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“Gerard/Tressa,Such a beautiful tribute and slideshow. You Mom sounds like a wonderful woman. I would have loved to have met her.You have many...Read More »
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“When I was 17 years old I worked with Agnes at Michigan Bell Telephone Co. I went with Agnes one day to meet her beautiful Irish mom for lunch. A...Read More »
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“Aunt Agnes and Uncle Charlie were my Godparents and extreme good friends to my parents, John and Pat Salter. When younger, we'd often hear stories...Read More »
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“Dear Giacona Family - We are so sorry we will miss the celebration of Agnes life. She was a wonderful person. Her cheerful spirit was always...Read More »
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Agnes Mary Giacona, age 90 of Clinton Township, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 2, 2018. She was born January 21, 1928 in Detroit, daughter of the late John Thomas and the late Irene Felicitous (nee: Orendorf) Doran.

Agnes was born in an age when our country was going through some very tough times and working came at a premium. Her parents, who were a bit older than the norm for welcoming a child into the world, were extremely fortunate to have the help of Agnes' Aunt Carrie to step in when her parents were compelled to head off to work. Though she had the love and support of her Mom & Dad, Agnes was blessed to have the watchful eye and attentive care of her Aunt Carrie to keep her on the straight and narrow.

As she grew and matured as an adult, work came calling for Agnes as well and she was quite proud of the strides she made which led to her entrepreneurial spirit kicking in and becoming part of the vending business. Ultimately climbing the ladder of success to the top, Agnes shared ownership in the business which found her extending over 40 years of dedicated customer service and loyalty to her community. Following her four decades of giving her all, Agnes finally accepted her well deserved retirement and headed into the next chapter of her life.

When her work was done and the family was tended to, one of the pastimes she enjoyed so much was simply curling up with a good book and getting lost in the pages as she immersed herself in the story. Quite often, the genre she chose was found in the world of mysteries. Agnes loved to have her intellect challenged and her mind fed, and a good mystery could accomplish that every time. She was also known for being quite the avid crossword puzzle solver,…a feat she tackled, confidently, with an ink pen. And we're not talking those puzzles in the back of the TV Guide, either. Au Contraire, Pierre,…she went straight for the likes of the New York Times and the Boston Globe varieties. Talk about confident? She had that goin' on,…and then some!

So being well read, a puzzle patriot, and always intrigued by learning more, Agnes truly was a fount of knowledge and possessed the amazing ability to answer most any question that was posed of her. Before there was Wikipedia and Google,…there was Agnes! Just ask her anything and you were bound to come away a bit wiser and more informed.

Along with her role as an entrepreneur, Agnes was also a mother,…and eventually a grandmother & great-grandmother as well. And though most matriarch's are known for their incredible skills in the kitchen, with Agnes,…not so much. When it came to cooking, that was one of life's challenges she struggled to overcome. Interestingly, she was fascinated by the myriad cookbooks that filled her shelves at home. Reading recipes and seeing all of the wonderful pictures that envelope a cookbook always seemed to set her heart and mind dreaming of the day she could prepare one of those great meals. But with Agnes,…not so much. Now, mind you,…baking was an entirely different story. So though her cooking skills may have left much to be desired, her proficiency in baking left your mouth watering for more. All she needed was a stove, an oven, and a little counter space for preparation purposes,…then step back and just watch the magic unfold. Soon there were delicacies for the senses to unwrap and the palate to enjoy,…and life was sweet, literally.

Being an only child, Agnes always had a pet to adore. She was a huge animal lover and found great comfort in each of her furry friends. It may not have been the same as a brother or sister, but she certainly knew the joys and pleasures of the unconditional love that each of them conveyed. And while possessing this incredible devotion to her various pets, is it any wonder that Agnes' journey in adulthood would find her devotion being poured out for the saint we all know as Francis,…the lover and patron saint of animals. Agnes was a true friend of St. Francis and through her many prayers found her identity and focus in the glories of Faith, Family & Friends. Agnes' life was filled with host of loved ones with whom she shared her walk and created many beautiful memories,…due largely in part to her devout faith in God and its central focus on her journey. Also imparting a wisdom and teaching that was unmatched by any, Agnes so enjoyed feeding her faith by watching her dear friend and sister, Mother Angelica on the Catholic Channel, EWTN. Mother Angelica's ministry meant the world to Agnes and kept her grounded amidst life's ebb & flow.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother, Agnes leaves behind her own unique legacy of love and kindness, a sense of the ministry that was solely hers. She touched a multitude of hearts and souls in her journey this side of Heaven, may she now enjoy the bounty that Heaven affords on the other side. And until that day when we're all called up yonder,…rest in peace, dear sister.

Agnes was the beloved wife of the late Charles Natale Giacona. Dear mother of Mario (Marian) Giacona and Gerard (Tressa) Giacona. Loving grandmother of Charles (Kendra) Giacona, Matthew (Nikki) Giacona, Mariesa (Ryan) Szczepanski, Emily (Nickolas) Jackson, Nicholas (Maria Gabriella) Giacona, Alex (Kelly) Giacona, Vincent (Jessica) Giacona, Anthony Giacona, and great-grandmother of Dominic, Brody, Mario, Valentina, Yianni, Natalia, Ryan, Kenzie, Lucas, and Zachary.

Agnes will lie in state 9:00 am, with her Funeral Mass 10:00 am, on Saturday, September 8th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 54045 Schoenherr Road in Shelby Township.

Burial will follow the Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren.

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