Joan Mary Donovan (nee McDonnell) age, 87, of Philadelphia passed away peacefully on September 22, 2021. She was the daughter of John Patrick and Mary Dolores (Rowe) McDonnell of Philadelphia, and granddaughter of Catherine (Kate) Lynch, of Bantry, County Cork, Ireland.
Dear Mother of Carol Adair (Darrell), Kathy Orlando (Philip), Eugene Dixon, John (Jack) Dixon Jr., Joseph Dixon, James Donovan Jr., and William Donovan.
Sister of Eugene John McDonnell (Mary), Patricia Ann McDonnell and Mary Catherine Bloemker (Lawrence).
She is also survived by 19 loving grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren, each of whom she held dearly in her heart and in her daily prayers.
She was a strong and independent woman, and the definition of humility and grace. She most enjoyed attending daily mass and coffee afterwards with her friends. Phone calls and visits from her children and grandchildren gave her indescribable joy. She loved playing pinochle, scrabble, and Words with Friends, and she accepted any challenge to any one of those games. She almost always won.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at The Church of St. Richard 3010 S. 18th St. Philadelphia, Pa. Followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.
Note: For health and safety, all Covid protocols observed: If you are not feeling well, please refrain from coming: masks are required, no handshakes or kissing or any other bodily contact. Your presence here shows your care.
Friends may call Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home 301 Chester Pike Norwood. Internment Private.