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Joseph F. Donovan

Joseph F. Donovan, 98 a native of Elizabeth and formerly of Hillside, N.J. passed away quietly on May 10, 2017 at the Sunrise Nursing Home in Annapolis, Md, where he was living closer to family and friends.

He was predeceased in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Kathryn (Nee Stromick) Donovan. He is survived by distant Family members in New Jersey.

Mr. Donovan served in the US Army with distinction in North Africa, where he was captured and became a prisoner of war in Natzi Germany for 3 long years. He was liberated by American forces in September 1945. His diary of that time period is being donated to the WWII Museum. Mr. Donovan, a kind and gentle man, was a big baseball fan and always rooted for his favorite New York Mets team.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00 AM to Noon at the Growney Funeral Home, 1070 North Broad Street, Hillside, N.J. The Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 Noon. Interment at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, N.J.