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Loretta V. Donovan 1921-2007

Dec 20, 2007

ESTHERVILLE — Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta V. Donovan of Estherville is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville. Father Brian Hughes is the Celebrant.

Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Estherville. The Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville is in charge of arrangements.

Loretta V. Brennan, the daughter of James and Mary (Fleming) Brennan, was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Ruthven. She passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake, at the age of 86.

She received her education in the Ruthven schools. After graduation from high school, Loretta attended St. Joseph's College of Nursing in Sioux City where she graduated as a registered nurse.

On July 18, 1946, Loretta was united in marriage to Edwin J. Donovan at St. Albert The Great Church in Minneapolis, MN. After their marriage the couple returned to the Estherville area and they owned and operated a car dealership in Gruver, Armstrong, and also in Mitchell, SD. In 1953, Ed purchased his father's interest in Donovan Motors and they operated the dealership until their retirement. Loretta also pursued her degree in nursing and was employed as a registered nurse in Sioux City, Minneapolis, Spirit Lake and Estherville. Ed died Dec. 31, 1998.

Loretta was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Catholic Daughter's of America, Altar and Rosary Society, Red Hat Ladies and VFW Post 3388 Auxiliary.

Left to cherish Loretta's memory are three daughters, Mary Kay Donovan of Spirit Lake; Nanci Donovan of Okoboji; Maureen Elbert and her husband, Dan, of Whittemore; grandchildren, Bryna Eckerd and her husband, Kevin, Erin Donovan, Shauna Donovan, Mike Donovan, Sheehan McAuley, Brandon McAuley, Colin Aduddell, Danielle Elbert, Kelly Elbert, Edmund Elbert, Garrett Elbert, Patrick Elbert; great-granddaughter, Alannah; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Loretta in death were her husband; son, Patrick James Donovan, who died April 9, 2004; her parents; sisters, Marian Moses and Bernadette Kliegl; and brothers, Jay, Adrian, Joe, Mike and Vince Brennan.

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