List of titles by author Sharon Donovan

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On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Sharon A. Donovan passed away. She was very giving and loving, a great inspiration to all. She was an accomplished author and will be dearly missed. As her editor, I always looked forward to a day spent with her. Her sister, Mary Beth, and brother, Tom, have shared some memories of her. Enjoy this insight into Sharon Donovan and then check out the stories she left us. Rest in peace, Sharon. Lori


From her brother, Tom



With Valentines Day now past, and St. Patricks Day, then Easter approaching, we are reminded how much Sharon enjoyed marking all holidays. Christmas, of course, was the all-time favorite. However with the Irish taking center stage on St. Patricks Day featuring stories, music, food and drink, Sharon enjoyed the special connection to her heritage. Besides drawing on her childhood impressions, she would research the history and different traditions of families and cultures for her stories, blogs, and newsletters. So, as each holiday comes and goes, we can find some of our own special memories Sharon has left for us.


From her sister, Mary Beth



Sharon loved the holidays more than anything, spending time with family and sharing traditions. But, most of all, she loved Christmas. Sharons favorite Christmas memories started at our residence in the West End of Pittsburgh. My brother Tom, Sharon, and I were all still young and the magic of Christmas and Santa were in that house in every nook and cranny. The first sign of Christmas in our household was Dad setting up the train set in the basement. Sharon and I would help set up each piece lovingly, the trees, fruit stands, light poles, and the cheery Christmas houses, while Dad and Tom had the honor of setting up the track and train pieces. The joy when they got it running for the first go-around with the steam engine in the lead was overwhelming.



I remember our last day at school before Christmas break when Santa came to visit and gave us all orange drinks and a little gift. By the time we got home, we could barely contain our excitement, waiting for the big ceremony of decorating the tree, with popcorn made by Mom. The orange-lit candelabras graced the windows, giving the home a wonderful Christmas glow. A Santa-face hung on the wall, brightly shining in the bedroom Sharon and I shared. On Christmas Eve, we had our traditional meal of Polish perogi, peas, raspberry Jell-O salad, and Irish Soda Bread. Later that evening, my brother Tom would go to midnight mass as he was in the choir, coming home to wake Sharon and me to tell us he heard a clatter on our roof. He even embellished the story as he peeked out the window and saw Santa and his reindeer taking off!



Sharon and I believed every word, our eyes wide with excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning. She was always the first one up, shaking me to get moving. Wake up, Mary Beth, time to see what Santa brought us! Of course, it was always something special and treasured. Sharon had the most amazing imagination, so creative from the time she was born. I have so many happy memories of our childhood together and all of the fun and lasting stories we talked about many years after our childhood. Sharon was so special, and it is no surprise she turned out to be such a wonderful artist, writer, and compassionate person, touching the lives of so many people, despite the hardships in her life. She was and always will be an inspiration to me.



"My Aunt and Godmother, Sharon Donovan, will always be one of the most caring and special people I'll ever know in my life. If you knew her, you know how much she cared about the people she loved and put others in front of herself. Sharon was always there for me and loved me (and my brother) so incredibly much, she could not have been a better aunt to us and I will always share a special bond with her. I miss her every day but I know that I have the most beautiful Guardian Angel keeping watch over me at all times who is now finally able to see all of the beauty in Heaven. Aunt Sharon was the strongest person I've ever known, I am still so incredibly amazed and inspired by her will to live her life fully and pursue her creativity even after all she had been through! She was such a blessing to our family and I am so proud to have called her my Aunt and will never forget what an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, and godmother she was. I love and miss you!"Kendall McCauley
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Sharon A. Donovan passed away. She was very giving and loving, a great inspiration to all. She was an accomplished author and will be dearly missed. As her editor, I always looked forward to a day spent with her. Her sister, Mary Beth, and brother, Tom, have shared some memories of her. Enjoy this insight into Sharon Donovan and then check out the stories she left us. Rest in peace, Sharon. Lori


From her brother, Tom



With Valentines Day now past, and St. Patricks Day, then Easter approaching, we are reminded how much Sharon enjoyed marking all holidays. Christmas, of course, was the all-time favorite. However with the Irish taking center stage on St. Patricks Day featuring stories, music, food and drink, Sharon enjoyed the special connection to her heritage. Besides drawing on her childhood impressions, she would research the history and different traditions of families and cultures for her stories, blogs, and newsletters. So, as each holiday comes and goes, we can find some of our own special memories Sharon has left for us.


From her sister, Mary Beth



Sharon loved the holidays more than anything, spending time with family and sharing traditions. But, most of all, she loved Christmas. Sharons favorite Christmas memories started at our residence in the West End of Pittsburgh. My brother Tom, Sharon, and I were all still young and the magic of Christmas and Santa were in that house in every nook and cranny. The first sign of Christmas in our household was Dad setting up the train set in the basement. Sharon and I would help set up each piece lovingly, the trees, fruit stands, light poles, and the cheery Christmas houses, while Dad and Tom had the honor of setting up the track and train pieces. The joy when they got it running for the first go-around with the steam engine in the lead was overwhelming.



I remember our last day at school before Christmas break when Santa came to visit and gave us all orange drinks and a little gift. By the time we got home, we could barely contain our excitement, waiting for the big ceremony of decorating the tree, with popcorn made by Mom. The orange-lit candelabras graced the windows, giving the home a wonderful Christmas glow. A Santa-face hung on the wall, brightly shining in the bedroom Sharon and I shared. On Christmas Eve, we had our traditional meal of Polish perogi, peas, raspberry Jell-O salad, and Irish Soda Bread. Later that evening, my brother Tom would go to midnight mass as he was in the choir, coming home to wake Sharon and me to tell us he heard a clatter on our roof. He even embellished the story as he peeked out the window and saw Santa and his reindeer taking off!



Sharon and I believed every word, our eyes wide with excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning. She was always the first one up, shaking me to get moving. Wake up, Mary Beth, time to see what Santa brought us! Of course, it was always something special and treasured. Sharon had the most amazing imagination, so creative from the time she was born. I have so many happy memories of our childhood together and all of the fun and lasting stories we talked about many years after our childhood. Sharon was so special, and it is no surprise she turned out to be such a wonderful artist, writer, and compassionate person, touching the lives of so many people, despite the hardships in her life. She was and always will be an inspiration to me.



"My Aunt and Godmother, Sharon Donovan, will always be one of the most caring and special people I'll ever know in my life. If you knew her, you know how much she cared about the people she loved and put others in front of herself. Sharon was always there for me and loved me (and my brother) so incredibly much, she could not have been a better aunt to us and I will always share a special bond with her. I miss her every day but I know that I have the most beautiful Guardian Angel keeping watch over me at all times who is now finally able to see all of the beauty in Heaven. Aunt Sharon was the strongest person I've ever known, I am still so incredibly amazed and inspired by her will to live her life fully and pursue her creativity even after all she had been through! She was such a blessing to our family and I am so proud to have called her my Aunt and will never forget what an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, and godmother she was. I love and miss you!"Kendall McCauley
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