Mary Magdalen Donovan

Tawas City, Michigan and formerly of Oscoda, Michigan
July 21, 1937 - October 28, 2019


Holy Family Catholic Church
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Thursday, October 31, 2019
11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

On October 28,2019, Mary Donovan passed away at Iosco County Medical Care Facility in Tawas City, Michigan.
Mary Magdalen Donovan was born on July 21, 1937 in Cheboygan Michigan, the third child of Alfred Donovan and Ethel Donovan Sarazin. Mary’s elementary classes began in one-room school houses in Aloha and Grant Townships. She attended 8th grade in town, riding the bus with her sister Jean. The Donovan family moved to Oscoda in the summer of 1951 when Mr. Donovan became manager at Cedar Lake Ranch. Mary attended 9th grade at Oscoda High. Her last three years of high school were at Marywood Academy in Grand Rapids. After graduation, she returned to Cheboygan for a year to attend County Normal and then began teaching at Immaculate Conception in Traverse City. Mary continued her studies at Mercy College Detroit where she received her Bachelors in Education and then accepted a teaching position in Oscoda and taught Elementary classes until her retirement. Mary has been an active member of Sacred Heart Parish Oscoda and Holy Family East Tawas. She has also been an active member of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs of Oscoda as well as the Right To Life. Mary loved golfing and was also an avid knitter of hats. She is survived by four sisters - Grace Rowley, Gladwin; Jean (Buck) Pavlik, Twining; Patricia Ozybko, Rochester Hills; Edith Blust, East Tawas. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, especially John and Sherri Pavlik who lovingly provided care for Mary. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Donovan and Ethel Donovan Sarazin, her brothers John, Tim, and Patrick, a sister Noreen Caraway, her sister-in-law Diane Donovan, and her brothers-in-law George Rowley, Ken Blust, and Ron Ozybko.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church. The family will welcome friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.
Those wishing to express their sympathies are encouraged to consider a memorial contribution to either Holy Family Catholic School or Right to Life.


Holy Family Catholic School
Right to Life


St. Francis Cemetery ~ Cheboygan, Michigan


Aunt Mary, You will be greatly missed. But I know you are at peace and with your family in heaven. Thank you for all of the times we had with you as we grew up. Love your niece, Karen
— Karen Pavik Riley
Pat, I am so sorry for your loss... I am certain she was a fabulous lady, just like you!
Love and hugs
— Rickie Wolfe
I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family 💔🙏🙏🙏
— Brenda Sepanak (Welton)
I knew Mary as a teacher and friend in the Oscoda School System. Since we were both originally from Cheboygan, we always found plenty of things to talk about. Even after her retirement Mary volunteered at Cedar Lake Elementary. She would do countless little jobs for us. She enjoyed interacting with the children in the hallways and helped reinforce the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. I enjoyed running into her at Wal-Mart and visiting with her. I will miss her.
— Barb Malenfant
Aunt Mary, even though we didn’t get to spend much time together, due to distance, I enjoyed our visits in Michigan and when you would pass thru GA with Grandma on the way to Florida. I’m sad you are gone but thankful you are not suffering anymore. Tell everyone in heaven hi for me. Especially my mom. RIP Aunt Mary. You will be missed but not forgotten.
— Harry, Kelli, Brayden, Hunter and Maison Caraway
Miss Donovan, thank you for the impact you had on countless young lives over the years you taught at Cedar Lake Elementary. Every time I was privileged to visit with you over the years was a special treat. May you rest in eternal peace.
— Greg Hunt
Ms Donovan was my 2nd grade teacher MANY years ago. I visited with her whenever I came home to Oscoda. She was tough, but I learned a lot from her that I now teach my own children. I will miss seeing you. May God bless you and comfort your family!
— Laura Snyder
Mary was a very kind and helpful person. We will be forever grateful for the help she gave us after our youngest child was born and our whole family was sick with flu. She was a fine teacher and a good colleague. Mary will be rewarded in Heaven.
— Roby and Ramona Deese
So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Aunt Grace,Jean,Pat,Edith thoughts and prayers forAunt Mary as I knew her.
— Kenny Deshaw
We are so sorry for the loss of your sister, Pat. Your memories of sisterhood together will be treasured!
— Diane and Joe Masternick

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