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Patrice Palermino

September 29, 1958 ~ March 27, 2021 (age 62)


Palermino, Patrice, age 62, Passed away March 27, 2021. Beloved wife of James Quell. Devoted mother of Michael (Tina), Robert (Ashley) and Steven (Ava) Quell. Proud grandmother of Sadie, Graham, Elliot Quell. Dear sister of Debra (Don) Connor and Leonard W. (Maureen) Palermino. Dear aunt of Colin (Erica) Connor, Caitlin (Jason) Schlaff, Matthew (Jesica) Garavaglia and Casey Palermino, Also other nieces and nephews. Cherished daughter of Beverly and the late Leonard S. Palermino. Daughter in law of Virginia ( the late Bernard) Quell. Dear sister in law of Jerry (the late Donna) and Tom (Elizabeth) Quell and Rose (Frank) Defever.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 21100 Madison Street, St. Clair Shores, Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM. A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.

A Zoom Rosary (requires download and installation of Zoom Software) will be held April 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM. To join, please follow the link: Patrice's Rosary

Patrice, or Patty or Auntie, as so many others called her, was one of a kind.  Passionate about friends and family.  Effusive in her support and care for others.  Selfless in her ways.  She had a passion for travel, and owned and operated Professional Travel with her cousin, Angela Palermino, for several years.  Her business afforded her trips around the globe with friends and family, often to destinations to engage in her favorite hobby, SCUBA diving.  Patrice left the travel business to pursue her second passion of teaching, eventually lending her enthusiasm, patience and skill to second graders at Greenwood Elementary School.  Students fortunate enough to have Mrs. Palermino found a compassionate – tough but eminently fair – teacher, who refused to let a single student fall behind and worked tirelessly to instill her love of reading in each of them.  Her pursuit for excellent education in the community didn’t end in her own classroom. Following in her late father’s footsteps, she was an active board member of the Lakeshore Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Patty loved her cats, to cycle, to cheer on her MSU Spartans, to play (though not very well) piano, and to know every detail about her large and loving Italian and Polish family.  Most of all, she loved Jim.  A late bloomer in love, she found Jim in her 50s and they settled into their home in St. Clair Shores.  Together they enjoyed their mutual zeal for the Spartans, exploring area shops and restaurants, and traveling to visit Jim’s boys in Chicago, South Carolina, and in Ann Arbor.  She was lucky to have found such a caring and loving husband even though cancer ended their story too soon.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lakeshore Foundation for Educational Excellence, the American Cancer Society,  the American Humane Society and the Capuchins Soap Kitchen. A celebration of life will be held in Patty's honor this summer.


Recitation of the Rosary
April 8, 2021

5:00 PM

Funeral Mass
April 10, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church
21100 Madison St.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081


Lakeshore Foundation for Educational Excellence

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

Michigan Humane Society
30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4507

Capuchin Soup Kitchen
1820 Mount Elliot Street, Detroit MI 48207

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