GILMER, Texas (Formerly Farrell, Pennsylvania) – Virginia “Jenny” Grande, of Gilmer, Texas, formerly of Farrell and Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, passed away at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in her home surrounded by her family. She was 81.
Jenny was born on October 14, 1936, in South Hill, Virginia.
She proudly graduated from South Hill High School in 1954.
Jenny worked for several years as a caregiver to the elderly in her area. She treated all of her clients as members of her own family.
In her later years, Jenny was a loving homemaker. She had a large vegetable garden and flowers of all shapes, colors and sizes. Jenny made many jars of various preserves and canned vegetables. She had a green thumb and always had room at her dining room table for an extra guest or two.
Her husband, William J. Grande, Sr., whom she married on April 12, 1982, passed away on July 19, 2004.
Jenny was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell.
At one time she was the president of the Business Women’s Association, Clarion, Pennsylvania.
She and her “hunny” participated in Our Lady of Fatima’s bowling league. Jenny and Bill spent many Friday nights laughing with friends on different leagues at Sunset Lanes, Farrell. Jenny wasn’t one for sitting still; she was always knitting or crocheting a project for a loved one. She and Bill also traveled quite frequently in their motorhome.
Jenny is survived by a daughter, Lora Flick and her husband, Larry, Sharpsville; a son, Alan Bochert, Gilmer, Texas; a sister, Sallie Caboth, Alta, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Bochert, Smethport, Pennsylvania; two grandsons, Jason Bochert and his wife, Jennifer, Holly Springs, North Carolina and Jeremy Bochert and his wife, Michelle, Downingtown, Pennsylvania; two granddaughters, Amanda Lambert-Betts and her husband, Jason, Hermitage and Sidney Bochert, Gilmer, Texas; her seven “beautiful great-grandbabies”, Gavin, Madelynn and Connor, Hermitage, Chance and Nita Jo, Gilmer, Texas and Miles and Grace, Holly Springs, North Carolina and three stepchildren, Joseph Grande, Farrell; Michael Grande, Sharpsville and Aleta Sagadraca, Prince George, Virgina.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Robert G. Flippen, Sr. and Ethel (Seward); a son, James Bochert; a brother, Robert G. Flippen, Jr. and a stepson, William J. Grande, Jr.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, PA 16121.
Calling hours will be 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Monday, February 12 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.
Funeral service will be 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 12 in the funeral home with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
A television tribute will air Friday, February 9 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.