H Colette Grace
February 24, 2020
H. Colette Grace, 102, of Fairport, New York, passed away Monday at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She lived seventy years of her life in Syracuse, moving to Fairport in 2018. A Binghamton native, she graduated from Binghamton Central High School and St. Mary’s School of Nursing (Rochester) and later attended the University of Pittsburgh before completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Syracuse University (SU). Prior to graduation from SU, Colette worked as a hospital nurse in a maternity ward and served as a public health nurse in the Norwich area where she treated polio victims and delivered babies. Following a period of school nurse teaching in East Syracuse, she accepted a similar position at Lyncourt School and St. Daniel School where she worked for the remainder of her career until retiring in the 1970s. Colette was a communicant of St. Daniel's Church, a Eucharistic minister and a member for many years of the Mary and Martha Society. A member of the National Education Association and the Democratic Party, she attended the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Colette took pleasure in her bridge club and was a competitive golfer, playing into her eighties. A follower of SU sports, she enjoyed her involvement in the college alumni association. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Thomas V. Grace, who passed away in 2011; brothers John, Steve, Michael (Father Robert), Paul and Joe Yudin; and sisters Anna Urban and Cecilia Drabo.
She is survived by three sons, Thomas M. (Margaret Roberts) of Amherst, Robert F. (Cindy Pullman) of Albany, Patrick D. (Peggy Linehan) of Fairport; a daughter, Anne (Louis Patack) of Albany; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday at Gang Memorial Chapel, 104 Fordham Rd. at Teall Ave., and a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Daniel's Church. Entombment in St. Mary's Mausoleum, DeWitt.
Contributions to St. Daniel's Father Lyons Memorial Fund, 3004 Court St., Syracuse, NY 13208.
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