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Julia Toomey Donovan, the
youngest of seven children of Michael and Mary Toomey, Mrs.
Julia Toomey Donovan was born in County Cork, Ireland, January
1, 1852, and passed away January 28. 1931, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Milton Lee, in southeast Hartford.
At the age of 15 Julia Toomey came to America and settled in
New York City. At the age of 19, she came to Lawrence, Mich.,
and made her home with an aunt, Mrs. Donovan. At the age of 22,
she was united in marriage to John B. Donovan at St. Augustine's
Catholic church, Kalamazoo. To this union six children were
born, of whom five survive. The surviving children are Mrs. P.
D. Healy, Watervliet; Mrs. Julia Knapp, Battle Creek; Mrs. Bert
Garrett, Hartford; Timothy Donovan, Kalamazoo, and Mrs. Milton
G. Lee, Hartford. One child died in infancy.
Mrs. Donovan was one of the pioneer settlers of Arlington
township. She aided her husband in chopping the forest from
their land, took their grist to Decatur and went to Kalamazoo to
church over a trail through the woods.
Although old in years, she was young in spirit, and was
popularly and affectionately known among her neighbors and
friends as "Grandma" Donovan.
She was in good health until Sunday morning, January 25,
when she was stricken with cerebral hemorrhage and passed away
on January 28.
Funeral services were held at Immaculate Conception church
in Hartford, with solemn high mass conducted by Rev. Fr.
Whitteman, Benton Harbor, Rev. Fr. Bona, Paw Paw, and Rev. Fr.
Murphy, Watervliet. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Paw
Paw beside the body of her husband.
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