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Mary Wade Barrett

Died: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Mary Caroline Wade Barrett died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, after a brief illness.

Known as “Cally” to family and friends, she was born in 1926 to Mary and Harry Wade. She graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1952, she married Wyman Douglas Barrett Jr., who predeceased her in 2004.

An artist and interior designer, she worked for J.L. Hudson Company’s Design Studio and The Detroit News as its home furnishings editor. Throughout her life, she continued to paint and draw while working as an independent interior design consultant. She remained passionate about the arts, literature and theater until her death.

Several organizations that benefited from her involvement included Sigma Gamma, Grand Marais Questers, Detroit Industrial School and Seven Ponds Nature Center.

Mrs. Barrett is survived by her daughters, Emily Tennyson and Sara Barrett; son-in law, Kit Tennyson and five granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to Christ Church Grosse Pointe’s music program, 61 Christ Church Lane, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 or Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, P.O. Box 1128, TD Centre Postal Station, 77 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5K 1P2.

Patricia S. Penoyar

Patricia S. Penoyar

Died: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Age: 78
Patricia S. Penoyar, 78, of Grosse Pointe died at her residence Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

She was born in New York City March 1, 1933, to Walter and Edna Palmer. She graduated from Smith College, New Hampton, Mass., in 1956, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature and a minor in geology. She was proud she attended The Sorbonne, in France, during her junior year of college.

In 1957, her parents moved the family to Grosse Pointe and that summer she met William W. Penoyar. They married in December 1958 at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

Mrs. Penoyar taught fifth grade in St. Clair Shores for five years before becoming a mother and homemaker.

She was an accomplished artist and sculptor doing commissioned pastels and portraits in the Grosse Pointe area. Her work was displayed yearly at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Art Fair. She was a member of The Grosse Pointe Artists’ Association, Grosse Pointe Women Artists, Detroit Women Painters and also a member of the Merry-Go-Rounders.

Mrs. Penoyar is survived by her husband of 53 years, William W. Penoyar; daughter, Anne A. Penoyar; son, Michael (Amy) Penoyar and grandchildren, Matthew and Nathan Penoyar. She also is survived by her brother, Walter Palmer.

A funeral service was held Jan. 31 at A. H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Janet Hohendorf

Died: Friday, January 20, 2012
Age: 54
Janet Hohendorf, 54, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. She will be remember by her family as a wonderful, artistic sister and aunt.

She was surrounded by love starting with her best friend and dog, Lefty; brothers, Paul, David and John; sisters, Joanne Gasparotto, Susan Danmeyer and Beth Mastay.

She was the daughter of Al and Mary Hohendorf of Sterling Heights.

Ms. Hohendorf was a longtime Detroit resident, well-known in the art circle for her embellished glassware and creative jewelry. She enjoyed creating artwork that brought pleasure toothers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Florence JoAnn Wise

Died: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Age: 87
Florence JoAnn Wise, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Wise, to whom she was married 57 years. During their marriage, they enjoyed traveling around the world.

Mrs. Wise was an area Realtor with Schweitzer and Century 21 agencies. She also owned a local home services employment agency. She was a contact bridge enthusiast and a portrait painter, who enjoyed painting portraits of friends and relatives.

Mrs. Wise is survived by her daughter, Kathy Kelman; son, Thomas Wise; grandchildren, Heidi Gogate, Melissa Filkin, Bridget Salvia, Michael Wise and Christina Wise and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte Road, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Sherryl Lynn Smith

Sherryl Lynn Smith

Died: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Age: 60
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Sherryl Lynn Smith, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

Born April 10, 1951, in Detroit, she graduated from Finney High School in 1969. She was known by her friends and family as a sweet and kind person, friendly and cheerful, who cared for others. She had a love of animals and gave a warm and friendly home to exotic birds that were once neglected and rescued.

Ms. Smith earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in education from Wayne State University. She taught fine arts at Denby High School. After her teaching career, she worked as a jeweler and owned her own business on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods. She also worked for many years as a landscaping consultant. She loved flowers and gardening and maintained a large garden at her house.

Ms. Smith is survived by her mother, Shelby J. Smith-Steves; brothers, Fred W. Smith, and his wife, Phyllis, and Ronald D. Smith, his wife, Tran, and daughter, Melisa; and nieces and nephews, U.S. Navy Captain Fred Winton Smith Jr., his wife, Kara and their sons, Pierceson and Dashel, David Smith, his wife, Carrie and their sons, Jordan, A.J. and Blake, Jessica (Smith) Benoit and her husband, Chad, and their children, Blake, Cody and Emma.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home.

Dorothy Marie Chancey

Dorothy Marie Chancey

Died: Monday, January 16, 2012
Age: 89
Life-long Grosse Pointe Park resident Dorothy Marie Chancey, nee Carnaghi, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, with family and friends nearby. She was 89.

She was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Detroit, to Joseph Primo and Margaret (nee Oldani) Carnaghi. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe where she earned the coveted “7-Sport Academy Pin” for overall outstanding athlete, an irony not lost on the fact that in her adult life she had five total knee replacements due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Mrs. Chancey is survived by her children Valerie Parks, Harry, Mark, John, Jeff and Greg; their husband and wives; grandchildren, David, Jessie, John, Jennie, Chris, Sarah and Melissa and great-grandchildren, Henry and Penny.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Joseph; granddaughter, Merrill and her parents.

Mrs. Chancey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose courage and perseverance over physical adversity inspired those who knew her. She will be especially remembered for her dedication to her church, St. Clare of Montefalco, of which her family was among the founders, and volunteer work at Bon Secours Hospital to which both she and her husband gave generously and freely.

She will be deeply missed.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 or at crs.org.

Rosamonde Fossati

Died: Monday, January 16, 2012
Age: 84
Rosamonde Fossati, 84, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at her home in St. Clair Shores.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles G. Fossati.

She is survived by her children, Linda Wood (Jack), Carlos Fossati Sr. (Edwardine), Lee Fossati and Cathy Healey (James).

She also is survived by her grandchildren, the Rev. Sarah Carver (Peter), Carlos Fossati Jr. (Ashley), Michelle Fossati, Kevin Wood and Sean and Charles Healey and her great-grandchildren, Trent and Isabella Fossati and Elora Carver.

Her family said she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service and interment of ashes will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.

Rosamonde Fossati

Died: Monday, January 16, 2012
Age: 84
Rosamonde “Mindy” Fossati, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in St. Clair Shores.

Her family said she had a long and adventurous life, packed with her favorite activities — traveling to Mayan ruins, attending concerts, visiting museums, wading through swamps looking for frogs and birds, and bustling from one social event to another.

Headstrong and determined, she did what she set out to do. She waited for no one, and let no one get in her way. It was her way, and it often included the highway, family members said.

She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Fossati was predeceased by her husband, Charles G. Fossati.

She is survived by her children, Linda Wood (Jack), Carlos Fossati Sr. (Edwardine), Lee Fossati and Cathy Healey (James).

She also is survived by her grandchildren, the Rev. Sarah Carver (Peter), Carlos Fossati Jr. (Ashley), Michelle Fossati, Kevin Wood and Sean and Charles Healey and her great-grandchildren, Trent and Isabella Fossati and Elora Carver.

A memorial service and interment of ashes will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, City of Grosse Pointe.

Corinne E. Beeby

Corinne E. Beeby

Died: Friday, January 13, 2012
Age: 88
Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Corinne E. Beeby, 88, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe.

She was born Dec. 21, 1923 in Duluth, Minn. to Carl and Victoria (nee LeBlanc) Kunerth.

She is survived by her children, Karen Bunge, Sue (Neil) Kennedy, Bill (Sharon), Barbara Palazzolo, Donna McCarthy and Patty (Ray) Dueweke; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, William.

A memorial service was held at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert J. “Bob” Pear

Robert J. “Bob” Pear

Died: Friday, January 13, 2012
Age: 87
Grosse Pointe resident Robert J. “Bob” Pear, 87, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Dec. 18, 1924, in Detroit, he was a life-long Grosse Pointer, moving with his family to Trombley Road when he was a young child. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1942, the University of Michigan in 1948 and Wayne State University Law School in 1951. On Aug. 14, 1953, he married Mary Ann “Marianne” Queen, also of Grosse Pointe.

Mr. Pear served in World War II as acting Hospital Corpsman First Class stationed at Treasure Island Hospital in San Francisco. Spending his professional career in the auto industry, he was a founding executive of Chrysler Financial Corporation from which he retired in 1989.

Mr. Pear enjoyed nothing better than Saturday lunches with friends to savor chili and a beer and good camaraderie with his buddies, or having an annual blast at the opening of trout season at his cabin, Laughing Water, in Baldwin.

According to his family, Mr. Pear earned admiration and respect of others for the manner in which he waged his decades long battle with Parkinson’s. Not one to complain as the debilitating disease slowly consumed his physical body, he faced his fate with stoic resolve and a light-hearted joy in the “small things” in life — a taste of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, the beat of Harry James or the touch of his wife’s hand. He conquered a broken neck and a brush with sepsis, both while in an advanced stage of Parkinson’s. He was an inspiration to those who cared for him.

Mr. Pear is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marianne; sons, David Pear and his wife, Sandy, of Darien, Conn., and Charlie Pear and his wife, Grace, of Birmingham; grandchildren, Natalie, Matthew, Christine, Alexandra, Channing and Zachary; his younger brother, Richard Pear; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, John Robert and Lillian Myers Pear.

A memorial service will be held at a future date. For more information, contact Grosse Pointe Memorial Church at (313) 882-5330.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 or at parkinson.org.
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