Betty (nee Rocconi) Donovan

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Betty (nee Rocconi) Donovan, age 70, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, February 24, 2013, at her home, in the loving care of her family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice. Betty had been in ill health for the past eight months.

She was born March 26, 1942, daughter of Ludwig and Ann (Brunswick) Rocconi. In 1965, Betty married Paul Donovan and they made their home in Marquette for the past 53 years. Betty taught elementary classes in the Gwinn School System for 32 years, retiring in June 1997.

She enjoyed sports, playing South Beach volleyball and other venues over the years. She also was a downhill skier. Her pride was her flower garden with hibiscus and other plants covering the backyard.

Betty is survived by her husband, Paul Donovan; son, Todd (Amanda) of Paw Paw; and daughter, Megan of Marquette; four grandchildren, Cory, Riley, Avery and Erin Donovan and her brother, Roger Rocconi of Wisconsin.

Friend s may call at St. Louis the King Catholic Church on Wednes day, February 27, beginning at 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Wednesday with Rev. Ben Paris, pastor, as celebrant. A reception will follow in Father Gauthier Hall.

Visitation will continue on Thursday, February 28, at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain beginning at 11:00 a.m. CST with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:00 noon CST with the Rev. Daniel Zaloga as celebrant. Burial will be made in Cemetery Park.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at