In Memoriam

Lillian Patricia Canjar McDonald




Lillian Patricia (Pat ) Canjar McDonald entered eternal life on Thursday June 23, at the Bortz Nursing Home in Petoskey Michigan. 


She was born on March 14, 1932 in Pittsburgh, PA to Robert M McWade III and Lillian (Billy) Sidenstricker. She attended high school  at Xavier Academy in Latrobe PA, and attended college at Mount Mercy (now Carlow College) outside of Pittsburgh.  In 1951 she married Lawrence Canjar, doctor of Chemical Engineering and later  Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering and Science at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University).    They had one son, R. Michael Canjar, who was born in September 1953.  He currently has a Ph.D. in Mathematics and is  Professor of Mathematics at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM).


The family moved to Detroit in 1965, when Lawrence was appointed Dean of Engineering at the University of Detroit (UD, now UDM).  He preceded her into eternal life 1972 after suffering a heart attack. 


In 1977 she married (and is survived by) James M McDonald , Employee Assistance Director at Cadillac Motor Company.


In 1975 she received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from UD.  She practiced her profession in the Detroit area until her retirement in 1994.  After her husband James’ retirement in 1996, the couple relocated to Indian River, Michigan.


She was a past President of the UD Faculty Wives Club and of the Grandview Beach Association of Mullet Lake.   She was appointed by Governor Milliken to the state Fair Campaign Practices Committee.  She also served on the national committee of the  YWCA.  She is also a member of Who’s Who of American Women and a member of the Indian River Golf Club.  She was also active with the Victim Services Unit of  Cheboygan County. She loved Bridge, casinos, traveling and reading books on history and historical biographies.


She is also survived by her brother, Robert M McWade IV, his daughter  Chris Torres and a nephew Dr. David Reitze, Professor of Physics at the University of Florida.  Her sister, Mary Lou Reitze, preceded her into eternal life in April 2003.


There will be a viewing and memorial service at Lintz Funeral Home in Indian River in Northern Michigan, and also at Lynch Funeral Home in Clawson, outside of Detroit.  There will also be a memorial service at the University at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Coalition on Temporary Shelters (COTS), Capuchin Soup Kitchen, or the Canjar scholarship fund at the University of Detroit Mercy.





Funeral Information



Northern Michigan

There will be a viewing at the Lintz Funeral Home In Indian River Michigan

Sunday, June 26

Viewing                      4 – 7 PM  

 Memorial Service     7 PM. 

Lintz Funeral Home is located at 6038 Prospect Street, Indian River Michigan. Phone (231)-238-9377.


Detroit Area

Viewing and Services will be held at Lynch and Sons  Clawson Chapel  located at 1368 N Crooks Rd Clawson, MI 48017-1048.   Phone: (248) 435-0660 

Tuesday June 28      

Viewing :                    3 – 8 PM


                        Wednesday June 29

Viewing                      10-11 AM

                                                Mass                           11 AM

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