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Mary Jo Henry

March 21, 1931 May 8, 2018
Mary Jo Henry
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Obituary for Mary Jo Henry

In loving memory of Mary Jo Henry…

Every day of her life, Mary Jo gave Glory to God.

As a woman known for her listening ear (to God and to others), heartfelt prayers and genuine laughter…Mary Jo experienced deep joy from simple things: a good cup of coffee, chocolate fudge, a large-print library book, a Stephen Segal movie, bumpy cake, an intense conversation about Pope Francis, or recent world news.

She made her husband Bob, and every one of her 10 children and 18 grandchildren feel appreciated and worthy of the utmost attention. Handwritten cards, loving phone calls, and heartfelt questions about the details of life were the norm from her. Sincerity was one of Mary Jo’s greatest virtues…always reminding us that each day was a gift from God.

As a substitute teacher for Holy Name, St. Regis. St. Hugo, Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Bede’s, Mary Jo loved all her students and willingly shared her passion for the Catholic faith as a talented communicator. Her experience as a mother of 10 made her a battle-tested and eager substitute. Students’ tricks to change lessons plans, eliminate assignments or alter the dress code were no match for Mary Jo.

Mary Jo read volumes of books by spiritual writers and especially loved the Franciscans, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Christian Brothers of Ireland. The Jesuits though…they were on another level. She could not say enough good things about the Jesuits, Pope Francis or the teachings of St. Ignatius.

As a graduate from the University of Detroit, Mary Jo carried the Jesuit motto of “All for the Glory of God” with her for the rest of her life. When she secured a part-time position helping call and greet retreatants at Manresa Retreat House, she felt it was a special calling from God… one that placed her in the center of a dutiful and intellectually challenging community devoted to giving thanks for God’s Glory.

Mary Jo used the phrase “Glory Be to God” in a variety of contexts…if someone broke a window, stopped too quickly in the car with her as a passenger, shot a game winning free throw, passed with a C or earned honors, or if she saw a beautiful sunset over the shores of Lake Michigan.

She accompanied her husband Bob as a fellow road dog on his non-traditional path through life. He laughed and cried with her. He was often hard for her to find, but he supported her in the significant task of raising ten children and sending every one of them to Catholic grade schools and high schools.

EVERY DAY was a gift for our Mom and grandma. Her presence in our lives was her gift to us. We are so blessed to have seen and shared in the glory she gave to God.

Mary Jo is survived by her children, Robert (Margaret McNiven) Henry, Brian (Beth) Henry, Mary Kay (Paula Macchello) Henry, Tom (Mary Beth) Henry, Mike (Patty) Henry, Mary Jo Warner, Susan Couturier, Patty (James) King, John Henry, and Mark Henry. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kate Henry, Matt (Melissa) Henry, Michael (Mary Ellen) Henry, Mary Brigid Henry, Brian Henry, Molly Henry, Kevin Henry, Todd Warner, Joey Warner, Kelly Warner, Mackenzie Henry, Madison Henry, Tommy Henry, Abby King, Maggie King, James King, Haley Henry, and Brady Henry and brother, Jerry Maurer. Mary Jo is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Henry and brother, Hank Maurer.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Sunday, May 13th, 3-7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, Monday, May 14th at 1pm. Friends may visit at church beginning at 12:30pm.

A reception in Mary Jo's memory will be held at Manresa Retreat House immediatly following Mass.

Memorials appreciated to Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304.

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