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Nov. 23, 1928 – July 28, 2014

Janet MacDonald, of Kenmore, a private practice attorney in estates and real estate, died Monday in Sisters Hospital after a short illness. She was 85.

Born Janet McFarland in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1946. She studied American history and political science at the University of Buffalo and was one of two women to graduate from the UB Law School in 1953. She was a member of the Law Review and Sigma Kappa sorority.

“She was a trailblazer,” said her daughter Janet.

After graduation, Mrs. MacDonald joined the law firm Little & Burt. She met Charles G. MacDonald at a party, and they were married in 1958.

They moved to Huntsville, Ala., where he was an instructor at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal, but returned to Buffalo in 1960.

Mr. MacDonald died in 1986.

Mrs. MacDonald ran a law practice in her Kenmore home while raising five children. She had offices on Delaware Avenue in the 1980s and retired in 2001.

She was active in Democratic Party politics in Kenmore serving as a committeewoman and twice ran for village justice. She was a member of the University Club and “Gott’s Tots,” a group of Lafayette classmates who met monthly.

Mrs. MacDonald enjoyed gardening, watercolor painting, traveling and raising dogs.

She is survived by three daughters, Jean Sinopoli, Janet C. and Ellen G., and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.