In Memoriam

Sister Grace Gianella(1941-2022)

I would like to be remembered as a person who was helpful, loved life, and [was] a believer that “a good laugh is better than a dose of medicine.”

That sentence wrapped up the life story of Sister Grace Gianella, and if the memories shared by two family members at her wake service are any indication, she lived up to her goal.

“My Auntie Grace was one of a kind. She was always a joy to be around,” wrote her niece Michelle Gianella. “Anyone who crossed her path was blessed with lots of laughter. She was always happy and very generous.”

“I have many memories of us laughing and sharing a good time together with my Mom and Grandpa,” wrote her great-nephew Dylan Gianella.

Grace Marie Gianella was born June 29, 1941, in Jackson, Michigan, to Angelo and Sadie (Morell) Gianella. She was the middle child of three, following Donna Jean, who was two years older, and preceding Michael, born four years later.

Read more about Sister Grace (PDF) 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. 

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