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Barbara Ruby Donovan ’66 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 27, 2011

Barbara Jean (Ruby) DONOVAN

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DONOVAN Barbara Jean (Ruby) After an eight year battle with Leukemia, Barbara Jean (Ruby) Donovan, age 63, of Springfield Township, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 13th, 1948 to William and Mary Alice (Ewald) Ruby in Toledo. Barb was a 1966 graduate of the former McCauley High School and a retiree of Ameritech, now known as AT&T. In addition to her parents, William and Mary Alice (Ewald) Ruby, Barb was also preceded in death by her first husband, John M. Groah and brother, William O. (Joan) Ruby. Barb is survived by her dear husband of 16 years, Michael Lyle Donovan; daughters, Lisa (Robert) Groah Hessler and Lori (Greg) Groah Matuszak; stepdaughter, Cathi (James Busch) Donovan; stepson, Eric (Melissa) Donovan; grandchildren, Amber and Sydney Hessler and Brenden Matuszak and step-grandchildren, Dustyn and Karen Oliver and Scott Donovan. Cremation with no visitation or service was Barbara’s choice. Those wishing to make a contribution are asked to consider the Toledo Zoo. To leave a special message for Barbara’s Family, please visit

Published in Toledo Blade from August 27 to August 28, 2011

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