Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI


Ellen Daly Venos

September 27, 1944September 4, 2019

VENOS, Ellen Daly, age 74, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, passed September 4, 2019. Ellen was born to Joseph and Katherine Feinstein, September 27, 1944, in Camden, New Jersey. She graduated from Detroit Our Lady of Mercy High School in 1962 and received a Pastoral Care Degree from the University of Notre Dame. She married Peter Venos in 1964, and they lived together in Grand Blanc, Michigan for over 50 years. She leaves as her legacy three children: Michael Venos (Angela), Jim Venos, and Cari Downs (John). She also leaves to cherish her memory ten grandchildren, and her sister Joanne Stein (Mark). Because of her willingness to alwayskeep her door unlocked, countless others would also claim her as their second mom or grandma. Her children remember her as a loving mother, doting grandmother and a faithful servant who could light up a room with her beautiful smile and wry sense of humor. Ellen was the Director of Religious Education at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc until she retired in 2013 and was passionate about affecting the most positive change in people by bringing them to Christ. She was a regular at Sunday Massand was never fully happy unless she was sitting and cheering at one of her grandchildren’s swim meets, lacrosse games, wrestling matches, football or soccer games. She was also a lifelong Tigers fan. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2019 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Hill Funeral Home 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI with a Scripture Service being prayed at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1227 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, MI. With instate visitation from 9:30 am till the time of service. A reception will immediately follow at the Jewel of Grand Blanc, 5270 Perry Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. Ellen’s wish was that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 29777 Telegraph Rd, Suite #1651, Southfield, MI. 48304 or donating on line at: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=55995&55995.donation=form1 Condolences may be left on-line at www.hillfh.com


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Scripture Service Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2019


Ellen Daly Venos

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Brad Jolly

September 14, 2019

I will always remember Ellen as a cheerful, loving woman who was invariably warm and hospitable. Her strong faith was a great influence in my own faith journey, and I will miss her greatly.

Tami Porras (Topous)

September 7, 2019

The world has lost a great one, but heaven has gained an angel. Sending prayers of peace and healing to you, Pete, and the family. Ellen was such a dear friend to my mom and Tom. I still have the bandana she signed for my MS150 bike ride from Houston to Austin. I’ll always remember her sweet and witty spirit!!

David & Sam Abu-Shakra

September 6, 2019

A great loss! Ellen was a symbol of true Christian love and a saintly woman. We learned a lot from her, and she leaves behind her a legacy that will be remembered for a very long time. Our deepest sympathy to Peter and the family. May she rest in God's heavenly peace in a world where there is no more pain and no more anguish!

Art Ridley

September 6, 2019

So sorry to hear about your loss Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Art & Kathy Ridley

Jeffrey Houck

September 6, 2019

One of the most beautiful people who ever lived, charming, funny, smart, and lots of class. Love You Ellen and the entire Venos family!

Joanne Stein

September 5, 2019

As Ellen's sister, 6 years and 3 months her senior, I had written much about her birth, her ancestors, and her experiences of a very unstable life, which I shared, too. I wrote about her town, Camden, New Jersey. and included the very great American poet who spent his last 17 or 18 years in Camden: Walt Whitman. This is how I ended:

Ellen and I should never have sat together for any solemn occasion because we would always find something hysterically funny nearly to enter a coma over. Visiting me in the hospital once, I introduced Ellen, in her wheelchair, to my 15-year-old resident—he looked 12—by saying, “My sister would be a stand-up comic except she can’t stand up.” The poor fellow looked suspiciously from one of us to the other. Meanwhile Peter was falling off his perch in another part of the room, laughing his head off. Ellen and I hadn’t even begun the real stuff yet.

When I left Ellen on Sunday night, I asked her whether she would like me to send her an angel, a member of a group I have little influence with these days, but I didn’t tell Ellen this because I figured that one of them would come for her sake. Later, I wondered which angel did come to accompany her on her newest journey.

Most angels are actually within us, though, not outside of us, and, of the host of all of you here, all of you whose angel-selves came at different times through the last, brutal years of Ellen’s life, I would like to risk naming two: PETER, about whom nothing can be said because only everything would say it, and ANGELA, born already a fully fledged angel, who many, many times made my sister’s life not just bearable, not just agreeable, but actually, on many occasions, enjoyable.

Thank you, and I want to believe my sister is also here somewhere to thank you, too.

Rob Mince

September 5, 2019

"Saint Ellen" was like a surrogate mom to me when I was in high school. She and Pete understood my situation and somehow found a way to help me thru it without putting any requirements on their support. I remember Ellen's sense of humor and how she laughed when I took a page from Mike's play book and said at dinner one night, "Mike, I don't know why you say your mom is such a bad cook. I think this food is great!" She would try to teach us such things weren't funny, but that's hard to do when you're laughing under your breath like she was. Most importantly, Ellen talked me out of quitting the swim team in my senior year of high school, even though I thought I had total justification for doing so (being a below average swimmer who really needed to be earning money for college.) I remember cursing her to Mike the next day in practice, but I wouldn't change that decision for the world, and no-one would have helped me get there besides Ellen. I'm forever grateful she was in my life when she was.

Melissa Danan Rilko

September 5, 2019

Undoubtedly Ellen was the kindest soul on earth. She has made more of an impact on me than any other woman in the world. Peter, your marriage is an inspiration to us all. You were devoted to each other beyond compare. We all know where Ellen is right now, that is for sure.
All my love to you Peter. Love, Melissa Danan Rilko, Eric, Lara, Amelia and Claire.

Terese O'Callaghan Knight

September 5, 2019

Pete and family - you will be in my thoughts and prayers. My memories of Ellen always bring a smile to my face and quite often a chuckle!! All the memories of youth softball, RCIA and just friendly gatherings!! I have missed you all since I moved away and will try and make it Saturday to share in the funeral. Either way, please know you will always be in my prayers!! Ellen is certainly dancing with the angels!!