Joan Donovan

Joan Parks Donovan

February 25, 1932 - March 31, 2020
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Joan Parks Donovan, 88, passed away peacefully on March 31 at home surrounded by love. Born on February 25, 1932 in North East, PA to the late Marion and Raymond Parks, Joan graduated from North East High School in 1950, attended Grove City College and completed her education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 1955 where she received a BS degree in nursing. After graduation she worked as a Visiting Nurse in the Cleveland medical system for three years until she met her future husband at a friend’s wedding. In 1958 Joan married Daniel E. Donovan of Hershey, PA, a Naval Officer serving on a submarine based in New London, CT. They traveled and moved frequently during Dan’s 28-year naval career until he retired in 1985 and they settled in the Gingerville Community in Edgewater, MD. In 2016 Joan and Dan re-located to the BayWoods Retirement Community in Annapolis, MD. Joan loved her family and friends, visits with her grandchildren, antiques, flower gardens, music and sports. She was active in Garden Club events and a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Dan; her three children; Capt. Daniel G. (Janet) Donovan, USN, Ret. of Camp Hill, PA; Patrick E. (Jody) Donovan of Panama City Beach, FL.; Elizabeth D. (Keith) Sappington of Riva, MD; her sister Janet (Jack) Hetherington of Phoenix, AZ; her eight grandchildren; Kate (Steven) McCord, Jackie (Kyle) Sullivan, Bridget, Molly, Meredith and Mia Grace Donovan, Anna and James Sappington; and her niece, Carrie (Alan) Lockuff of Cornelius, NC. She was preceded in death by her older sister, Jean Parks and her granddaughter, Megan Dorothy Donovan. Memorial services to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or Condolences may be made by using the Memory Wall link on this page.
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Jessica Raspa

Posted at 12:08pm
Dan and Joan were the most wonderful neighbors when we first moved to Gingerville. Since they had two sons and a daughter, they shared great advice to us, a young couple with two sons and a daughter.
I will never forget when we were building our home our sons had dirt battles on the mounds of dirt dug for the foundation. When the yard was finally being leveled and the dirt piles plowed down, Joan walked over and said she was disappointed to see the dirt piles go since our boys were having so much fun. What neighbor would ever want to look at dirt piles because the children were having fun? Joan Donovan.
When our daughter would collect their mail when Joan and Dan were away, she couldn’t wait to take the mail over to them upon their return. When our daughter would stay for more than an hour I would ask what took so long. She would say, “Mr. and Mrs. Donovan asked me what was happening in my life and I told them. They were really interested.”
We were blessed to have the Donovans as neighbors for 30 years.
Much love, Dan and Jessica Raspa

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