Genevieve Jane Jara Grancaj

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Genevieve Jane Jara Grancaj, 96, died peaceful early in the morning of October 15, 2013, with her daughter and her granddaughter at her bedside at Spanish Trail Assisted Living in Silsbee, Texas. She was born on December 11, 1916, to Anelia Komark Jara and Adalbert Jara, in a humble home near Big Run in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Genevieve was the youngest of six children born to the young mill worker and seamstress who had emigrated from Poland. Her love for her Polish heritage, the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and her great devotion to family remained through her entire life time. Her Catholic faith, the Great Depression, and the World War that followed were the great influences in her life and formed her principles and strong convictions. Genevieve was a parishioner of historic St. Philip and James Church in New Castle, Pennsylvania, where she attended school, made her First Communion, was confirmed, and later married to the love of her life, Stephen Paul Grancaj, in 1942. A loyal daughter of the church, she became a founding member of Holy Family Parish in Poland, Ohio, and helped establish a Catholic community there at a time when prejudice against Catholics was rampant and vocal. Genevieve was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus in Poland. As she and her husband traveled the world for his work, they became active parishioners and faithful stewards of parishes in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. She died a member of St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont, Texas, a church whose European style architecture reminded her of her first parish in New Castle. Her willingness to work for her church extended into her 90's. Genevieve's last volunteer work was for the Beaumont's Diocese annual appeal as she helped with mailings. She leaves behind her daughter, Letty (Letitia) Lanza and her husband, Tom, of Beaumont, with whom Genevieve made her home for several years; her granddaughter, Stephanie of Pasadena, California; her grandson, Thomas and his wife, Norma, of Kerrville, Texas; a great grandson, Aaron; and numerous nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces; as well as, her dear friend and sister-in-law, Vera Vansovich Yaro of Elwood City, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Paul Grancaj; her parents; her brothers, John, Walter, Henry and Stanley; a sister Mildred Zbiegien. A gathering of Mrs. Grancaj's family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Christian Vigil to follow at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A gathering of her family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1 Lucymont Drive, New Castle, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Noga Funeral Home, 1142 South Mill Street, New Castle. Interment will follow at SS Phillip and James Cemetery, Slippery Rock Township, Pennsylvania. Due to travel, the family is asking that flowers not be sent to either location. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that friends and family join Genevieve in her desire to support her granddaughters artistic project on Kickstarter.com and her great grandsons Catholic education. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

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Broussard's Mortuary
2000 McFaddin Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 832-1621
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 17, 2013
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