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“To My Mother: Mom, when you met and married my Dad, you planted the tree that became our family. The roots were strong and the limbs were many. As...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Christine Paonessa Wylie

“I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to learn of Mrs. Paonessa's passing. I, of course, remember Mrs. Paonessa from a variety of social...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Renee Dalton

“Once there was five of us in this realm and now three have left this world for a better place. Elsie, when you see Lotus and Ed, be sure to join...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Deacon Ray W. Allor

“Phil & Diane- So sorry to hear of the recent loss of Phil's Mom. I trust the comfort of the Holy Spirit will be with you in this valley. You are so...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Gwenn Zalecki

“My condolences on the passing of your mother. You can comfort yourself in the knowledge that she is with the Lord and you will be reunited with her...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Eugene F. Groesbeck

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your family member (Wife, Mom. grandma) Elsie. It is very difficult losing a loved one and they will be missed...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: The Thero Family

“My deepest sympathies to the family although I have few memories of Aunt Elsie I do remember her smile. I wish I had more. Sending my love and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Bernadette Allor

“Phil and Tom: May memories of her warm your heart all your days. Debbie (Young) Henderson ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Debra (Young) Henderson - SC

“Our sincerest condolences on your loss to the Paonessa family. We grieve with you and celebrate the life of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother....Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michael & Mary Cassady

“Dear Paonessa Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Wife and Mother. Memeroies of your mother will be with me forever. I will...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Susan and Tom Baker

“Dear Paonessa Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Wife and Mother. Memeroies of your mother will be with me forever. I will...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Susan and Tom Baker

“Sympathy and prayers to the entire Paonessa family. Elsie was an amazing lady, and an inspiration. She was a wonderful neighbor and my girl scout...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lynn Marlin Hodur

“We are very sorry for your loss, our hearts and our prayers are with you. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Keith & Barb Turner

“so sorry for your loss. i always liked your mom. so cool that they used to play games with you at family events. i didn't know her middle name was...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: tony and lynne itria

“Tom, Maria and I want you to know that our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We wish we could make it down, but will...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Michael and Maria Butler


Elsie Amelia Paonessa (nee: Allor), age 83 of Warren, Michigan was promoted into eternal life on Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Elsie was born January 29, 1929 in Grosse Pointe Farms, the daughter of Raymond William Allor and Rose Elizabeth (nee: Covert) Allor and was joined in Holy matrimony with Anthony Thomas Paonessa on September 20th, 1947.

A 50 plus year resident of Warren, Elsie never lived more than 10 miles from the farms her family had settled in the 18th century. While raising her six children, Elsie worked from her home as a seamstress creating everything from draperies to wedding gowns. Her quilts, ceramics, and other crafts earned her dozens of State Fair ribbons as well as positions of honored display in the homes of family and friends. Always ready to help, Elsie was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, volunteer worker with cancer patients, catechism teacher, classroom mom, adult reading volunteer, and the first contact whenever a neighborhood child was hurt. Besides her ancestry from the original families of Grosse Poinnte, Elsie traced her descent from the first families of New York, Boston and Quebec, earning her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Elsie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Tom Paonessa; brothers Raymond (Mary) Allor Jr. and Leonard Allor; sister in law Jeanne Vernier; daughter Christine (William) Wylie; sons Thomas (Diana) Paonessa, Philip (Diane) Paonessa, Daniel (Cynthia) Paonessa, Joseph (Janis) Paonessa; grandchildren Tony Boldrey, Joe (Brandy) Benedict, Amy Engle, Jennifer Mason, Beth (Dan) Mathews, Kathy (Joe) Schaeffer, Angela (Ryan) Reynolds, Debbie (Chris) Luckstead, Rachel (Matt) Parker, Ryan (Kassondra) Paonessa, Andy Paonessa, Jake Paonessa, Anthony Paonessa and Jason Paonessa. Great-grandchildren, Karissa Mason, Cassie Benedict, Abigail Benedict, Kaelyn Parker, Caedon Mathews, and Cillian Reynolds; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her extended family of Carol West, Shonna Trameri, Kathleen Corey and Laura Stokes who provided her with comfort and dignity as she prepared for her return to Heaven. Elsie was predeceased by her parents; stepmother Hazel (Fleury) Allor; daughter, Linda; sister, Lotus; sister in law, Barb Allor and step brother, Edmund Vernier.

Visitation for Elsie will be Wednesday 3-9pm with a 7:30pm Funeral Service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ' Mile Road).

Flowers are welcomed, or donations may be made in the memories of either Elsie A. Paonessa or Linda J. Paonessa to: A True Blue Dog Rescue, 53151 Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield, MI 48051 - (586) 563-4127. Your donations to this rescue are tax-deductible.

Please share memories of Elsie at her guestbook.