Norma (Mader) Donovan

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Norma Donovan, 99
SACO - Norma Donovan, 99, of Saco and formerly of Biddeford, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Seal Rock Nursing Home.
She was born on March 3, 1918, in New York City, the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Nagy) Mader.
She moved with her family to Massachusetts as a child and was educated there. She graduated from Merrimack High School in 1936 and later did her nurse's training at the former Trull Hospital in Biddeford.
On Sept. 4, 1944, she married John Donovan at St. Mary's Church.
She had been employed at the Trull and Webber Hospitals, as well as Southern Maine Medical Center, for most of her working life, taking time away to raise her family.
Norma retired from nursing in 1982. She enjoyed making latch hook rugs, baking, gardening, and doing puzzles. Family gatherings were always important to her.
Preceding her in death were her husband, John Donovan, in 2008; her daughter, Beverly Randall, in 2012; and her siblings, Rosie, Andrew, James, John and Edward Mader, and Helen LeClair.
Surviving are one son, Michael J. Donovan, and his wife Deidre, of East Waterboro; one daughter, Margery Donovan, and her partner Kevin Clark, of Canaan, N.H.; one sister, Vivian Randall, of Haverhill, Mass.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Biddeford. To share condolences online, please visit:

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Hope Memorial Chapel
480 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 282-6300
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 6, 2017
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