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Obituary for Marie L. Lagel

Marie Donovan Lagel,101, passed away peacefully on May 24, 2021 at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester CT.

Marie was born on March 14, 1920 in New Brunswick, Canada to the late William and Adele (Bastarache) Melanson. She graduated from Saint Mary's School, a 1 room school for all grades K-12 in New Brunswick, Canada. She met and married her first husband Karl Joseph Donovan, and was naturalized as a United States citizen in 1953, where she began to raise her family in Calais, Maine.

Marie was an amazing, loving, strong woman who lived a long and extraordinary life. She loved to travel in her younger years and enjoyed reading, shopping, and loved to write her hand written letters. But most of all she loved spending quality time with her family.

She was predeceased by her 1st husband Karl Donovan, her 2nd husband Harold Lagel, and special friend Tony Tanentino, her son Peter Donovan, her daughter Lois; and grandsons Daniel Donovan and Michael Donovan.

She is survived by her sister Janette Darling of ME, Brother William Melanson of Canada, her son's Wayne Donovan and wife Faye of CA, David Donovan and wife Lucy of CT, Greg Donovan and wife Rose of CT, Louis Donovan and wife Debra of CT, Judy of ME, her 8 grandchildren Cathy, Susie, Anita, Johnny, Jimmy, Tommy, Derrick and Kelly, 19 great grandchildren; and 5 great, great grandchildren.

At her request, relatives and friends may join the family on Friday, May 28, 2021 between 11am-12pm with a Funeral Home Service at 12pm at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner Street, East Windsor, CT. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit