ETHEL DONOVAN is the daughter of Maurice (Mossie) and Rachel Shannon Donovan. She was born April 18, 1918 in Bernard, Dubuque County, Iowa.
Ethel married William B. Feeney (May 18, 1918) on June 18, 1949, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, North Garryowen, Iowa . They had four children:
- Susan Feeney Vogan—(Rollin Vogan III)
- Christopher Vogan
- Julia Feeney Shanky—(Chris Shanky)
- Sam Shanky
- Michael Feeney—(Diane)
- Megan and Shannon Feeney (twins)
- John Christopher Feeney (1955 – 1973)
Ethel was raised in the Bernard area. After teaching grade school, she served as an employee of the US government in Chicago for over 10 years. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa, Arizona, and a founding member of “The Song Birds of Sunland Village” in Mesa. She loved her family and grandchildren and was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith. She enjoyed the springtime, music of the ’40s and ’50s, sewing, traveling, and life.
Ethel died March 20, 1996, in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Bill died on December 21, 2008, in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.
They are buried in the cemetery at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Garryowen, Iowa.