|Donna Irene Vatan|
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|Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:14|
Donna Irene Vatan, 72, of Bowling Green, passed away on November 24, 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio.
She was born on May 22, 1941 in Pontiac, Michigan to Milton and Hazel (Worth) Carrigan.
Donna is survived by three children: Deanna (Jeff) Woodhouse of Bowling Green, Heidi (Mike) Popovitch of Maumee, and Michael Carrigan, who is currently working abroad; two grandchildren, Alexander and Nolan Popovitch, both of whom will dearly miss their "meemaw"; and her brother, Milton Carrigan Jr. (John Alongi) of San Luis Obispo, California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hossein Vatan.
Donna began an extensive career in higher education in 1969 when she was hired as a faculty member in the Home Economics department at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). During her time in the classroom, she mentored countless students and nurtured many a fledgling career in the field of child and family development. Her greatest professional pride was the success of her students.
Following her retirement from BGSU, Donna became even more engaged in the town and community she loved so much. She enjoyed supporting her friends with their professional pursuits and lived a life of being the consummate caretaker and nurturer; she was a second mother to many. In addition, she took pride in contributing to local organizations such as the Wood County Human Society and was greatly committed to supporting BGSU in both the arts and athletics, especially the women's basketball team.
Even with all of these commitments and activities, there was one constant: Donna's top priority was her family-her children and grandchildren always came first.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tom Wojciechowski for the many years of care and friendship.
They are also greatly appreciative of all the wonderful staff at the Bowling Green Manor who cared for Donna both when she was a caretaker for her husband and, most recently, when she was a patient; her family always knew she was in good hands at the Manor. Additionally, the outstanding staff at Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center provided the greatest of care with the utmost compassion and kindest of hearts during her stay this past week. For all of these people-and so many more-Donna's family is eternally grateful.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in Bowling Green's Historical District at 408 West Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Father Thomas Gorman will officiate.
Interment will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Donna's memory may be gifted to the Bowling Green Manor (1021 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402), the Women's Basketball program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU Foundation Office, Mileti Alumni Center, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0055), or the Wood County Humane Society (801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402).
Condolences, fond memories, and photos may be shared with the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:38|
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