Barbara Donovan, 79

Barbara Ann Donovan, age 79, of Sturgis, Mich., passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Thurston Woods Village nursing center in Sturgis.

She was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Detroit, a daughter of the late Carl and Hildegarde (Sendzik) Jarson.

On Sept. 27, 1958, she married Robert Donovan in Detroit. He preceded her in death in 1994.

Barbara has been a resident of Sturgis since 2000 previously living in Arizona and Casco, Mich.

She had been employed by the U.S. government as a secretary for the Tank Plant in Warren, Mich., for 30 years, retiring in 1989.

Barbara enjoyed horses and going to horse shows with her daughter, day trips to the casino, and was an avid bingo player.

Surviving are one daughter, Shelley Donovan of Sturgis; step-daughter, Maureen (Melvin) Busch of Berkley, Mich.; two step-grandchildren, Michelle Martineau of New Mexico and Melvin Busch III of Berkley; two sisters, Pam Jarson of Missouri and Judy Shanahan of Arizona; and four beloved dogs, Lucy, Winston, Cotton, and Gracie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; two sisters, Nancy Jarson and Patricia Fender.

According to her wishes, there will be no visitation or services as cremation has taken place. The family suggest memorial donations in Barbara’s memory be directed to the American Lung Association ( or the Pedigree Foundation ( Envelopes are available at the Hackman Family Funeral Home Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis.

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