Amy Jo Deneau, 35, of 515 Superior Avenue, Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning October 5, 2009 at the Marquette General Hospital where she had been a patient since last Wednesday.
Amy Jo was born May 20, 1974 in Escanaba the daughter of Richard and Mary (Starrine) Deneau. Amy Jo was raised in Gladstone and she attended and graduated from the Learning Center in Escanaba in 2000.
Amy Jo enjoyed playing with her toys and scooting around. She loved being out in the community and everyone enjoyed her presence. She always looked forward to her outings with Pathways. She treasured spending time with her family and friends. Amy touched the hearts of everyone she met. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, Richard and Mary, survivors include:
2 sisters; Becky (Sonny) Frappier of Gladstone and Dawn (Brent) Lynch of Escanaba.
Aunts and Uncles; Vicky (Ben) Wight of Sheboygan, WI; Betty (Leo) Brunette of Gladstone; Ellen
I miss you very much, I stop and visit you pretty often. You will always be with me. l love you
Dear Mary and Dick,
I was surprised and saddened to hear of Amy’s passing. She was one of my first home program students and became quite special to me. Thank you for letting your family be part of my life. Dorothy Lamberg Kollmann
Amy was a joy to be around and brought sunshine when I visited with her. I got to know Amy through Great Northern Home Care. She will be saddly missed and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dick, Mary, and your family,
It was so sad to hear about Amy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God gave Amy a beautiful family to be with. When she left you’s she knew she was very loved.
Dick and Mary, we are just so shocked and sorry to hear about sweet Amy. Just want to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Here is a poem I found that I thought might be of some comfort for you.
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine,” He said.
“For you to love the while she lives and mourn when she is dead,
“It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
“But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?
“She’ll bring her charms to gladden you, but should her stay be brief,
“You’ll have her lovely memories, as solace for your grief,
“I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
“But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
“I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
“And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
“Now will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain,
“Nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again?
I fancied that I heard them say: “Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
“For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness; we’ll love her while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.
“But should the angels call for her much sooner than we’d planned,
“We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”
Darlene and Cliff Jensen
I had the oppurtunity to mentor Amy at the Learning Center as part of a student/job shadowing program through the ISD. It was a joy to have met and spend time with Amy; her smile would light up the room. My thoughts and prayers to the family
Camilla (Denman) Forvilly
I feel so Blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with Amy – It started out as a job and soon became ‘Special time spent with a Special young Lady’. Amy Jo will always have a piece of my heart, as will her whole Family. Richard and Mary, please know that you and your family will always be in my thoughts, heart and prayers.
Chesterfield (formerly Escanaba), MI
Very sorry, Becky, to hear of the loss of your sister. I am sure she holds a special place in the hearts’ of your family, and may that help you all in finding peace….
Sissy, your smiling face in this picture is how I will always remember you!! I love and miss you very much.
Words can’t express your sorrow but our prayers and thoughts are with your family as you face this grieving period. Amy was so lucky to have such a loving caring family that took such great care of her. God Bless….
Thought and prayers are with all of you.
Roxanne, Chad, & Megan
Green Bay, WI