Jeanette Clara (Hartman) Donovan

Jeanette Clara (Hartman) Donovan, 91, of Le Sueur, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Comfort Residence in Le Sueur.

Jeanette Clara (Hartman) Donovan, 91, of Le Sueur, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Comfort Residence in Le Sueur.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, November 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Le Sueur. C.C.W. Rosary will be at 3:45 p.m. followed with a visitation from 4-7 p.m, Tuesday, November 12 at Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning, at the funeral home from 9-10:45 a.m.  Burial will take place following Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Le Sueur. Lunch to follow burial at St. Anne’s School in Le Sueur. Fr. Chris Shofner, Fr. Kenneth O’Hotto and Fr. George Grafsky will celebrate the Mass.
Jeanette was born February 9, 1928 on the family farm outside of St. Benedict, Scott Co., to Phillip and Veronica (Schommer) Hartman. She was the middle child of nine children.
Jeanette was baptized at the St. Benedict Catholic Church and attended St. John Catholic School in Jordan while helping on the family farm. She graduated with honors from the Jordan High School in 1946. After high school she provided childcare for her sister before moving to Belle Plaine with her family where she worked at Hahn’s Department Store.
Jeanette married Marty J. Donovan on November 22, 1947 at St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in Belle Plaine before moving to Le Sueur in 1949 when Marty started work for the Green Giant Co. Jeanette worked at Baldwin Hardware, Osborn Labs, Investors Drilling, Inc. and for Dr. Ivan Osborn, DVM in addition to being an active homemaker and volunteer. They were happily married for 52 years before Marty died in 1999.
Volunteering was a way of life for Jeanette. She was very involved with St. Anne’s Catholic Church and School, Gardenview Nursing Home, and Minnesota Valley Hospital. She received numerous awards for her work as a Boy and Girl Scout Leader, Archdiocese of St. Paul service, and was selected as the Senior Citizen representative for LeSueur Co at the MN State Fair in 2000. Jeanette was elected the first woman president of the Le Sueur Country Club.
She was a long time member of the St. Anne’s Church Choir, St. Anne’s Council of Catholic Women, Catholic Aid Association, Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Minnesota Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and Ancient Order of Hibernians Women’s Auxiliary.
Jeanette enjoyed music especially playing piano and singing, bowling, golf, cards especially bridge, Bingo, gardening, cooking and researching family history. She enjoyed attending school and sporting activities of her children and grandchildren. Family vacations at the lake and holiday and other gathers at home and the Donovan farm were special events. She thoroughly enjoyed family reunions and extended family gatherings.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband; son, Gregory Donovan; infant grandson; parents; sisters, Irene (Neil) Eischens, Dorothy (Bob) Solheim, Luella (Roger) Olson, Phyllis (Russ) Harmeyer; brothers, Ray, Gilbert, Urban, and Larry Hartman; in-laws, Joe, Rose, and Anne Donovan; and nieces and nephews.
Left with loving memories are children, Gary (Joan) Donovan of Morris, Mary (Rick) Perkins of Le Sueur, and Tim Donovan of Le Sueur; daughter-in-law, Sharon Donovan of Shorewood; grandchildren, Jason and Karin Perkins, Ryan (Melissa) Donovan, Alison (Dan) Ross, Dr. Elizabeth (Eric) Meichsner, Jessica (Kyle) Matheson, and Kelly (Matt) Olive; and 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Betty Hartman, Marydale Hartman, and Carol Hartman; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Anne’s Patron’s Endowment, Pancreatic Action Cancer, or the Recreation/ Activities Department at Ridgeview Nursing and Rehab-LeSueur.
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