Jeremiah M. Donovan


Jeremiah "Jere" M. Donovan, 81, of Harrisville, passed away on March 12, 2019, in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Jere was born in Hartford, Conn., to Marion Danahy Donovan and Jeremiah Michael Donovan on June 29, 1937. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., and Boston University.
He retired from Emerson Electric as a water quality instrumentation salesman in 1997.
Left behind to treasure his memory are his beloved wife of 46 years, Novelle Hays Donovan of Harrisville; and his four children, Jeremy (Alma) Donovan of Austin, Texas, Brian (Erin) Donovan of Towson, Md., Colin (Alexandra) Donovan of Dubai, UAE, and Meghan (Michael) Proia of Simsbury, Conn.
He leaves behind six grandchildren, Keegan, Kaylee, Evelyn, Isla, Connor and Fiona and another grandchild arriving this fall.
Also surviving are his brother, John (Phyllis) Donovan of Wethersfield, Conn.; his sister, Sara-Lloyd (Peter) Mulligan of Vernon, Conn.; his cousin, Mary-Lloyd Brainard of Stonington, Conn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a member of East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, where he served as an elder, a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and past chairman of the Mission Committee.
Jere had a heart for missions. He was a member of the Sudan Group of the Shenango Presbytery, traveling to Sudan multiple times. He traveled to Zanesville, Ohio, Circleville, W.Va., Hartford, Conn., Johns Island, S.C., Reynosa, Mexico, and Camden, N.J., with church youth mission trips. He was a long-time volunteer at SCI-Mercer, leading Wednesday afternoon Bible studies.
Jere proudly served as mayor of Harrisville for eight years and as a councilman for 12 years. He is a former president of the Butler County Boroughs Association, the Wolf Creek Council of Governments and the Harrisville Lions Club, where for many years he organized the town Halloween parade and Easter egg hunts. He was an active volunteer while his sons were in Cub Scouts.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on the beach at Emerald Isle, N.C.
He spent the last 10 winters with his wife in Indian Shores, Fla. Jere enjoyed gardening, reading and collecting and winding his clocks. He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and the world, visiting 20 countries.
Jere appreciated meeting new people every day; there were no strangers in life, only friends Jere hadn't met yet. He had a quick wit, never took himself too seriously and above all else loved and cared for his family.
If desired, memorial donations may be given to the Presbytery of Shenango, 4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA 16143 to support the Nile Theological College and Gereif Bible School in Sudan; or to Slippery Rock Community Library, 316 N Main St., Box 25, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. In honor of Jere, his family would encourage you to extend an act of kindness to someone in need.

Jeremiah "Jere" M., 80, of Harrisville.
Calling hours; From 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday (3-16-19) at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, and 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Sunday (3-17-19) in the Welcome Center at East Main Presbyterian Church, 125 E. Main St., Grove City.
Service: Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (3-17-19) at the church.
Burial: Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville.
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