Passing of Janet Saponaro

Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary are saddened to inform that Janet Saponaro passed to the Lord on January 22, 2021.  Janet was a faith-filled woman with a generous spirit.  She led bible reflections at adult care homes along East Grand Blvd in Detroit and participated in a monthly faith gathering at the Capuchin soup kitchen for persons from these homes.  Her mother Margaret was Janet’s sidekick at the Capuchin soup kitchen and at HVM teas.  Janet was someone you could call on to open her home to the homeless or problem teen.

For more than ten years, Janet was an active member of the Sisters, Home visitors of Mary fundraising committee. She is known for her fancy, English bone tea cups and delicious finger sandwiches that graced the annual teas.   Janet loved to check out resale shops and garage sales, especially for art work; many items made it to the Home Visitors auction table at the annual fund raiser for the Nigerian Mission.  We remember Janet sitting on the floor  preparing items to showcase at the auction.

Janet also helped at St. Raymond parish, her childhood  parish, bringing her skills as an early childhood teacher in the Detroit public school system.  She was always present in her quiet way; she gave, she cared.   She lives in our hearts and with the Lord.

Obituary for Janet Saponaro

Age 73 January 22, 2021
Loving daughter of the late Joseph and the late Margaret Saponaro. Dear sister of Judith (Larry) Calcaterra. Also survived by her nephews; Larry (Laura), Matt (Carrie) and Mike (Stacy) and her great nieces and nephews; Amelia, Christina, Michael Jr., Caroline, Charlie, Courtney, William and Audrey. Janet was a devoted elementary school teacher for Detroit Public Schools for 33 years. Donations preferred to Sisters Home Visitors of Mary ( Visitation Monday 2-5pm. Instate Tuesday 11:30am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 22415 Overlake St., St. Clair Shores, MI. until 12:00pm Mass. Share memories with the family “On-Line Guestbook”  at