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Martha E.

On October 21, 2020, Martha E. (Hale) McDonald-Swan passed away surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren as they sang to her in her home in Franklin, WI.


Born in 1950 in Bridgeport, CT she grew up in Park Ridge, IL. Martha received a Bachelors of Science in Business, Marketing and Advertising from Indiana University in 1972 in Indianapolis, IN. For more than 20 years, she was an entrepreneur who founded and piloted Swan Enterprises, a full service advertising agency, as well as B&B MidWest Reservations providing a bed and breakfast reservation service that she started while living in Hoffman Estates, IL. While living in Columbus, IN she also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster system.


Martha brought joy to others through music at Maine South HS, IU Singing Hoosiers, Evansville Sweet Adelines, and through solo performances. She was the Director of the Newburg UMC church choir while she lived in Evansville, IN and then later the Director of The Grand Dominion Singers while she lived in Mundelein, IL. She was also passionate about travel, cooking, family traditions, gardening, and painting.


Martha is survived by her husband Martin Swan; her children David McDonald and Christine Keller from Martha’s first marriage to Bruce McDonald; and her grandsons Elliot and Wesley. They invite you to join them for a remote memorial service to celebrate her life on Friday, November 6th at 7pm CT

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the food pantry she volunteered with and is run by her daughter at Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston, MA:


  1. Susan Kronowitz October 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Martha’s passing . She joined our art class while living in Mundelein at Del Webb. Martha was an accomplished painter!
    Susan Kronowitz

  2. Lona Chiarello October 25, 2020 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about our dear friend, who we enjoyed associating with. Love to her family. She will be dearly missed. Love Rich & Lona

  3. Helen Roberts October 25, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Martha’s passing. She was a very accomplished woman, of many talents. We at Grand Domimion enjoyed her Musical concerts that she directed and I always enjoyed golfing with her in our LadiesGolf group. She will be so missed.
    My deepest sympathies to her family.
    Helen Roberts

  4. Kevin McAllen December 11, 2020 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Just stumbled onto this. Am stunned to hear.
    I worked with Martha at a Schaumburg
    agency when she first returned to the Chicago area.
    Absolutely wonderful gal.

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