James Donovan, 1944-2014

Published 9:52 am Friday, November 14, 2014

James Edward Donovan was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Minneapolis, the son of Dr. Daniel Leo and Catharine Donovan. He passed away from esophageal cancer Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

James Donovan

James Donovan

Jim was raised in Albert Lea. He attended St. Mary’s College in Winona, graduating in 1966. Jim spent three years in the U.S. Army, one year of that duty in Vietnam. He taught in Winona and Dubuque, Iowa, before moving to Cottage Grove, where he taught for 33 years. He received his Masters of Science in elementary education from University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 1974.

His parents and one sister, Mary Catharine, preceded him in death.

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He married Myrna (Jahnke) Donovan and is survived by his wife of 47 years; his daughters Kaye (Bill) Urick and Laura (Sean) Murphy; five grandchildren, Joey, Katie, Donovan, Finley and Danny; one brother, Tom; the entire Jahnke family; three cousins; their spouses; many nieces and nephews; and a host of good friends.

The funeral is at 12:30 p.m. today. Visitation is one hour prior from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Rita in Cottage Grove, 8694 80th St. S. Following the service is a celebration of Jim’s life at the American Legion in St. Paul Park, 328 Broadway Ave.

There will be a private family burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family will donate memorials to Hospice Care and Esophageal Cancer Research.