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Patricia E. Donovan

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Patricia E DONOVAN Patricia Elizabeth Berg Donovan of Seattle, passed away on September 18, 2011 at age 59, after a short struggle with cancer. Patty was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on May 3, 1952 to Marjorie Meyers Berg and David W. Berg. She was the oldest of four children. Patty attended grade school in Bloomington, Minnesota and graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. As she was active in the theater and choral groups in college and wanted to be a professional singer, she applied and was accepted into the music performance masters program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Master's Degree in 1976. She moved to Seattle, Washington in 1977 where she volunteered with the chorus at the Seattle Opera Company, later joining the chorus as a paid member.She was an active member of the chorus for 18 years and during those years she made many wonderful friendships that have endured over the years. In 1988, she met Harry Donovan, the love of her life, and they were married in 1996. Harry and Patty spent much of each and every summer sailing their sailboat, The Coast Home, north into the Canadian waters east of Vancouver Island. They both had a genuine affection for sailing. Harry was taken from Patty in 2009 when he passed away from throat cancer. Patty was preceded in death by her mother and her sister and is survived by her father, David Berg of Boise, Idaho; her brother Greg and his wife Valerie, her brother Don and his wife Connie, both of Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by her Mother-in-law Connie Donovan of Georgetown, Maine, and by several nieces and nephews. At her request no services will be held. Cremation is under the direction of Bleitz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to the Seattle Opera Company in Patty's name.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 25, 2011
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