Angela “Angie” (Rizzi) Donovan, 85, passed away peacefully in her home with grace and dignity on Friday, July 27, 2018 surrounded by her loved ones. Born on November 4, 1932 in Conversano, Italy, in the province of Bari, she was the daughter of the late Tommaso “Thomas” and Antonia “Antoinette” (D’Ambruoso) Rizzi. “Lena” came to America in 1935 aboard the Italian ocean liner, the SS REX, and she was raised in Bristol, CT. After graduating from high school, she went to the Holyoke Hospital School of Nursing and proudly graduated with the Class of 1953. Angie was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John J. “Jack” Donovan. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters; Diane Krawczynski and her husband Jeffrey of Wilbraham and Nancy Rutz and her husband George of Exton, PA; her son Brian Donovan and his wife Deborah of Belchertown; her beloved grandchildren; Michael, Andrew, Kathryn, Jackson and Jenna; her beloved brother John Rizzi of Bristol, CT; several dear cousins, nieces and nephews. Angie enjoyed living at the Gardens of Wilbraham in her senior years. She enjoyed playing cards on Saturday nights and having bible study, painting classes, potlucks and many trips out with friends. Her family would like to thank her many neighbors and friends for all their kindness and support during her final days. Angie will always be remembered for her kindness and friendship as well as for her many talents: baking, painting, her love of birds and flowers. Her family would also like to thank Baystate Hospice, especially Nurse Lisa Santos for her expertise, guidance and loving support. The funeral mass for Angie will be at St. Catherine of Siena Church on Parker Street in Springfield, MA on Wednesday, August 1st at 11:30 AM. Her committal service will be held later at 3:00 PM at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1390 Main Street in Agawam, MA. The Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01107.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Angela Rizzi Donovan November 4 1932 July 27 2018 (age 85).
Death notice for the town of: Wilbraham, state: Massachusetts