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MARY P. GRACE - VERGENNES / WATERBURY - Mary P. Grace, 69, of Maple Manor, Vergennes, and formerly of Waterbury, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday evening, March 24, 2013. Born in Colchester on Nov. 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Ursula (Thomas) Piche. On Oct. 3, 1964, she married John Grace in Johnson. Mary and John made their home in Waterbury where she remained busy and happy as a homemaker and raising her two children. Later, deciding to pursue a career in education, Mary graduated from Johnson State College in 1985 and became an educator at the Moretown Elementary School, from which she retired. Energetic, friendly and enthusiastic, Mary enjoyed running, playing piano, vegetable gardening and sewing in her leisure time. Since living in Vergennes, Mary became very involved with St. Peter Catholic Church, serving as a Catechism Teacher and Eucharist Minister. Mary is survived by her husband of 48 years, John Grace of Vergennes; their children, Katy Grace of South Burlington, and Tim Grace and his wife, Barbara of Howell, N.J.; three sisters, Martha Head and her husband, Larry, of Shelburne, Diane Viens of Lago Vista, Texas, and Denise Kennedy and her husband, Jeff, of Vergennes; her brother, Paul Piche of Burlington; as well as nieces, nephews and a large extended family. Her brother, Peter Piche, predeceased her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on April 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the church parish hall. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Duxbury. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit us at For those who wish, memorial gifts in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury VT 05753 (

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 27, 2013