It is with great sadness the Pippo family announces the passing of their dear Mother, Nana, and Aunt, Gracelyn Mary Pippo, 97, on September 4th, 2021. At the time of her death she resided at The Pines of Glens Falls, NY.
Born to Velma and Albert St Clair on June 29, 1924, she resided in Whitehall, NY her entire life. Gracelyn attended Whitehall Central School graduating in 1942. Upon graduating she attended Rutland Hospital School of Nursing earning her RN degree in 1945. She continued her education for nursing at the University of Vermont until 1946.
On April 12, 1947, Gracelyn married Vincent J. Pippo. Vince and Grace had three boys over the first five years. Grace was a devoted loving wife and mother. When the boys were all in school, Gracelyn began her career as an RN at the Glens Falls Hospital. She was a caring dedicated and skilled RN who was loved and respected by co-workers and doctors alike. When she retired in 1986 after 30 years of service, she was Head Nurse on 4th Central.
Gracelyn enjoyed traveling with Vince to Maine and Florida. She loved shopping for gifts for family and friends. Her thoughtfulness and generosity were apparent especially at Christmas, a joyous time for her. Summer gatherings at the “Patio” and pool were always a fun filled time for family and friends. She was an accomplished swimmer and took great pride and much pleasure in being a most generous host. “Special” defines Gracelyn as she made everyone feel special.
Gracelyn was predeceased by Vincent on September 23, 1999. In addition: her parents, a sister and brother in law, Doris and Ned Jefferys, a brother and sister-in-law Jim and Doreen St Clair. Mother and father-in-law Mary and Arthur Pippo, sister-in-law Mary (Harold) Barber and Lynda (John) Freeman. Also, her daughter-in-law Estelle Pippo. Also, her predeceased rescue dog, Baby, who brought her much comfort and companionship in her later years.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Jack (Mary Ann) St Clair, her sons: Arthur (Kim Ebbert), Vincent (Leona), James and J.P. Wang (Wendy). Her grandchildren, Stephanie (Ted) Vasilakos, Vincent J. Pippo, Katy Ebbert (Brendan McManus), Dean Ebbert and Matthew and Christopher Wang, and great grandchildren Estelle and Peter Vasilakos and Dylan McManus. Special nieces Jilda Freeman (Dan), Lynda (John) Finelli and Jeannie (Mike) O’Brien. Special friends Donald Pratt, Annie Pratt and Mary Doty. In addition, many nieces and nephews too numerous to list.
Gracelyn was a long-standing member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Angles and Lady of Hope Catholic Church.
Family and friends may call from 4pm-7pm on Thursday September 9, 2021 at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00am on September 10, 2021 at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Powhida officiating. Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Angels Cemetery
A special thank you to the caring staff at the Pines of Glens Falls and her in-home care givers who helped keep her home for a few extra years.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Gracelyn’s name to Our Lady of Hope, 9 Wheeler Avenue, Whitehall, NY 12887.
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