homepage logo

Loretta V. Donovan

Dec 18, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–A Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta V. Donovan, 86, of Estherville, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as celebrant. Interment will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a Vigil service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

She died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.

Loretta V. Brennan, the daughter of James and Mary (Fleming) Brennan, was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Ruthven.

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, Minn. 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, S.D. 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, Bernadette Kliegel and brothers, Jay, Adrian, Joe, Mike and Vince Brennan. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com