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Ruth M. Huslebus
May 17, 1924 - January 11, 2013
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ROCKFORD--Ruth Marie Drunasky was born on May 17, 1924, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was the fourth child and third daughter of Louis Drunasky and Charlotte Manly Drunasky. Owners of a dairy farm, the couple had six children: Robert (Buster), twins Beatrice (Bea) and Bernadine, Ruth, Mary Ellen and Rodney.
When Ruth was only 15, her mother, Charlotte, died of ovarian cancer. Soon after the death of her mother, her father, Louis, was hit and killed by a train in an accident. Ruth went on to graduate from Sun Prairie High School and during World War II she started business school. But jobs were plentiful during the war and she decided to take a position at a bank in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ruth met her husband, Robert (Bob) Hulsebus, through friends shortly after he returned from his service in World War II. The two were married at St. Patrick's church in Madison on July 3, 1946. Early in their marriage Ruth became ill and, through a recommendation, sought treatment at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic in Davenport, Iowa. Under chiropractic care Ruth regained her health and Bob was inspired to enroll at the Palmer School of Chiropractic under the G.I. Bill.
During his studies, Bob pitched in a semi-pro softball league and Ruth took a job at a development company and quickly became a valued employee. They lived in Palmerton, a small trailer community, and made many friends there. Shortly after the birth of their first son, Roger, in 1949, the family moved to Bryon, Illinois, where they would live for over 30 years.
They were 75 miles from family but soon made friends with other WWII veterans with their wives who had also come to Byron to start businesses. Bob became Byron's first chiropractor and Ruth took in laundry and worked at the office. They waited six weeks for their first patient. That patient complained that her present chiropractor went from charging two dollars to three dollars per visit and was no longer using a gown. Not having any gowns for patients, they used one of Ruth's and charged her $2.75 for the visit.
Within the next six years two more sons were born: Michael (Mike) in 1951 and James (Jim) in 1955. During these years the practice grew and while Bob worked on patients, Ruth ran the business side of the practice. When she retired she was doing the bookkeeping and payroll for three offices. She was a passionate advocate of chiropractic and a steadfast supporter of her husband's lifelong professional advocacy.
Ruth was respected in her circles and active in her community. She became the first women elected to the Byron School Board after she was urged by teachers to run. In addition, she went on to help bring Meals on Wheels to Byron and was one of the founders of the Byron Library.
Ruth was a dedicated mother who spent lots of time with her three sons. She was a room mother at school, an altar boy mother at church and a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was a trusted counselor for all three of her spirited (to put it mildly) sons. She helped with her sons' paper routes and kept them in line.
Ruth created a welcoming home where all her sons' friends gathered to play baseball and basketball, swim, boat, play pool and have fun. Later, when their children were grown, the family home in Byron became a gathering place for their adult children, spouses and grandchildren. Summers and holidays were especially lively.
Ruth was a favorite aunt to many of her nieces and nephews. She became affectionately known as "Aunt Bootie" after one of her nieces called her that when she had trouble pronouncing Ruthie.
Ruth and her husband traveled to many parts of the world and belonged to numerous clubs including golf, dance and bridge. They had a second home on the east coast of Florida for more than 30 years and made many friends there.
Eventually Ruth and Bob moved from their beloved home in Byron to be closer to family in Freeport, IL. In 1995, Bob passed away after 49 years of marriage to Ruth.
For the last few years of her life she lived in Rockford, Illinois, at Siena. As was always the case, she made a lot of friends there. She befriended not only the residents but staff and care givers as well. She made one very special relationship while there with Valli Williams, her primary care giver. They began to have a weekly brunch and it was a relationship that Ruth treasured.
Ruth died peacefully surrounded by her sons on Friday, January 11, 2013, in Rockford, Illinois.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Robert and Rodney and sisters, Bernadine and Mary Ellen, husband, Dr. Robert L. Hulsebus (1995), and grandchild, James Nanninga (1993). She is survived by sons: Dr. Roger (Dianne Parvin) Hulsebus of Rockford, IL, Dr. Mike (Cindy) Hulsebus of Fontana, WI, Dr. Jim (Deirdre) Hulsebus of Caledonia, IL; sister: Bea Barth of Sun Prairie, WI; grandchildren: Dr. Tara (Paul) Theisen of Freeport, IL, Sage (Jon Rose) Hulsebus of Silver Spring, MD, Robin (Kevin) Mayer of Lisle, IL, Jeremy Nanninga of Muscatine, IA, Dr. Brant (Melinda) Hulsebus of Rockford, IL, Cory (Aaron) Park of Rockford, IL, Dr. Ryan (Melissa) Hulsebus of Machesney Park, IL, Dr. Kyle (Shanti) Hulsebus of Caledonia, IL, Brett Hulsebus of Lake Zurich, IL and Scott Hulsebus of Caledonia, IL, Brad (Natalie) Parvin of Rockford, IL and Andrea (John) Weber of Dallas, TX and great-grandchildren: Brock, Ava, Ivy, Catarina, Devon, Carter, Elizabeth, Caroline, Amelia, Julia, Mackenzie, Courtney, Kaitlin, Trenton and Carson.
Christian funeral mass will be held Thursday January 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Byron. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St, Byron. Memorials in Ruth's name may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church, Byron.
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Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Heiland
December 7, 1942 - February 17, 2015
Islandia I, Apt 1609
Elizabeth (Betty) Mary Heiland a resident of Jensen Beach, Florida and Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, formerly of the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Treasure Coast Hospice. She was 72 years old. Elizabeth was born December 7, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John Joseph Schick and the late Elizabeth M. Schick (nee - Downey). She is the beloved wife of Robert J. Heiland; Mother of Daniel J. Heiland and Robert C. Heiland. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and John Schick.
Betty was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia. She attended St. Martin of Tours and was a 1961 graduate of Little Flower High School. She went to work for Bell Telephone after school and Sears on Roosevelt Boulevard. Betty went back to school to become a licensed Hair Dresser and started her own salon “Glamourous U” in the Fox Chase Section of Philadelphia. She later went to work for Proctor and Gamble before retiring. Betty met Robert at a party in 1958. They fell in love and were married in September of 1963 at St. Martin of Tours Parish. They raised their sons in Fox Chase. After retirement they spent ten years in Las Vegas, NV. They moved to Huntingdon Valley, PA and Jensen Beach, FL in 2010. Betty loved to travel and spend her time with the family and friends.
Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. and prayer service at 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Relatives and friends were also invited to her Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111 www.stceciliafc.org. Her graveside service followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038.
Religious services were conducted by Father Thomas M. Higgins from Holy Innocents Parish.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement (Cancer Research), 125 South 9th Street, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Family flowers arranged by Sally’s Flowers 215-722-4500.
ARTHUR H. VIDMAR passed away peacefully in FL Nov. 13, 2013, at the age of 76. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Loretta. Son of John (deceased) and Sylvia Vidmar. Father of Nadine (Tab) Berg, David (Judy), Andy (Beth) and Kevin Vidmar. Grandfather of Noah and Gavin Berg, Casey, Cody, Alexis, Christina, Gabrielle and Marley Vidmar. Son-in-law of the late Alex and Florence Gruszka. Brother-in-law of Alex (deceased) (Diana) and Danny Gruszka, and the late Bernie (John) Collins. Art also leaves behind special friend Joan Kohn and her family.
A long time resident of Northfield, OH, before retiring to Jensen Beach, FL. Art served in the U.S. Army, playing drums, before becoming the 2nd generation owner of South End Hardware. He also started ABA Machinery during that time. An avid boater, Art had been a member of the Cedar Point Yacht Club, and the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club, in FL. Art spent his retirement in FL playing cards, playing croquet, and traveling the world. Before passing, he was President of the Croquet Club at the Yacht & Country Club of Stuart.
A memorial service will be held at 5 pm, Dec. 14, 2013, in Jensen Beach, FL, at the Islandia Bldg #1, 9550 S. Ocean Blvd, 34957.
Donations in Art’s name may be made to Hospice of the Treasure Coast, 5090 NW Dunn Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.
We realize that some of you may not be able to attend the memorial because of holiday plans,
but we would love it if you would send a note regarding a thought or two regarding my dad.
We are hoping to share of glimpse of the Florida side of Art to the grandchildren.
Robert (Bob) Mohr
1926 - November 29, 2013
MOHR, ROBERT GLEN Ada Robert Glen Mohr age 87 of Ada, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, November 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Barbara (Withrow) Mohr, children Rick (Linda) Mohr, Charlene (Lou) Quinn, Jody (Jeffrey) Miller; grandchildren Robyn (Dan) Burns, Dana (Bryan) Foltice, Cody, Carly Quinn and Tyler, Carter Miller; great grandchildren Dylan, Brady Foltice and Avery Burns.
Bob was a Navy veteran serving in World War II. He worked as the Director of Product Engineering and later as the Director of Research and Development for Steelcase retiring after 25 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards and golfing. Bob was a devoted Christian and a member of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday December 14, 2013 at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 7495 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Visitation will be from 11 - 12 and lunch will be served after the Memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Parkinson's Foundation in his name at:
http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/Events/General?pxfid=15540&fr id=1080&pg=fund or 1-800-473-4636. The family is being served by:
Published in Grand Rapids Press from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8, 2013
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Margaret "Peg" L. Mulak
June 9th, 1919 - December 13th, 2013
Apartment #1203, Islandia I
Margaret L. “Peg” Mulak, 94, of Somers, widow of the late Stanley Mulak (2001), her true love since first grade, entered into eternal peace, Friday Dec. 13, 2013 at the Jewish Nursing Home of Western MA in Longmeadow. Born June 9, 1919 in Springfield, MA, Peg was the daughter of the late Wallace and Mary (Gaudette) Landry.
She had resided in the Somers community for most of her life and was a lifelong member of All Saints Church. She was a graduate of the University of Connecticut earning a B.A. and also earned a degree in Library science from the city of Springfield Library System. Supporting her Alma Mater on the sports front, she was an avid UCONN Women's Basketball fan. Philanthropic and Civic minded, she was always willing to donate her time to the community. Peg had belonged to the Somers Visiting Nurse Assoc., the Somers Women’s Club, the Somers Library Board, the Somers Historical Society, the Somers Seniors Club, the Somers Girl Scouts where she earned her 20 year pin, she was a Friend of the Somers Public Library, and was also a substitute teacher for the Somers Public Schools.
Politically active, Peg was a supporter of the Somers Republican party. She was a Four Town Fair volunteer for the exhibit pavilion for many years and she also was a volunteer for several years at Johnson Memorial Hospital and later joined the Board in 1999 serving until 2007 at which time she was elevated to the honorary Trustee Emeritus position. Peg and Stanley were proud to support numerous expansion and refurbishment efforts within the entire JMMC network.
Peg is survived by two daughters, Christine Heller and her husband Brian of Providence, RI, Mary Ellen McKiernan of Dublin, OH, and Mark Mulak and his wife Christine of Somers; three grandchildren, Justin McKiernan, Edward Mulak, and Robert Mulak.
Visitation will be held Tuesday Dec. 17th from 4-8 p.m. at the Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Somers. Family and friends will gather 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 18th at the Somers Funeral Home for a procession to All Saints Church in Somersville, for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal will be private. Donations in Peg’s memory may be made to Somers Meals on Wheels, C/O the Town of Somers, P.O. 308, Somers, CT 06071, the Somers Public Library, 2 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071, or a local charity of the donor's choice.
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CUNNINGHAM, BETH Elizabeth "Beth" Posey Cunningham, 63, passed away very suddenly on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. She was a second generation Miamian. Born on February 4, 1950, she was the daughter of Vernon & Gail Posey; sister to Jim Posey (Shirley), Linda Smith (Michael), Patty Posey, and Ed Posey (Kathy); aunt to Mike Posey and Kim Stevens.
Beth graduated from St. Rose of Lima, Miami Edison, and the Univ. of Florida.
Through her almost 40-year career in mortgage banking, she was well recognized for her work and became one of the highest-ranking women in her field. Beth loved to travel and will always be remembered for her warm smile, compassionate ways, and sense of humor.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 5pm to 8pm. For more information, please contact email@example.com In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Published in Miami Herald on Dec. 17, 2013
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Edward L. Ewald
Edward L. Ewald, 75, of Jensen Beach, Florida and Canton Township, Michigan, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart, Florida.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, he had been former resident of Jensen Beach, until becoming a “snowbird” in 2000, spending summers in Michigan and wintering on the Atlantic Ocean in Jensen Beach.
Prior to his retirement, he was the Fire Chief of the Redford Township Fire Department in Michigan, where he served for 29 years, and earning the rank of Chief.
Ed served with the United States Army, during the Vietnam War era.
He was a member of Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach and Saint Thomas A’Becket Catholic Church in Canton, Michigan, where he was a member of the Men’s club of the Church.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nancy A. Ewald, of Jensen Beach, and Canton Township; one son, Edward L. Ewald, Jr., of Wixom, Michigan; two daughters, Paula A. Mitera, of Redford Township, and Nicole A. Koviak, of Canton Township; one sister, Barbara J. Burr, of Brighton, Michigan; and nine grandchildren, Joseph Mitera, Kathryn Mitera, Jordan Ewald, Morgan Ewald, Jackson Ewald, Connor Koviak, Cassidy Koviak, Jeffery Koviak, and Jillian Koviak.
Services and Interment will be at a later date in Michigan.
An Online Guestbook is available by visiting www.treasurecoastseawinds.com
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August 18. 2014
Long time friend to so many of us, Barbara Mohr, Islandia I Apartment 909, passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014. Her husband Bob Mohr predeceased her on November 29, 2013. Barbara and Bob were anchors to the Islandia Social and golf scenes at Islandia. From a photographic point of view, it was very tough to get a picture of either one without the other being in the picture. A terrific couple, they will be missed.
Barbara's obituary is below:
Barbara Ann Mohr age 80 of Ada, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, August 18, 2014. She is survived by her children Rick (Linda) Mohr, Charlene (Lou) Quinn, Jody (Jeffrey) Miller; grandchildren Robyn (Dan) Burns, Dana (Bryan) Foltice, Cody, Carly Quinn and Tyler, Carter Miller; great grandchildren Dylan, Brady Foltice and Avery, Sienna Burns. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2013. Barb was a devoted wife and mother who cherished her family, gardening and golf. She was an excellent golfer and had 5 hole-in-ones over her golfing career.
A memorial Service will be held at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church at 12:00 on Saturday September 6, 2014. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00-12:00 and lunch will be served after the service. The church is located at 7495 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Faith Hospice Patient Assistance Fund at: www.faithhospicecare.org.
Funeral Home link: http://www.mjfuneral.com/obits/listnames.php
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John Jack K. Boerema
Boerema, John "Jack" K. Age 85 of Grand Rapids went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his grandson Jack Tyler Boerema. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty; children, Glenes (John) Hamersma, John (Michele) Boerema, Norman (Terri) Boerema; grandchildren, Sam, Maddie, Riley, Tatiana & Anna; brother, Roger (Mary) Boerema.
Jack was a lifelong member of La Grave Avenue Christian Reformed Church. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. A graduate of Michigan State and the University of Michigan, he went on to become a professor and administrator at Grand Rapids Junior College for over 25 years.
He served Kent County for over 32 years as the Treasurer, a Commissioner, and Chairman of the Aeronautics Board. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 am at La Grave Avenue CRC, 107 LaGrave Ave. SE, with Rev. John J. Steigenga officiating.
The family will greet friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Tyler Boerema Endowed Scholarship at Dutton Christian School, 6729 Hanna Lake Avenue SE, Caledonia, MI 49316; or, to the John and Betty Boerema Named Scholarship at Calvin College. - See more at:
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Bernard (Bernie) Wolf
Subject: Number 4
Bernie passed away Easter Morning.
My Mother Passed away 4 years ago the day before Easter.
By the Lunar Calendar- they both chose the same day to exit this planet - on the full Moon of Passover/Easter.
They were 4 years and 4 days apart in age.
Dad died 4 years after mom.
The number Four has to be significant!
According to Numerology, 4 is the most Practical of Numbers. Sheila was extremely pragmatic! I bet the idea was hers.
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Bernie Wolf, long time resident of Islandia I (Apt # 1403), passed away on April 5, 2015. Here seen in a picture with his wife Sheila, who predeceased him on April 23, 2011. Bernie was a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams, a predecessor of the SEALs, and was rightfully proud of his service to our country. He never missed the opportunity each year to let people know about the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce, the link to it is below. He loved to sail, could always be found in the pool doing laps, and was truly a memorable person aound Islandia I.
Bernie will be cremated and placed in the niche at section A-21, Row A, Site 66, with military honors at the South Florida National Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 10, 2015. The address is 6501 South State Road, Lake Worth, Florida 33449
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His full obituary will be posted here when available.
It is with a very heavy heart to tell you that Jules passed away on Sunday night. He had been slowly failing in the last year, but always put up a good front. He liked to say that his body had caught up with his age. I will miss him terribly.
Attached is his obituary that the family wrote.
Jules Rosenfeld, 95, of Jensen Beach, Florida and Egg Harbor Twp, passed away on July 26 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Max and Katie Rosenfeld on April 28, 1920 and raised in Woodbine, N.J.
In December 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent 4 ½ years in the Caribbean and Pacific areas.
After the war, he went into business with his father and over the next
15 years developed a series of laundromats and dry cleaning stores throughout Cape May County. At the same time, he was very active in his community serving time as a councilman and was named Citizen of the Year in 1957. He was also active as a member of the Woodbine Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in developing the local airport.
For the next 40 years, he lived in Margate. He and a partner developed the Groveland Center in Somers Point. He also became director of the Citizens National Bank and was named “Director of the Year” in 1970. He has been a long time member of Temple Emeth Shalom and Great Bay Country Club.
Participating in sports was a big part of his life and he excelled in all of them- baseball, racquetball, bowling, tennis, and lastly golf. At the age of 80 he shot his age. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. He and his wife spent 16 happy years traveling in their motor home visiting every continental state and parts of Mexico and Canada.
He is predeceased by his daughters Nancy and Sally. Jules is survived by June, his loving wife of 65 years, his daughters Janet Bishop (Bob), Shana Phelan (Peter) and son Blair (Janeisy) and 5 grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Bishop, Kyle and Ryan Rosenfeld, and Kyra Phelan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey, Williamstown High School, 700 North Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094.
Home address is 74 Burnside Drive, Egg Harbor TWP, NJ 08234
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Gloria Ann (Dodie) Hedges
July 30, 1925 - July 23, 2015
HEDGES, Gloria A. age 89 passed away July 23, 2015. Loving wife of the late George for 45 years. Caring mother of Georgia (Robert) Burgess, Patrick (Kathleen), Kathryn (Richard) Rychlik, David (Linda), John (Susan), James (Donna), William (Ana), Janet (Brian) VandeBerg, and Susan (Craig) Rigby. Cherished grandmother of 25 and great grandmother of 15.
Visitation Monday 4pm-8pm at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills. In state 10am Tuesday until time of Funeral Mass 11am at St. Owen Catholic Church, 6869 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and National Parkinson’s Foundation.
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Grace C. Mirabella
May 20, 1931 - August 7, 2015
Grace C. Mirabella of Hales Location, NH, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Grace Cecelia Rudyanski, May 20, 1931 to Joseph and Grace (Silesia) Rudyanski in East Orange, New Jersey. She spent her childhood summers on the Jersey Shore.
Grace met her husband, James Mirabella of New York City, while vacationing in Lake George, NY. They married in 1954 and moved first to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, then to Queens, NY where they raised their five children.
Grace was known for her strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. She rented rooms in her home while living in Queens for extra income, and went back to work in Manhattan when her children were older. In 1976 the family moved to Intervale, NH where they owned and operated Perry’s Motel and Cottages until 1991. She and Jim spent their winters in warmer weather, often taking the long way to destinations like Arizona, Florida and California, meeting up with and making new friends along the way.
Perhaps what Grace was best known for was her kind heart and sharp mind. She never forgot a name or a story, and could always be relied upon to give sound, observant unbiased advice. She was a woman ahead of her time, believing and encouraging women of all walks and ages to be strong and independent. She always did things her way, but was always polite in the face of opposing views, and everyone who knew her loved her for that.
Grace was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway, NH and St. Martin de Porres Church in Jensen Beach, FL. She is the beloved wife of James Mirabella of 61years of Hales Location, NH, loving mother to James J. Mirabella and his wife Judy of Intervale, NH, Francesca A. Mirabella and her wife Marlene Spittler of Toms River, NJ, Cecelia G. Hibbert of Jensen Beach, FL, Maria J. Mirabella of San Diego, CA, Anita Cheney and her husband Speedo of Hales Location, NH. She is the dear grandmother of Alicia Risi, Richard Sierpina, Matthew Mirabella, Stephen Hibbert, Victoria Han, Nathanael Hibbert, Raven Mirabella, Kiana Cheney and Zara Cheney. She has one great grandchild, Nico Han. She is the sister of Joseph M. Rudyanski and his wife Joan of Indiana. Grace also leaves behind several very special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be no visiting hours by request of the family. A mass of Catholic burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway on August 28, 2015 at 11am. Burial to follow at St Joseph Cemetery on Route 302 in Bartlett, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Country Cares, PO Box 1081, North Conway, NH 03860, phone number 603-662-3443 or to the drop off location at North Country Fair, 2448 White Mt Hwy North Conway, NH, gently used clothing etc. for the 12 - 18 age group for the Revolving Closet, or to a charity of your choice.