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Gerald Joseph Donovan, Jr.

November 10, 2021

Gerald Joseph Donovan Jr, age 85, of Norwalk, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

He was born August 12, 1936 in Cleveland to the late Gerald Sr. and Kathleen (Donahie) Donovan. He was a graduate of Holy Name Catholic High School and Cleveland State University, where he received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He was an avid reader, woodcarver and enjoyed spending time with his family and socializing. He followed his grandchildren’s activities and took an interest in all that they accomplished. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Age Exchange with the Senior Enrichment Services. He was a fan of the Cleveland Browns and was a youth football and basketball coach for many years. He served in the US Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He worked most of his life as an Ohio Licensed Engineer, where he worked at Clevite in Milan and retired from Caterpillar in Delaware, OH.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Susan (Zbrzeski) Donovan of Norwalk; children, Nancy Donovan of Norwalk, Colleen (Bill) Meese of TN and James Donovan of Attica; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; siblings, Thomas (Barbara) Donovan, Richard (Bernadette) Donovan and Kathleen (Dennis) Arndt; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Donovan; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Terry Donovan.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M.at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Norwalk.

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Gerald Joseph Donovan Jr, age 85, of Norwalk, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

He was born August 12, 1936 in Cleveland to the late Gerald Sr. and Kathleen (Donahie) Donovan. He was a graduate of Holy Name Catholic High School and Cleveland State University, where he received a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He was an avid reader, woodcarver and enjoyed spending time with his family and socializing. He followed his grandchildren’s activities and took an interest in all that they accomplished. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Age Exchange with the Senior Enrichment Services. He was a fan of the Cleveland Browns and was a youth football and basketball coach for many years. He served in the US Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He worked most of his life as an Ohio Licensed Engineer, where he worked at Clevite in Milan and retired from Caterpillar in Delaware, OH.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Susan (Zbrzeski) Donovan of Norwalk; children, Nancy Donovan of Norwalk, Colleen (Bill) Meese of TN and James Donovan of Attica; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; siblings, Thomas (Barbara) Donovan, Richard (Bernadette) Donovan and Kathleen (Dennis) Arndt; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Donovan; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Terry Donovan.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M.at the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Norwalk.

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