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McGowan, Donna Jean
1928 - 2018
Donna Jean McGowan, 89, passed on to the next life to be with her husband, youngest son, parents and sister on March 15, 2018. She was born December 24, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Fred and Lettie May (Young) Howell. Jean graduated from Circleville High School in 1946 and attended Bliss College where she graduated in 1948. She worked for the Container Corporation and managed the Nicholas Square Apartments. Her most important job was raising her four sons. Jean was the co-editor of RUN OHIO and a loyal supporter of Circleville track and cross country. She was a dedicated Columbus Crew fan. Jean also loved her Tupperware family and playing Euchre at the Circleville Senior Center. Along with her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband James McGowan, son Jeffrey McGowan, sister Patricia Ann Howell and step-mother Connie (Ater) Howell. She is survived by her sons, Bill (Sheryl Hatfield) McGowan, Joe (Dawn Janczyk) McGowan, and Matt McGowan; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) McGowan, Chelsea (Nathan) Fries, Justin (Kathryn) McGowan; great-grandchildren, Darby Mae and Jack Jeffrey McGowan, Ethan James and Emma Lynn Fries, Avery Rose McGowan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice and the support staff at Logan Elm Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Monday, March 19, 2018 at Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger, 151 E. Main Street, Circleville, where a funeral service will begin at 10 am Tuesday, March 20, 2018 with Fr. Ted Machnik officiating. Burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contribution may be made to the Jeff McGowan Scholarship Fund and the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0515. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to leave fond memories of Jean.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 17, 2018
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