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Janis Stanton-Peterson Obituary
STANTON-PETERSON, JANIS KAY; 65; of New Baltimore; died January 7, 2014. Jan was a leader in the stroke and aphasia community of metro Detroit. A native of Warren, she graduated from Cousino High School, studied cosmetology, and eventually became head of a three-state sales force for Roux Revlon. In her early thirties, she developed an AVM near the center of her brain, requiring a surgery that saved her life, but left her partially paralyzed and with speech difficulty. Jan became active in the Cane and Able stroke-support group before starting her own organization closer to home in Macomb County through Henry Ford Hospital. New Beginnings, which she led for more than a decade, provided support and encouragement to hundreds of stroke survivors. Jan was featured in news stories, books, and films, and spoke before large gatherings of patients and doctors. In 1998, Jan was named Michigan Stroke Victor of the Year by American Heart Association. Jan was also an artist. She taught pottery to children with disabilities, painted watercolors that won state honors, and sculpted angels that were exhibited and sold at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Through New Beginnings, Jan met the love of her life, Mike Peterson. They married on May 8, 2010, days after she was diagnosed with cancer. They renewed their vows on December 30, 2013, while Jan was in hospice. Jan's loving spirit and kind heart will be missed by the many whose lives she touched. She is survived by her husband, Mike; her father, Joseph Stanton; siblings, Joe (Connie) Stanton, Tom (Beth Bagley) Stanton, and Colleen (Michael) Rudi; nieces and nephews, Andrea (Matt), Amanda (Sarah), Shawn, Zack (Molly), Taylor, William, Riley, and Landen; the adult children of her husband, Ed, (Theo), Teri, and Mike Peterson; and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother, Betty Stanton. A Memorial Celebration of Jan's Life will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Chesterfield. Arrangements by Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore.
Published in The Voice on Jan. 15, 2014
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