Marie-Françoise Pineau (neé Duval), 74, of 2974 Scenic Ridge Loop, Las Cruces, N.M., died at 8:35 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Tallahassee, Fla. after a tough battle with cancer. She was born in Eu, Seine-Maritime (Normandy) France, on Jan. 9, 1936, the firstborn of Pierre Duval and Antoinette Duval Farinole. Her early childhood was in Nazi-Occupied France. Her mother and father had her brother Philippe once Pierre returned from a POW camp in 1945. Marie-Françoise attended administrative college in Paris in 1961 prior to being courted by Kenneth Francis Pineau while he was with the USAF stationed outside of Paris, France in the early 1960s. Marie-Françoise moved to Manhattan, N.Y. where she lived for a year before they married on Aug. 29, 1964 in Boston, Mass. On Oct. 15, 1965, Marie-Françoise and Kenneth had their only child, Daniel F. Pineau. As a career (30-year) USAF meteorologist, the family of three lived abroad from 1969 - 1982 (Spain, Germany) when they returned to the U.S., finally to claim Naples Fla. as their home. Marie-Françoise and Kenneth subsequently moved to Las Cruces in 2002. Marie-Françoise was always a devoted Catholic and is today survived by her husband (Kenneth), her son (Daniel) her daughter-in-law (Meredith), her mother (Antoinette Duval Farinole (99)) and her five grandchildren (David (13), Sophie (11), Mirabella (10), Ava-Kay (8), and Jack-Douglas (5). Marie-Françoise cherished her many friendships in Las Cruces and those she left behind are grateful and humbled by those who cared for her – as she cared for them. Funeral mass will be at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 900 W. Tennessee St. in Tallahassee, Fla. She will be interred following the mass in a private family graveside cemetery performed by Monsignor Mike Tugwell. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made in memory of Marie-Françoise Pineau to Covenant Hospice of Tallahassee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 150. Tallahassee, FL 32308. Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the Pineau family.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 11, 2012