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Grace Grant

November 30, 1917 — June 23, 2011

SOUTHBRIDGE/WEBSTER – Grace A. (DiOrio) Grant, 93, formerly of South St., died on Thursday, June 23, in Lanessa Extended Care.  Her husband of 54 years, Harold L. Grant, died in 1991.  She leaves two sons, H. Kenneth Grant, and his wife, Judith, of PA and Peter J. Grant, and his wife, Sherrill, of Dudley, and a daughter, Cynthia A. Grant, of Dudley; five grandchildren, Cathy, Donna, James, Erik, and Jacob; ten great grandchildren, Morgan, Seth, Emily, Kevin, Gavin, Griffin, Juliana, Michael, Lucas, and Molly; many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one grandson, John, one brother, Louis, and four sisters, Veronica, Margaret, Leah, and Beatrice.


She was born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Frank and Isabella (LaRoche) DiOrio.  Grace worked for Old Sturbridge Village as a candle maker and clerk for over 25 years. 


She was a member of the Elm Street Congregational Church and a member of its Women’s Group.  She enjoyed volunteering at the town polls during elections, as well as gardening and crafts.  Grace was a fantastic cook and she loved to spend her summers at Big Alum Lake in Sturbridge.


Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Street Congregational Church, PO Box 723, Southbridge, MA 01550.


A private graveside service will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery. There are no calling hours.  The Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.  An online guestbook is available at

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