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“Rest in peace. My your family find peace and strength from your love and memory and faith. ”
1 of 40 | Posted by: Diane Bailey (Cuny) - CO

“To the family of Ms. D I met Ms. D in 1985 when she started at Sacred Heart. My first memory was of her laugh. You could here it through the school....Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Shelly Rhoden - Fort Wayne, IN

“To the family of Ms. Donovan; Thank you for sharing this special woman with all of us, her former students at Benoit. As someone who was sent to her...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Jacob Slane - Santa Monica, CA

“Donovan Family,We just want you to know what a great teacher and mentor Jeanette was for all of our children. She was also a beautiful person and...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Joe and Lauri Braun - Fort Wayne, IN

“Donovan Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult times of loss.Dr. Bussick and Staff ”
5 of 40 | Posted by: Timothy Bussick - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Donovans, I write this knowing people are assembling for Jeanette's funeral. Maybe it's my way of being there too, honoring my cousin's life...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Stephanie Sallaska - NC

“I will miss her greatly. Worked for her at Benoit Academy and St Patrick's clubhouse for many years. Sorry I was unable to attend the services, but...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: GorDon Martin - Fort wayne, IN

“I will always remember Jeanette's easy smile and her love of kids. Rest in Peace Jeannette, thank you for sharing your love and knowledge with...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Jim Mount - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Donovan Family,My heart breaks for your loss, and yet I know that Jeanette has touched so many life's that she will never be forgotten. My...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Peggy sweeney(Daugherty) - OH

“When I left home in Ohio and entered Purdue University as a freshman, I didn't know another soul attending the school. Luckily, I ended up in a...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Kathleen Gerrard - Hudson, OH

“My prayers are with the Donovan family,I was pastor of Sacred Heart when Sister Susan, the principal, hired Jeanette as teacher there. Sister thought...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Patrick Durkin - Indianapolis, IN

“My sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved Jeanette. I was almost a senior in high school when we moved in next door to your wonderful family. ...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Marcia (Hayden) Pardekooper - OH

“To the family of Ms. Donovan I send my deepest condolences. She was my children's teacher - my kids are 26 and 22 now. She was a very sweet and...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Pam McGee - Fort Wayne, IN

“I would like to send my condolences to Ms. Donovan's family. Jeanette was my Kindergarten teacher and my principal at Benoit Academy. She would...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Shayla Harrison - Fort Wayne, IN

“To the Donovan Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jeannette was such a wonderful person, always helpful and smiling and will be missed by...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Anne, Steve & Tom Ehrman - IN

“Wow I can't believe she's gone I remember the good times at benoit academy during the first six years I was there from when she was the principal to...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Michael Savard - New Haven, IN

“To the Donovan Family,So shocked to learn of Jeanette's passing. I worked with her at Benoit Academy, and St. Therese. We could hear her infectious...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: M.J. Kirby - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry to hear about Jeanette's passing. Didn't know her very well but we all knew our neighbors in New Glenwood. She is with God & her Dad now. ”
18 of 40 | Posted by: Bev McFadden - Ft Wayne, SC

“Mary Helen Donovan and family we are so very sorry at the lose of Jeanette. You are all in your prayers and thoughts. ”
19 of 40 | Posted by: Anne Donovan - Knoxville, TN

“So much sadness in my heart for all the Donovans. Love, hugs and prayers from our family to yours. ”
20 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff Campbell - Chillicothe, OH

“So very sad to hear of Jeanette's passing...She was a great Principal at Benoit Academy and helped give our children a great start in life! She...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Lori Kirstine - Clever, MO

“Some of the best memories of my life were playing bingo and listening to Buffet and Rod Stewart with her. She will be missed. Sara Omlor Hein ”
22 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss of Jeanette. She touched so many lives. I hope you can find some comfort knowing how much she was treasured and loved. ”
23 of 40 | Posted by: Janet Green - Acquaintance

“I am praying for your family. Miss Donovan was a great teacher. She always made math fun. She helped us understand it better. We had so much fun....Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: St. Therese Students Grade 5

“Mike and family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers . ”
25 of 40 | Posted by: Sheila Hoelderle - Fort Wayne, IN

“Ms. Donovan I just want to thank you for all that you did for my girls (Shayla shoe and Bumble Bee), you are truly loved as such a wonderful person...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sorry for your lossOur thoughts and prayers are with you ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Brian O'Herron - Collegepoint, NY

“Mrs. Mary Helen Donovan and Family:Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Jeanette Donovan.God's blessings to the Donovan...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: WILLIAM C. AND DONNA J. PHILLIPS - IN

“Miss Donovan was always nice to us when we were being picked on. Even if she was not there, she would know we were telling the truth.She always made...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: St. Therese Students Grade 5

“My dear sweet friend! From the 1st time I met you about 20 +years ago I knew we would be friends. You had no idea the impact that you had on my life....Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: carol magee - ft.wayne, IN

“My Dear Donovan Friends,WOW! I can't believe we are without her physical presence anymore. I will never forget my first meeting of Jeanette. I was...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Kim Kiracofe - Convoy, OH

“I'll always remember Jeanette. We called her Bean! She always made me feel better when I came to our yearly Vegas trips. I felt somewhat awkward...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Laura Bonamo - Lake Mary, FL

“Jeannette you are a treasure. You will be missed by many at St. Therese. Thank you for your passion for our children and Christ in their lives. ”
33 of 40 | Posted by: Terry Tescula - Friend

“Our deepest sympathies. Jeanette was a phenomenal person! She will truly be missed by all she touched. ”
34 of 40 | Posted by: Ksenia Kowal - Fort Wayne, IN

“My condolences to your family at the passing of Jeanette Donovan. God's peace and blessings to your family at this time. ”
35 of 40 | Posted by: Danielle Boneff - Fort Wayne, IN

“Ms. Donovan, So grateful for you and everything you have done for our school. I won't forget our many talks about how important school is or talking...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Isaiah Moore - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry to hear of Jeannette's passing.........I remember her as always laughing, and enjoying life:):). I am sure that Jeannette and Bevie are...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Joan Malmstrom - Visalia, CA

“Dearest Family,As I didnt know her very well, i feel as though we were great friends. Our daughter Carin (weiler) Freiburger, spoke so often and so...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Dan & Laura Weiler - connervile, IN

“U help me become the person I am today u was always there every day for me through out my schooling ur the best teacher and princeable anyone could...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Justin Mills - Ft wayne, IN

“I will miss you so very much. You were the sunshine in my life. My prayers to your family and friends. Life just won't be the same without you. I...Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Darlene Williams - Fort Wayne, IN


Jeanette Donovan, 53, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. She was passionate about family, her faith, teaching and her students, and Purdue University.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Jeanette was a 1981 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, completed her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University, and two Master's degrees from IPFW. She was a proud educator in the Fort Wayne South Bend Diocese for over 30 years, starting at Sacred Heart in 1985, continuing as teacher and principal at Benoit Academy in 1997, and moving to St. Therese in 2008 where she assumed the role of principal for the current school year. She was also director of the St. Henry's Summer Clubhouse for the past seven years, and she was a board member for the Gardens of St. Henry.

Surviving are her mother, Mary Helen Donovan of Fort Wayne; siblings, Mike Donovan of Fort Wayne, Margaret Donovan of Fort Wayne, Mary Kay Donovan of Fort Wayne, and Rick (Sabrina) Donovan of Fort Wayne; nieces Alixandria (Steven) Pelych and Madelyn Donovan; nephew Campbell Donovan; great-niece Gracelyn Pelych; extended family, lifelong friends, and countless students. She is preceded in death by her father John R. "Jack" Donovan.

Mass of Christian burial is 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd, Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a time of sharing memories of Jeanette's life starting at 7:30 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Community Foundation of NE Indiana to benefit the Jeanette Donovan Education Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 390, Fort Wayne, IN 46801).
To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.