JOHN DONOVAN is the son of Maurice and Mary Ellen Shanahan Donovan. He was born on October 23, 1889, in Dubuque County, Iowa.
John Donovan married Loretta Carew (born in Jackson County, Iowa, on January 13, 1894, [daughter of Rodger Carew and Ellen Kennedy Carew]) on June 17, 1913, at St. Aloysius Church in South Garryowen, Iowa.
They had nine children:
- Helen Donovan McCarthy
- Leonard Donovan
- Rita Donovan McCarthy
- Bernadine Donovan Hodge Clinton
- Vincent Paul Donovan (later changed to Paul Vincent)
- Florence (Sister Maureen) Donovan
- John T. Donovan
- Maureen Donovan Curtis
- Elizabeth Donovan died two days after birth.
John Donovan died on June 15, 1966.
Loretta Carew Donovan died on November 7, 1966.
They are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan.