Madelyne Donovan Holoweiko

MADELYNE DONOVAN is the daughter of Martin and Frances Weaver Donovan. She was born on January 10, 1925, in Bernard, Iowa.

Photo of Madelyne Donovan Holoweiko

She married Michael Holoweiko (born August 9, 1921) on January 11, 1947, and together, they raised six children:

  • Mark Holoweiko
  • Gregg Holoweiko
  • Mary Ellen Holoweiko
  • Jeffrey Holoweiko
  • Julie Holoweiko Waligorski
  • Melinda Holoweiko Kockenderfer

Madelyne passed away on February 18, 2015. Mike died on March 13, 2020. They are buried at Delta Center Cemetery, Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan.

Madelyne Frances (Donovan) Holoweiko’s obituary

Madelyne Frances (Donovan) Holoweiko—our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother—was joyously welcomed into heaven by God and all the angels and saints on February 18, 2015.

Born on January 10, 1925, in Bernard, Iowa, Madelyne was the second of seven children of Martin A. Donovan, Sr., and Frances Ellen Weaver Donovan. When she was young, the family moved to Lansing, Mich., where she attended Resurrection schools, then worked as a guide at Nash-Kelvinator Corp. after graduation.

She met the love of her life, on a hayride and later married him on January 11, 1947. Together, they raised six children, paid cash for their homes in Colonial Village and Groesbeck, enjoyed family vacations at Gun Lake, and roller skating, card-playing, bowling, and square dancing with friends. Mike’s fishing, hunting, and gathering brought home bluegills, bass, smelt, pheasants, deer, fruits and vegetables; Madelyne’s cooking, baking and preserving ensured that everyone was always well-fed.

She loved her children and grandchildren immensely. She was a devout Catholic who served in the Altar Society at St. Casimir Parish for years. She liked to speak her mind and play the slots. Year after year until recently, her encyclopedic memory enabled her to send a timely card or letter recognizing every important event in the lives of numerous family members and friends.

She was predeceased by her son Gregg, sisters Rosellen and Patricia, and brothers Martin, Lawrence, and Robert.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no memorial service.

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  1. Here’s the link to mom’s memorial website on There, in addition to her obituary, you’ll find dozens of photos you can download if you wish. Feel free to post any of them here.

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