Union Democrat staff

Delma P. (Bisordi) Donovan

Feb. 27, 1919 - June 9, 2013

Former Groveland resident Delma Patricia (Bisordi) Donovan died June 9 at her daughter's home in Columbia. She was 94.

Mrs. Donovan was born in Groveland to Narcisco and Amelia (DeFerrari) Bisordi.

She attended Buck Meadows school, where her older sister, Christine Bisordi, taught.

Her family moved to Livermore, where she attended St. Michael's School. She graduated from Livermore High School in 1937.

Mrs. Donovan earned a nursing degree from Providence School of Nursing in Oakland in 1940.

She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and earned the rank of lieutenant. During her service in World War II, she was stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland.

There she met William J. Donovan, who worked as assistant in the naval hospital. They married on June 29, 1946.

They returned to Tuolumne County in 1947 and lived in several areas including Browns Flat and Phoenix Lake, and by the Basin Creek Fish Hatchery and Moccasin Fish Hatchery in 1955.

She returned to nursing and worked for Dr. Ben Boice, first on Washington Street and later on South Forest Road.

The family moved to Sacramento in 1963 due to her husband's work. They lived there for two years before settling in Davis until his retirement in 1984.

While in Davis she worked as a nurse and later served as a secretary for the Yolo County Medical Assistants Association.

She and her husband retired to Groveland in 1984. They moved into a home less than 100 yards from the home in which she was born.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society.

She enjoyed gardening, traveling, needlework and reading.

Mrs. Donovan was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William J. Donovan, in 2005; her sister, Christine (Bisordi) Hale, in 1996; brothers, Charles Bisordi, in 2002, and Raymond N. Bisordi, in 2005.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patricia D. Bock, of San Geronimo; Christine and Louie Gookin, of Columbia, and Timothy and Lynda Donovan, of Davis; grandchildren and their spouses, Emily and Shawn Graham, of Vallecito, Christopher and Lauren Bock, of Kentfield, Monika Hayles, of Novato, Scott Gookin, Pete and Lynn Gookin, Frank and Angela Gookin, all of Columbia, Betty and Dan Nunes, of Dixon, Carol and Michael Galli, of Davis, Tim Bishop, of Davis, and Del and Kati Donovan, of Dixon; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Tuolumne County historian Carlo DeFerrari.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Lucile Packard Children's Fund, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA 94301; Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95730; or Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society, P.O. Box 180, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305; or a charity of choice.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. June 30 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Highway 120 in Big Oak Flat.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.