In memory of
Marie J. (Nole) Donovan
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In memory of
Marie J. (Nole) Donovan
Donovan, Marie J. (Nole) NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. Mrs. Marie J. (Nole) Donovan, age 84, of Stirling Drive in New Hartford and formerly of Albany, passed away peacefully at home on October 10, 2016, after a long battle with and complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Utica on December 22, 1931, a daughter of the late George A. and Virginia A. (Taverne) Nole whose values and hard work ethic forged the foundation for her life. She graduated from T.R. Proctor High School and furthered her education earning her bachelors and two masters degrees from the College of St. Rose in Albany. After graduating from college, Marie taught in elementary schools in Utica and Albany before teaching for thirty-five years in the South Colonie school district. She was passionate in teaching her students and took the time to care for, understand and mentor them. A life-long learner and educator by nature, Marie was also deeply involved in school affairs earning a life membership to the P.T.A., and upon her retirement, engaged in New York's teacher training and evaluation program. She was forever grateful, unassuming and humble, always putting the needs of others in front of her own. In doing so, she became an endeared friend and never forgotten throughout the years. She was a member of the Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Parish Community in Albany for over fifty years before moving to the Utica area. Marie's independent sense of adventure led her to travel to many countries in her lifetime including England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Russia, and this wanderlust mindset articulated her desire to gather up the freedom of life's glorious moments over its stagnant artifacts. Her experiential outlook on life was a truth she wholeheartedly valued and then successfully embedded into the hearts of her children and grandchildren. This lesson will always remain as gift from her educator's plan-book of life: love the moments you live, not the possessions you collect. Marie is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., whom she married on November 20, 1954; two sons and their wives, Joseph R. and Robin Donovan of Omaha, Neb. and Mark R. and Kathy Donovan of New Hartford. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Joseph and Thomas Donovan; a sister, Connie (Nole) Corasanti of New Hartford; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Angela Nole of New Hartford, Catherine (Sam) Torre and Maureen (Albert) Ferradino, both of Rotterdam; nieces and nephews, Virginia (Thomas) Dosch of Clinton, Angelo Jr. (Diana) Nole of Rochester, Joseph (Michelle) Corasanti of New Hartford, David (Lisa) Corasanti of New Hartford, Anthony (Claudia) Torre of Schenectady, Susan (Tim) Caldwell of Scotia, Cathy (Joseph) Wilson of Schenectady, James (Sharon) Torre of Schenectady, Cecelia (Diana) Ferradino of Sarasota, Fla., Maura (Andrew) Shorkey of Alpharetta, Ga. and Stephanie (Orlando) DiBacco of Selkirk; many great-nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her cherished brother and brother-in-law, Angelo V. Nole and Eugene R. Corasanti; and her nephew, George A. Nole II. The family would like to recognize Brenda Cook, Ann Garro, Nina Muscitelli, Olga May, Christine Pry and the rest of the team for the compassion and companionship they provided to Marie during the progression of her illness and to Hospice & Palliative Care for their assistance in her final days. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to celebrate and remember her life. There will be calling hours in Utica at the Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. Marie's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Ave., Albany, at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 17. The family will greet visitors at the conclusion of Mass in the church. Interment will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, at the convenience of the family. In memory of Marie J. Donovan and in lieu of flowers, those wishing to express an act of kindness may consider support of the Alzheimer's Association, the George A. Nole II Scholarship Fund at Notre Dame High School (Utica) or the Hospice & Palliative Care Association. Online Memorials at: MattFuneralHome.com
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