Paulette McDonald had a zest for life. She loved to shop, loved to party and loved to spend time with family and friends.
“She was stunningly beautiful, charming and very fashionable,” said her fiancé, Mike Kasprzak.
Paulette J. McDonald, 61, of Griffith, died Sept. 21. She worked as a dental assistant for many years, until a traumatic brain injury in 1998. She also had worked part-time at The Gap.
Although she never had children of her own, she loved her nieces, nephews and godchildren.
She had a beautiful smile and a heart of gold.
“Aunt Paulette was a great influence in my life each and every day in some way,” said her goddaughter, Wendy Capellari. “She was especially good to her nieces and nephews.”
She loved her dogs, Jake, Zeke and Benny. She loved watching the Bears, and loved going to Bulls and Cubs games.
She loved planning vacations to college towns, including Tucson, Ariz., Bloomington and Madison, Wis., her fiancé said.
She was proud of her impeccable housekeeping skills.
She loved to dance, loved going to concerts, and loved music, and despite her brain injury she could still sing along with her favorite songs, Kasprzak said.
“Before the accident, she wasn’t shy about singing or dancing to her favorite music,” he said. “Even after the brain damage, she had an uncanny memory for songs.”
Kasprzak said he will never stop missing his fiancée.
“I loved her very much, and I ache inside without her,” he said.