William J. Donovan
1949 - 2021
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William J. Donovan

South Abington Township - William J. Donovan, South Abington Township, died Saturday at Allied Services Hospice Center, Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Linda Tomko Donovan.

Born February 2, 1949, in Monroe, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late J. Walter and Anne L Schwenke Donovan. He was a graduate of Monroe High School, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, and the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, earning an MBA in Human Resource Management.

Bill served as Human Resource Manager for Trane Company, Dunmore, PA and Sathers Candy Company in Pittston. After retirement, he served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and SCOLA. He was a devout Roman Catholic and member of the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and former member of the Parish Council. He volunteered for various committees and visited homebound parishoners to administer the Eucharist.

Bill was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Father Patrick Healey Division. He was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan who enjoyed playing golf and who passionately followed the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and the New York Yankees.

Bill was a strong proponent of Greyhound rescue and adoption, having five pets over the past 24 years. He was a kind and compassionate gentleman who will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.

Also surviving are his brother, J. Walter "Bud" and sister-in-law, Murrie Donovan, two nephews, Mike and Kevin Donovan, all of Green Bay, Wisconsin; two nieces, Nancy Donovan of De Pere, Wisconsin, and Peggy Duffy, Boston, Massachusetts; several great nephews and nieces and cousins.

Bill was blessed to have many strong and long-time friendships, many of whom he considered family, particularly Loretta, Greg, and Allison De Boer.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Alvin T. and Mary A. Caproni Tomko, and niece and goddaughter Molly F. Donovan.

The family would like to especially thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Progressive Care Unit at GCMC and Allied Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 9th at 11 a.m. from The Church of Saint Gregory, 330 North Abington Rd., Clarks Summit with services by Rev. John Lapera, Pastor. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Due to COVID-19, masks will be required and social distancing must be observed for all who attend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scranton Area Foundation Community Needs Fund or the donor's favorite charity.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 418 S. State Street, Clarks Summit and online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawrenceeyounfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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April 9, 2021
So many great memories of Bill, especially in our Monroe H.S. years. Bill and I met each other in grade school when we were both teammates on the Dorman's Cheese Athletics summer baseball team at Twining Park. I still remember that Bill was the only player in the whole league to hit not one, but two, balls out of the park. One later memory that stands out took place after H.S. graduation. As many of us were about to depart (late August) for school, work, military, etc., Bill invited us to his house to watch the final episode of "The Fugitive." A group of us gathered, Mrs. Donovan supplied us with an endless bowl of popcorn and sodas. Great fun. Shortly after that we mostly dispersed and our contacts with each other became more infrequent. Bill was a fun guy to be around, and underneath the smile and humor was a person who ran deep. I stayed up late last night thinking about my association with Bill, and a sadness stayed with me for awhile until I realized that my interactions with him were all positive and a smile replaced my sadness. Thanks, Bill, for your friendship, and for the kind of man you were. I am sure you touched so many people with your genuine kindness and caring. Rest in peace and in the presence of the Lord. Dr. David Holling, MHS class of 1967
David Holling
April 8, 2021
As a classmate at St. Vic's and MHS, I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I have one memory of him that's stood out all these years: In the eighth grade we had the school's principal for a teacher, Sister Julianna. Bill was elected class president and Sister Julianna sat in on all of the class governing meetings (I had been elected a "Senator") where we debated heaven only knows what any more. I remember the Sister saying after one of Bill's explanations of something or other, which took a bit of time, that she could listen to his voice all day long. Even in the eighth grade he stood out. I can't recall his voice specifically any more, but I do recall thinking, after she said that, about how he really did have a Walter Cronkite air to him.
Ed Maher
April 8, 2021
I knew Bill and Linda at ST. Norbert College 50 years ago! We had so much fun in those days. I'm not surprised to hear that Bill stayed a devout Catholic who dedicated his time in so many ways. I'm sure he was escorted to the front row in heaven. Linda, I send hugs and prayers. Love Mary Beth
mary beth smith
April 8, 2021
I´m truly saddened to hear of Bill´s passing. He was a great guy and a great friend.
Elwood Driesbaugh
April 7, 2021
We will miss you forever love and hugs Loretta Greg and Allison Deboer
Loretta DeBoer
April 7, 2021
I'll miss you brother. Rest in Peace.
Bruce Cunningham
April 7, 2021
Linda, I´m truly sorry for your loss! I´ve been praying so hard for you two. Bill was such a wonderful man. Much love and prayers sent to you!
Heather Wolo
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