Obituary: Mildred Piper Donovan, 94

Mildred Piper Donovan, 94, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Mildred Piper Donovan, 94, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Mildred Piper Donovan, 94, beloved wife of the late Major Philip Donovan, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at The Summit at Plantsville. Born in Hamburg, NY, daughter of the late Justice R. Foster Piper and Winnifred (Fish) Piper, Mildred (affectionately known as “Pete”) graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1943 and moved to New York City securing a position as one of the first female copywriters for the world renowned McCann Erickson Advertising Agency.

Married in December 1944, they moved to Long Island after WWII to raise their family. In 1957 they moved to Ellington, Ct. where they lived for 50 years. She was a librarian in the Ellington school system for 25 years. “Pete” was an avid reader and had a passion for music and the theater.

She is survived by her children; Kerry (Helen) of Wolcott, Wendy of Plantsville, Neil of Meriden and Shawn (Julie) of Southington. She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Ryan, Matthew, Robert, Daniel, Jayne, Laura and several great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Summit at Plantsville for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, 30 Laurel St. Hartford, Ct. 06106 or to The Wolcott Food Pantry, PO Box 6172, Wolcott, Ct. 06716.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main, Plantsville. Burial will immediately follow in the Connecticut Veteran’s Cemetery, Middletown.  Calling hours will be held from 9- 10:00 a.m. before the service at the funeral home. For online condolences and directions, please visit

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