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Lisa Ann Donovan

LISA ANN DONOVAN, aged 52 years, beloved wife for 16 years to John DiVincenzo, loving daughter of Mary Beth (nee Monroe) and the late Tom Donovan, cherished sister of Teresa Todd (David), Thomas (Jamie), Susie (Ron), Kate McDade (Tim), Megan Lublin (Patrick) and Kevin, devoted aunt, sister-in-law, niece, cousin and friend to many.

Lisa was born on  August 16, 1966 in Cleveland, OH and passed away peacefully on May 7, 2019. She was a resident of Cleveland Heights for the past 20 years. Lisa lived in Athens, OH during her college years and after that she was a member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Ohio University Alumni Association and Girls Pint Night Out Club. Lisa graduated from Charles F. Brush High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree at Ohio University. Lisa was a dedicated Professor of Early Childhood Education at Cuyahoga Community College and President of Donovan Packaging Company. She enjoyed crafts, horse racing, traveling and gardening. She liked to read, fish, make pesto sauce and basket weaving. Lisa loved hot tubbing, flowers and collecting sea shells. She enjoyed listening to Talking Heads, “Moon River”, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Irish music and the violin. Lisa’s husband, family and friends gave her the most joy in life. She also liked studying brain development, being outside and children books. Lisa  loved rainbows, flowers, mini banana splits and cruising around in the Chrysler convertible. She enjoyed “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Mr. Rogers. Lisa’s special memories were Christmas tree cutting, watching Charlie Brown with her nieces and nephews, Christmas Eve and apple/pumpkin picking.  Her favorite family functions were going to Conneaut Lake Park, Kentucky Derby, Holden Arboretum, Paw-Paw Festival and Paradise in Siesta Key. Lisa will be remembered as a strong woman with a kind, generous heart. A devoted teacher believing in the importance of early childhood. She could make a hat out of a coffee filter or a musical instrument out of a pringle’s can. “Lisa Pizza” was a friend to many and will be greatly missed. Donations in Lisa’s name suggested to The Early Childhood Education Scholarship at Cuyahoga Community College, c/o Tri-C Foundation, 700 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish at 11 AM. Interment Lake View Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Lisa at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) FRIDAY 2-5 AND 6-8 PM.

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  1. Sympathies to John and the Donovan family. May the Lord comfort your pain and may Lisa now rest in peace.

  2. We are sorry for your family loss.
    May your memories console you and may God sustain you, as his precious promises of someday soon reuniting us with our love ones. Hosea 13:14.

  3. Barb Cicerchi

    Thanks for the years I knew you and laughed with you Lisa. You were a ray of sunshine at some difficult meetings. The Early Childhood Education Department will miss you. Your pain has ceased, and God now has you in the palm of his hand. I know your smile is lighting up heaven. Love you.
    Barb C.

  4. Cliffie Jones

    Kate: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know Lisa will be missed but her spirit will always be with you and her loved ones.
    Love, peace and blessings.
    Cliffie Jones

  5. Sue and Family; I am so very sorry for your loss! Sending hugs and prayers and lots of love!!

  6. To MaryBeth, Megan and all of the Donovan family:
    I am so lucky to have met and spent time with Lisa, although sparingly. She was such a funny individual with a great spirit.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Beth Deere

  7. Josephine Evans

    It was a pleasure to talk with Lisa. May God comfort the family during this time. Lisa will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Josephine Evans

  8. Arnetta Williams

    Donovan Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Michelle Rankins

    Dear Donovan Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa was a very nice person and her presence will be missed here at Tri-C Eastern Campus. With heartfelt sympathy, Michelle

  10. Lynda Bianchi

    John, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss Lisa’s smile and the joy she brought to Siesta Key.
    Lynda & Peter Bianchi

  11. Lisa’s smile lit up so many rooms here on Earth, and now she will share once again with those who have gone before her. Deepest condolences to the entire Donovan family. Sending love.

  12. To John and Family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss.
    Lisa was a fine colleague and friend. The College community will miss her greatly.

  13. Dear Donovan’s. I just heard about Lisa and me and Tami and our brothers Michael and Anthony are very sad to hear the news and want to reach out to say how much we loved Lisa and your entire family our whole lives. Tami and I live in Georgia otherwise we would be at your sides today. You are like family to us and our hearts are with you.

  14. Beverly Childress

    Lisa Donovan has been missed here at Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, this past year. I am so sorry to hear the sad news that she has passed. My deepest sympathy as you remember your loved one.

  15. The foundation of so much fun and togetherness.

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