Elvia Jean Donovan

May 19, 2019

Elvia Jean Donovan

 in Woburn, May 19, 2019. Beloved wife of John L. Donovan (deceased). Devoted mother of John F. Donovan and his wife Carmen of Saugus, David L. Donovan and his wife Jacqueline of New York, Mary Miller and her husband Thomas of Woburn, and Patricia McLean and her husband Edward and Lisa Burns and her husband Michael, all of Billerica. Loving Grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Benjamin, and John Donovan, Christopher, Jeffrey, and Alexander Donovan, Elizabeth, Andrew, Joseph, Michelle, and Julie Miller, James and Abigail McLean, and Timothy, Sarah, Nicole, and Daniel Burns. Great Grandmother to Felicity Ann Donovan daughter of Michael and Mariel Donovan. Dear aunt of Catherine Donovan Amatnieks. Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Adelaide Parish 708 Lowell Street Peabody, MA 01960. Relatives and friends are asked to meet directly at the church. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, from 4- 8 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Elvia’s memory to the Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210.

Elvia J. Donovan, a resident of Woburn since 1956, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at D’Youville Life and Wellness Community. She and her husband were one of the original parishioners of St. Barbara’s Parish. She held a deep Catholic faith and was devoted to God and family.

Born in Lynn on March 23, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Julio and Elisa Casale who emigrated from Italy to America at the turn of the 20th century. She was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and worked 18 years at General Electric. During WWII she worked as a production coordinator aiding with the manufacturing of turbine engines installed in aircrafts. While at General Electric, she joined the company’s local music “circuit” singing big band.  She also enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing tennis, softball and was big fan of the Boston RedSox.

Elvia Donovan is survived by her five children: John F. Donovan and his wife Carmen of Saugus; David L. Donovan and his wife Jacqueline (Tighe) of Albany, NY; Mary Anne (Donovan) Miller and her husband Thomas; Patricia Joan (Donovan) McLean and her husband Edward; and Lisa Ellen (Donovan) Burns and her husband Michael.

She was the loving grandmother of Michael-David Donovan and his wife Mariel, Christopher Donovan, Elizabeth Miller, Matthew Donovan, Jeffrey Donovan, Andrew Miller, Benjamin Donovan, Alexander Donovan, John Donovan, James McLean, Joseph Miller, Timothy Burns, Michelle Miller, Sarah Burns, Julie Miller, Abigail McLean, Nicole Burns, Daniel Burns, and great granddaughter, Felicity Ann Donovan. She is also survived by her niece, Catherine (Donovan) Amatneiks of Misissauga, Ontario.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Adelaide Parish 708 Lowell Street Peabody, MA 01960. Relatives and friends are asked to meet directly at the church. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, from 4- 8 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Elvia’s memory to the Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 24th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Adelaide Parish 708 Lowell Street Peabody, MA 01960. Relatives and friends are asked to meet directly at the church. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, from 4- 8 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Elvia’s memory to the Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210.

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  1. I will always remember her comment about the composer Frederic Chopin. She said that Chopin’s music is like perfume coming out of the piano. She had a great sense of humor and my deepest condolences go out to her family that I remember so well.

  2. Steve and Kathy DelloRusso

    We’re so sorry to hear about Elvia’s passing. She was truly a wonderful lady and we have fond memories of our time next door. Our sincere condolences to the whole family.

  3. Meghan Dellaia

    Mary, Tom, Liz and family, I am very sorry for your loss Mrs. Donovan was an amazing woman! May she Rest In Peace!
    With love,
    Meghan Dellaia

  4. Kathy Vartanian

    My heartfelt sympathy to your family. Elvia was a lovely lady and I am happy I had the pleasure of knowing her and being her neighbor for many years.

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