Mary A. (Capone) Donovan, 94, of East Longmeadow, a former longtime resident of Springfield, passed away early Monday evening, February 17,2020 in the comfort of her home, with her family at her side. She was born and educated in Springfield, a daughter of the late Paolo and Assunta (Simoncini) Capone and was a graduate of the High School of Commerce Class of 1943. Mary was a cook employed for many years with the City of Springfield School Department and retired as a matron from the former High School of Commerce. Never one to be idle, Mary continued working part time with C.A. Courtesy Sampling Company as a demonstrator driving to numerous supermarket chains throughout New England until she was well in to her 80s. She was actively involved with several Italian Women’s Clubs in Springfield including the former LeStelle D’Italia. Mary also was an accomplished candlepin bowler who participated in several bowling leagues in the Greater Springfield area, was a former member and Past Treasurer of the Sixteen Acres Golden Age Club, a member of The Friendship Club, a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and former communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church, both of Springfield. Some of her favorite pastimes included dancing, traveling, extended trips to Pueblo, CO, visiting her son and his family, an occasional pilgrimage to the casino, and summer vacations at Misquamicut and Narraganset Beach, RI. She was a gourmet cook, loved playing cards with her family and friends, and looked forward to catching a show or play in NY City with the gals. Mary’s greatest joy was spending quality time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the devoted wife of the late Robert T. Donovan who died in 1978 and leaves two loving children, Robert J. Donovan and his wife Cecily of Pueblo, CO, and Kristie A. Mullins and her husband Terry of East Longmeadow with whom she made her home; six cherished grandchildren, Remy Andrada and her husband Paul, Douglas and Robert Donovan, Meghan Healey and her husband Brendan, Ian Mullins and Sarah Gomes; and four adored great-grandchildren, Ally, Ava, Lucas and Brittany Andrada. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Frances Capone of Enfield, CT; a cousin, Stephen Capone and his wife Loretta of Westfield; five nieces, one nephew; and her four legged companion and best canine friend Scout. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her younger brother, Stephen P. Capone in 2009 and her brother-in-law and his wife, Joseph and Deka Donovan of FL. Mary lived life to its fullest. Although she experienced her share of pain and sorrow, she loved life and the people (and pets) in it! Her special gift to many of us was through her abilities in the kitchen, and sharing that gift with her family and friends. As the matriarch of her family, she led by example with a caring and generous heart that touched the lives of so many. Her family would like to thank Erin and Monica, as well as all the staff of Baystate Hospice for the exceptional care and compassion extended to Mary during her illness, and a special thank you to her caregiver, Tracey Walz for the companionship and tender care provided to Mary over this last year. Relatives and friends may gather on Monday evening, February 24th from 4-7 PM at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., in Springfield. Her funeral will begin Tuesday morning, February 25th at 8:45 AM at the funeral home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen St., with Rites of Committal concluding at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 1601 State St., all in Springfield. Contributions in Mary’s name may be directed to Baystate Home Health and Hospice, 30 Capitol Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089.
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