Remembering Regina Donovan

Donovan Regina obit photoRegina “Jeanne” Donovan
April 21, 2020

Regina “Jeanne” Donovan, age 65, formally Regina Margotta, of Mt. Cobb, who lived most of her life in Dunmore, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at home surrounded by her family.  Her devoted husband of over 20 years is Paul Donovan.  

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank “Mabock” and Rosie Margotta.  She graduated from Dunmore High School in 1972, and before her retirement in 2010, she was employed by the Dunmore School District.  

Jeanne and Paul enjoyed traveling and sailing on many cruises. Jeanne especially loved when they were joined by family on their many adventures.  Jeanne’s legacy is her love for animals.  She displayed a selfless love toward all animals and her home was a haven for many different animals who visited her daily.  Often, she would open her home to feed or nurse a stray or any animal that needed extra love or a little help.  Jeanne was once honored by the Lackawanna County Commissioners and featured on the news for her heroic actions to save the life of an endangered Blue Herron at McDade Park.  Her love for animals was endearing and will be missed by all, especially the animals under her care. 

Surviving are her two loving children, Jill White and husband Matthew of Jefferson Township and Frank Margotta and his wife Melissa of Nicholson Township.   Additionally, Jeanne, affectionately known as “Gege” is survived by her six grandchildren, Shelbe, Haile, Abbie, Frankie, Ellie, and Angelo who were the light of her life.   Jeanne is also survived by her devoted sisters Lucy Roth of Scranton, and Connie Uhrin of Old Forge.  

The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their support and compassion, but most importantly they would like to thank her devoted sisters Lucy and Connie who stayed by her side administered the care and comforted her in her last days.   

A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements and care provided by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore.

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State Grant to Fund Safety Efforts in Dunmore School District

dunmore schoolDunmore School District was among the recipients of  total of $554,407 in state grants been awarded to area school districts to support and implement school safety efforts, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced last week. Dunmore’s grant totals $35,000.

“There should be no limit to the extent to which we go about protecting our children,” Mullins said. “Students and school-based professionals deserve to feel safe at school, and they deserve to know their state leaders will continue to work with school districts to secure these critical grants.”

“I am pleased to see this funding approved to allow our schools to be proactive in keeping kids safe,” Flynn said. “The programs and equipment will not only enhance school security, but also ensure students have the safest learning environments.”

Other school districts that received funding are: Abington Heights, $40,000; Mid Valley, $35,000; Valley View, $75,900, and Scranton, $368,507.

The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.



UNICO Gives Back to Dunmore Teachers

Act of Kindness

Keystone UNICO performed their second “Act of Kindness” to the Teaching and Supporting Staff at Dunmore Public Schools in December.

At the Dunmore Jr./Sr. High School the Keystone Act of Kindness Committee met the staff with fresh Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee in appreciation of the education and guidance they give to the students in their care.

Shown from left: Mike DeSando and Alyssa Lopatka, teachers; Bob Tagert and Mary Ann Coviello, Keystone; teacher Dana Shields and principal Peggy Hart; Michele McDade Keystone; Michelle Summers, teacher; President Frank Coviello, Toni DiVizio, Mark McDade, PA II District Governor Cathy Bianchi and Louise Ligi, Keystone UNICO members.