Jeanette Clara (Hartman) Donovan


Jeanette Clara (Hartman) Donovan, 91, of Le Sueur, passed away on Wednesday, November 6,
2019 at Comfort Residence in Le Sueur, MN.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, November
13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Le Sueur, MN.  C.C.W. Rosary will be at 3:45
p.m. followed with a visitation from 4:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, November 12, Kolden Funeral Home,
Le Sueur, MN.   Burial will take place following Mass at Calvary Cemetery, Le Sueur, MN.  Lunch to follow
burial at St. Anne's School in Le Sueur, MN.  Fr. Chris Shofner, Fr. Kenneth O’Hotto and Fr. George
Grafsky will celebrate the Mass.
She was born on February 9, 1928 on the family farm outside of St. Benedict, Scott Co.,
MN to Phillip and Veronica (Schommer) Hartman. She was the middle child of nine children.
Jeanette was baptized at the St. Benedict Catholic Church and attended St. John Catholic School in
Jordan while helping on the family farm.  She graduated with honors from the Jordan High School in
1946. After high school she provided childcare for her sister before moving to Belle Plaine, MN with her
family where she worked at Hahn’s Department Store.
Jeanette married Marty J. Donovan on November 22, 1947 at St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in Belle
Plaine, MN before moving to LeSueur in 1949 when Marty started work for the Green Giant Co. Jeanette
worked at Baldwin Hardware, Osborn Labs, Investors Drilling, Inc. and for Dr. Ivan Osborn, DVM in
addition to being an active homemaker and volunteer. They were happily married for 52 years before
Marty died in 1999.
Volunteering was a way of life for Jeanette. She was very involved with St. Anne’s Catholic Church and
School, Gardenview Nursing Home, and Minnesota Valley Hospital. She received numerous awards for
her work as a Boy and Girl Scout Leader, Archdiocese of St. Paul service, and was selected as the
Senior Citizen representative for LeSueur Co at the MN State Fair in 2000. Jeanette was elected the first
women president of the LeSueur Country Club.
She was a long time member of the St. Anne’s Church Choir, St. Anne’s Council of Catholic Women,
Catholic Aid Association, Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Minnesota Valley
Hospital Auxiliary, and Ancient Order of Hibernians Women’s Auxiliary.
Jeanette enjoyed music especially playing piano and singing, bowling, golf, cards especially bridge,
bingo, gardening, cooking and researching family history. She enjoyed attending school and sporting
activities of her children and grandchildren. Family vacations at the lake and holiday and other gathers at
home and the Donovan farm were special events. She thoroughly enjoyed family reunions and extended
family gatherings.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, son Gregory Donovan, infant grandson, parents; sisters
Irene (Neil) Eischens, Dorothy (Bob) Solheim, Luella (Roger) Olson, Phyllis (Russ) Harmeyer; brothers
Ray, Gilbert, Urban, and Larry Hartman; in-laws Joe, Rose, and Anne Donovan; and nieces and
Left with loving memories are children Gary (Joan) Donovan of Morris, MN, Mary (Rick) Perkins of
LeSueur, and Tim Donovan of LeSueur; daughter-in-law Sharon Donovan of Shorewood, MN;

grandchildren Jason and Karin Perkins, Ryan (Melissa) Donovan, Alison (Dan) Ross, Dr. Elizabeth (Eric)
Meichsner, Jessica (Kyle) Matheson, and Kelly (Matt) Olive; and 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws
Betty Hartman, Marydale Hartman, and Carol Hartman; and numerous nieces and nephews and other
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in LeSueur on Wednesday,
November 13 at 11am.  Visitation is from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12 at Kolden Funeral Home
at LeSueur with a 3:45 rosary. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning from 9:00 until 10:45 at the
funeral home. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in LeSueur.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Anne’s Patron’s Endowment,
Pancreatic Action Cancer, or the Recreation/ Activities Department at Ridgeview Nursing
and Rehab-LeSueur. Condolences may be left on Jeanette C. Donovan’s online guest book


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