The Bright Spot Restaurant on Main Street in Princeton. Following that she owned Marge’s Grocery in Princeton for 27 years. When she sold the grocery store in 1978, she began working at Bureau County Farm Service until retiring at the age of 75.

She was a member of Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton for over 50 years. She was an active member of Order of the Eastern Star for many years. She volunteered as a Gold Coat at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton for over 15 years until the age of 91.

She is survived by her daughters, Lindy McDonald of Peoria and Lisa Etheridge of Bloomington; two stepchildren, Linda Meyer of Colo., and Keith Johnson of Colo.; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be directed to Hampshire Colony Congregational Church or Perry Memorial Hospital.

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