Patricia Braun DONOVAN

April 9, 1932December 23, 2018

Patricia Ann (Braun) Donovan, 86, of Southbury, Conn. passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale, N.Y. beginning at 9:00 a.m. A funeral mass will immediately follow at the Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary, 8 Carman Ave., Scarsdale at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y.

Patricia was born in New York, N.Y. and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan and later attended St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Conn. Soon after marrying the love of her life, Patrick Donovan, she took on the roles of wife and mother, settling and resettling in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, finally calling Plainfield, N.J. home for nearly 30 years. In 1997 she moved to Heritage Village in Southbury, Conn., where she enjoyed welcoming family and friends in addition to reading and traveling.

Patricia was employed by Chubb Insurance in New Providence, N.J., where she worked for 10 years before retiring.

Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Patrick, her parents, Anthony and Evelyn (Murnighan) Braun, and her sisters, Nancy Cotter and Eileen. She is survived by her daughters Daria (Richard) Berlin, Cynthia (Steven) Ewald, Karen, Michele, and Lisa (John) Manley, and sons Patrick and Thomas (Anna Treadway) as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, sisters Mary Moshier, Rita Maloney, Susan Woiccak, Evelyn Kuntz and Barbara Braun-McDonald and sister-in-law Mary Sullivan along with an abundance of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the St. Francis Breadline (, 135 W. 31st St., New York, N.Y. 10001 in her memory.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 29, 2018

Patricia Braun DONOVAN

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Sharon McGuire

December 28, 2018

I could not have asked for a better neighbor than Pat. She was always warm, sweet, kind, gracious and wonderful. I will miss her deeply. My condolences to her family in their great loss of this lovely woman. May the angels carry Pat safely and swiftly into Heaven where she will rest in the loving arms of Our Lord for eternity, together with her beloved husband. Thank you for everything, Pat, for being the best neighbor to me, for your kindness and caring, your sense of fairness, and your simple presence in my life. You are loved and you will be missed. Rest in peace. Sleep well...

Lynnette Fiordimondo

December 27, 2018

I have so many warm and wonderful memories from my childhood of Mrs. Donovan; when the Donovan family lived in Thorofare, NJ and later when they returned to New Jersey. I don't know how she put up with us running in and out of her house, helping us put on our "shows" in the driveway for the neighborhood and just being a great mom and so kind to all the kids in the neighborhood. I am so sorry Daria, Cynthia, Ricky, Karen, Michelle, Lisa and Tommy for your loss.

Betsy Chabot

December 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to all of the Donovan siblings on the loss of your lovely mom. She couldn't have been kinder to me when I was your 'foster sister' while I finished high school. I will always remember her. Love to all.