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Agnes Martina Misangyi

November 12, 1923 May 18, 2010
Agnes Martina Misangyi
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Obituary for Agnes Martina Misangyi

Agnes (Chris) Martina Pitschko was born in 1923 in Rinkenberg, Austria. She was an only child and lived most of her life with her mother.

Many refugees came to Austria during and after the war, and while working at a sewing machine factory, Chris met her first husband, Vilmos Misangyi. They had a baby girl named Margit, and lived in an attic belonging to friends in Schladming, Austria. They eventually came to America and joined family in Detroit, Michigan. Chris learned English, had a son, Peter, and adapted to a new life. Later, when both children were in school, Chris decided to finish school, went on to enroll at Oakland Community College and received her BA and teaching certificate. She worked at Farmington High School as both a German and English teacher. She continued her studies toward a Master's in Guidance and Counseling. Throughout all of this time Chris developed her skills as an artist, painting with watercolors, oils and acrylic and giving the finished work to friends. She also wrote poetry and entered several contests which she often won. Unfortunately, in 1981 her husband, Vilmos, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he died quite quickly. This left Chris in a beautiful home on Lake Michigan to which they had retired. After a couple of years, Chris opened "Haus Austrian", a bed and breakfast on Omena Point. This kept her busy during at least half the year. She also visited her daughter in Hawaii each Christmas holiday. This gave her both comfort and company and she was able to spend quality time with her two grandsons, Jameson and Nicolas. The rest of the year she was able to spend time with her son Peter's children, Kristin and Michael, in Michigan. After nine years of running Haus Austrian, she moved back downstate to Farmington Hills. While living there she met Bob Foley and fell in love. They built a home in Florida and spent many years traveling between that home and Bob's lovely place near Houghton Lake. She was very happy during this time, painting, enjoying warm weather in Florida, watching and feeding the deer in Houghton Lake, and generally basking in the comfort of a man who loved her dearly. She also continued to write poetry and paint. In October of 2009 she moved to Ashley Court, a lovely memory care facility. Unfortunately, she became ill and passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

She is survived by her son Peter Misangyi and his children, Kristin and Michael; daughter Margit Misangyi Watts and her children, Jameson and Nicolas, and a myriad of other grandchildren and great grandchildren in both America and Hungary.

Burial will take place Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 2010 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be made in Agnes' name for staff appreciation at Ashley Court of Brighton, 7400 Challis Road, Brighton, MI 48116 with checks made payable to Wanda Tanis, Activity Director.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons at 810.229.2905.

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