OBITUARY

Lois J. Donovan

July 1, 1931June 11, 2021

Lois J. Donovan

Lois J. Donovan, was living in St Clair Shores after being a longtime resident of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on June 11th, 2021. Born July 1st, 1931 in Detroit, MI, to Sante and Mary Janzito who predeceased her. Brothers Richard Janzito (Shirley) and Philip Janzito (Marie) also predeceased her.

Lois attended Wayne State University where she earned a bachelors degree and worked for the Harper Woods School District as an elementary school teacher. During this time in her life Lois met the love of her life, Richard C. Donovan at a party and were married six months later. Lois and Richard were happily married for over 59 years.

Lois was a devout Catholic. She taught catechism, was a eucharistic minister and for years belonged to the St Vincent DePaul Society at St Paul. Lois and Richard were known to spend weekends in the fall attending University of Notre Dame football games or hosting football parties in their home. Many summers were enjoyed with friends and relatives in Western Michigan at a cottage called Cherokee. Another great joy Lois had was taking her children when they were young to many interesting destinations. Lois was also an avid bridge player spending an afternoon or evening playing bridge with her husband and friends. She loved hosting dinner parties and her great joy was sharing a meal and having a cocktail with family and friends. All those who knew Lois often said that she was the most loving person and her smile would light up any room.

Survived by her loving husband Richard C. Donovan, and her two children, James Donovan and Mary Kay Golia (Antonio). Two grandchildren Margaret Golia and Antonio Golia, whom she just adored. Also survived by nieces and nephew, Linda Boger (Ron), Thomas Janzito, Barb Hockin (Gary), Susan Andre (Bob), Mary Beth Strohbeck, and Teri Donovan. Predeceased by niece Nancy Janzito.

A special acknowledgement and eternal thanks to caregivers Cassandra Robinson and Kimika Smith who lovingly and tirelessly cared for Lois and her family.

A funeral mass will be held at St Paul on the Lake Catholic Church 157 Lake Shore Rd in Grosse Pointe Farms on Saturday June 19th, 2021. Instate at 9:30am with mass following at 10:00am. The family suggests considering a donation to the St Vincent DePaul Society or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements are being made through A. H. Peters Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Survived by her loving husband Richard C. Donovan, and her two children, James Donovan and Mary Kay Golia (Antonio). Two grandchildren Margaret Golia and Antonio Golia, whom she just adored. Also survived by nieces and nephew, Linda Boger (Ron), Thomas Janzito, Barb Hockin (Gary), Susan Andre (Bob), Mary Beth Strohbeck, and Teri Donovan. Predeceased by niece Nancy Janzito.

Services

  • Instate

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Funeral Mass, St Paul on the Lake Catholic Church,

    Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Bleu Carter

June 15, 2021

Sending my love and condolences to the Donovan and Golia families. The kindness, compassion, humor, and genuine interest Mrs. Donovan took when she shared a conversation with me or anyone, for that matter, was always comforting. She was never pretentious. I especially appreciated her lighthearted nature; she had a sense of humor and could even laugh at herself. Her love and fond memory will endure in all who loved her.

Katie Kiker

June 14, 2021

My deepest and sincerest sympathies to the Donovan Family and the Golias. I remember coming over to the Stephens house many times throughout high school and there Lois was in the kitchen with a smile that lit the whole room up in her own beautiful way. Always offering a snack and drink before headed toward the pool! One of the sweetest memories I have was her infectious laugh and her saying ,"oh,dear"! I know she adored her kids and her grandchildren immensely. I also know in my heart she cherished the last few months of her life with Mary Kay constantly by her side giving her mom the best care possible with boundless and selfless love only a daughter knows how to give. May her memory be a blessing to all those she touched.
With Love, Katie Kiker

Mary Cooper

June 12, 2021

Mr Donavan, Mary Kay, And Jim
Im so sorry for your loss
I have so many memories of you elegant sweet Mother

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY