Mary L. Grier
unknown - July 26, 2012
Mary Louise Grier, 83, of Camillus, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at home. Born in Syracuse on Sunday, Aug. 5, 1928, she was the daughter of John A. Wachna and Mary Macko Wachna. She lived in Camillus since 1954.
Mary Louise was a graduate of Syracuse Central High School and attended Syracuse University, where she studied voice with Leora McChesney Fougeray. She retired in 1989 after 24 years with the NY Telephone Co.
A communicant of Holy Family Church, she was a member and officer of the Altar and Rosary Society, taught religious education and sang with the choir of Holy Family Church and St. Patrick's Church. She was a member of the Red Cross Blood program and Telephone Pioneers of America. She volunteered for Catholic Medical Missions and was a mentor at Ed Smith School.
Mary Louise loved spending time with her family, especially in the Adirondacks and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Mary Louise was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, George D. Grier in 2005; and her beloved brothers, George and John Wachna.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Steven Grier Middleton of Jamesville; sons and daughter-in-law, John of Antioch, Illinois and Brian and Susan of Baldwinsville; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Sean, Lauren, Steven and Ryan; sister-in-law, Nancy (Norm) Gerber of Webster and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends called from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Msgr. Francis Osei-Nyarko and Deacon Nick Alvaro celebrated a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in Holy Family Church. Mary Louise was laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery, Camillus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairmount Community Library 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, NY 13219 or to Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, NY 13219. Please view the Grier Family Video Tribute and share condolences at buranichfuneralhome.com.