BUSCH--Mary E., was born December 30, 1917 and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the only child of John F. McKenna, the owner of the McKenna Lumber Company and President of the old Kingsboro Savings Bank, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Farrell. She attended St. Anselm's School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and then Marymount Academy and Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. She possessed rare artistic talent, being able to paint well in watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. She was married in 1941 to James B. Donovan, a New York attorney, who negotiated successfully in 1962 for the release of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers from the Soviet Union and of the 1,350 Bay of Pigs prisoners from Cuba. They lived in Bay Ridge and then Park Slope, Brooklyn until Mr. Donovan died in 1970, often vacationing at the Lake Placid Club in the Adirondacks. In 1972, she married Navy Capt. Thomas O'Connor, an executive at the old New York Telephone Company, and they were together until his death in 1984, living in Spring Lake, New Jersey, where they belonged to the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club and the Spring Lake Golf Club. In 1986, she was married to Herbert H. Busch, a retired jewelry and real estate executive, and they were together in Spring Lake until his death in 1995. Survivors include two daughters, Jan (Mrs. Edward L.) Amorosi, of Manhattan; Mary Ellen Fuller (Mrs. David Fletcher), of South Carolina; and a son, John B. Donovan, of Larchmont, NY; a stepdaughter Georgia B. (Mrs. Foster) Nostrand, of Stamford, CT, a stepson, Roger L. Busch, of Greenwich, CT; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visiting will be held Thursday 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm at Clavin Funeral Home, 7722 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 12 Noon at St. Anselm R.C. Church, Brooklyn. Interment to follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Lake Placid, NY.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2008