Hazel Donovan

Hazel A Donovan (Waterman)

Saturday, October 5th, 1935 - Saturday, March 16th, 2019
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BARRE- Mrs. Hazel A. Donovan passed away on the evening of March 16th at the age of eighty-three.  

Hazel loved nothing more than spending time with her family. Family was everything to her. She also loved vacationing at the beach, the holidays, shopping and gardening. Hazel was known for her sense of humor, her unwavering determination and her tell-it-like-it-is personality.

Born in Ware, MA, the daughter of Eliza (Burgess) Waterman, she resided within a quarter of a mile of the center Barre her entire life. She was a graduate of Barre High School. Together with her husband William, Hazel owned and operated McDonald & Donovan Construction, R.T. Curtis Incorporated as well as Superior Concrete and its subsidiaries for many years.

She will be forever remembered by her daughter Sheila A. Muir and her husband Olen of Barre, her son William J. Donovan Jr. and his wife Diana of Raynham, her son Michael K. Donovan of Leicester, her grandchildren and great grandchild. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-nine years, William Donovan who passed away in 1997, her son John who passed away at birth in 1962 as well as her siblings Ernest Waterman of New Braintree, Ruth Spinney of Wolfeboro, NH and Helena Duane of Manchester, CT.

Hazel’s family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Stephen Earls and Dr. Kristina Gracey of the Barre Family Health Center, Elizabeth Ansong and the entire staff of Care Solutions Inc. as well as Sandy Ulen from VNA Hospice for their care and support.

A service in memory of Hazel will be held privately. If you would like to make a donation in Hazel’s name, Rosie’s Place of Boston was a charity she always supported. Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre rd. Barre is directing arrangements.
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Matthew Forsyth

Posted at 11:31am
Mrs. Donovan was always welcoming and friendly when I would visit her son Bill at her home in Barre. She made anyone feel at home in her home- a great attribute. When my wife attended a shower for the Donovan's Hazel took great care to seat my wife with her table as my wife knew few of the attendees. She wanted my wife to feel comfortable at the shower. She was so thoughtful and the epitome of class and dignity. The pain of her loss is deep. Our prayers are with the Donovan family and with Hazel. - The Forsyths
‘God Knows'

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

Ernie and Wendy Waterman

Posted at 11:46am
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Ernie and Wendy Waterman

Posted at 11:38am
She was so much fun, that smile was always on her face. Regrettably we missed the opportunity to share a sunset happy hour on the Cape. Sheila, Bill and Mike (and my work mate Olen) Wendy and I send our prayers and love. Rest in peace Hazel, you will be missed.

Myra Muir

Posted at 07:05pm
May she now rest in peace. I will always remember the many holiday celebrations I shared with her . I will miss her presence at all those happy family celebrations, Sheila, Bill and Mike so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts,

Dana Spinney

Posted at 05:52pm
Have so many memories don’t know were to start. 4th of July at Uncle Bruce’s or Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas time an all the rest. Sheila Billy An Mike thinking of you all in this hard time Will miss her smile an that great laugh you are all in my thoughts

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