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Joann C. Gruarin, 83, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2018. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the loving daughter of the late William and Martha (Keller) Pendergast.
Joann graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1952. She married her beloved husband, Raymond L. Gruarin at the former Sacred Heart Church on April 24, 1954. Her entire life was centered around her family whom she loved dearly. She also enjoyed baking for family gatherings.
In addition to her husband of 63 years, Mrs. Gruarin is survived by her children, Raymond L. (Sabrina) Gruarin, Dennis Gruarin (Cari Shaffer), Robert (Mary Kay) Gruarin; her daughter-in-law, Leyla Sheehan-Gruarin; grandchildren, Stephanie Gruarin (Brian Haas), Dr. Scott Gruarin, Jeff (Krista) Gruarin, Grethe (Matt) Mackiewicz, Greigh (Alicia) Gruarin, Raymond Tyler (Maggy) Gruarin, Grace (Cristian) deRosa, Kevin Gruarin, Carly (Christopher) Cappuccilli, Christopher Gruarin, Katelyn (Ron Bernick), Casey and Cameron Gruarin; great-granddaughter, Sage; one sister, two brothers and predeceased by three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Gruarin is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins; and fond of the dogs, Copper and Dusty.
The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and aides of the 3rd Floor at Schoellkopf Nursing Residence for the excellent care and compassion.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 22nd from 3-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, where funeral services will begin on Friday at 9:15 AM, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church, 27th and Independence Avenue. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish at Mt. Carmel Church or Schoellkopf Health Care Center.
Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Published on February 20, 2018
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