Mary Ann

Pancheshan (age 86)

October 31, 2020

Mary Ann (Kachovee) Pancheshan, 86, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born on May 30, 1934 in Hamtramck, Michigan. Mary Ann was an avid reader, well-traveled, enjoyed word searches, listening to music and spending time with her family. Mary Ann was a dedicated, hard-working, generous and strong mother that treasured her family and friends. She had a vivacious personality and made friends everywhere she went. She graduated from Girls Catholic Central High School in Detroit, received a degree in Education from Marygrove College and earned her law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. She was in education for 40 years and taught fourth grade at Dickinson West in Hamtramck for most of her career. She valued education and had a passion for teaching children. When Mary Ann was not teaching or at church, she spent her time volunteering in her community at the Capuchin and St. Ladislaus soup kitchens as giving back was something she took pride in. Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Alex Pancheshan and sister Kathleen Hoeft. She is survived by her son Gary (Melissa) Pancheshan, daughter Anne Marie (Joe) Vecchio, sister Jackie, her grandchildren Brandon, Gillian, Alex and Nicolas, great-grandchildren Lucas and Madison, many nieces and nephews, and a circle of lifelong friends who cherish her memory and celebrate her love for life.

Family invites friends for a visitation on Tuesday, November 3, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Jurkiewicz and Wilk Funeral Home, 2396 Caniff, Hamtramck. Mary Ann will lie in state Wednesday, November 4, at 9 am until time of funeral mass at 10:00 am at Saint Ladislaus Church, 2730 Caniff Street, Hamtramck MI 48212. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit immediately following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Mary Ann to: Bishop Foley High School, Madison Heights, Michigan to support Catholic Education

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Tuesday November 3, 2020 from 4 – 8 PM

Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home (map)
2396 Caniff
Hamtramck MI 48212

Funeral service
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Lying in state at 9 AM until time of funeral mass at 10 AM.

St. Ladislaus Catholic Church (map)
2730 Caniff
Hamtramck MI 48212

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Immediately following mass

Mount Olivet Cemetery (map)
2730 Caniff
Hamtramck MI 48212