Dolores J. Bovinette

August 5, 1928October 17, 2020

Dolores J., nee Mandeville, Bovinette, 92, of Columbia, IL, born August 5, 1928 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away October 17, 2020 in Columbia, IL.

Mrs. Bovinette was a loving woman, caregiver, as well as an avid seamstress. In her free time she enjoyed playing bingo, doing puzzles, crossword puzzles, and watching her beloved St. Louis Cardinals. Dolores earned her GED in 1983 graduating the same year as her granddaughter Annette. She was an Avon lady for several years and because of her personal commitment and dedication, Dolores was an Avon President's Club Member. She loved selling Avon and made many friends along that journey. She always loved attending family events, especially her great grandson, Robert Bland's football games. At the age of 91, she attended his Triad High School graduation which was a proud moment for her. Mrs. Bovinette’s family appreciates the care provided by her friends, Janet Gruber and Janice.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Bovinette, Sr.; a son, Charles Bovinette, Jr.; a daughter, Gloria Jean Lecato; her parents, Herman and Teresa H., nee Murphy, Mandeville; a son-in-law, Ray Lecato; a brother, James Mandeville; and a sister, Shirley Mayfield.

Dolores is survived by a daughter, Susan “Suzie” Bovinette. Susan provided the love, care and attention to all her mother’s needs which allowed Dolores to remain in the comfort of her own home. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Annette (Steve) Bland of Troy, IL, Douglas (Kim) Lecato of Michigan, and Richard Bovinette of Michigan; 5 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Morgan, Ricky, Antonio, and Robert; 7 great-great grandchildren; and her dedicated neighbors, Scott Rachaels and Carol Helmkamp.

Condolences may be expressed online at Memorials are requested to Monroe County Helping Strays, 4221 Hanover, Columbia, IL 62236; Vitas Hospice, 8 Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, IL 62208; or to the American Legion Post #581, 375 E. Locust, Columbia, IL 62236.

Per Dolores’ wishes, cremation rites were accorded. A committal service will be held in the spring of 2021 at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.


  • Monroe County Helping Strays
  • American Legion Post #581
  • Vitas Hospice


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Susan Bovinette

October 21, 2020

The last Cardinals ballgame we went to, we had great seats 12 rows up on the third Baseline and out of the Clear Blue Sky it began pouring down rain in about the fifth inning I think anyhow we had a heck of a Time getting out of there and we were soaked. we got the ride the bus back to Fairview Heights all by ourselves and while we were riding he made a right turn and Mom's roller walker with sitting option went flying around in a big circle. What a day what a ride, we both laughed our heads off. I wish I could take you to another ballgame mom I love you and you are being missed every day. I know you're up in heaven with all of our family tell everybody hello and I'll see you soon.

Annette Bland

October 20, 2020

Where does one begin when you are loved by the best. She was a woman of Love, Charm, Integrity, and Genuine Kindness. I loved her with all my heart and happy that she is no longer suffering. I will greatly miss hugging her and talking with her, but happy she is with reunited with her family in heaven. I love you with all my heart Grandma and I will see you again one day.


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