Grace M. Aritz

Grace M. Aritz, 86, formerly of West Pittston, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Highland Manor, Exeter.

Born in Pittston on Sept. 24, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Assunta Tabone DeMarco.

She was a graduate of Pittston High School.

She had been employed in the local garment industry, working for Drury Clothing, West Pittston. She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Grace was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She was a volunteer for CEO of Wilkes-Barre and for Hospice.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, John, Joe and Michael DeMarco, and sisters, Rosalia Martino, Rose Puma Johnson, Mary Aquilina and Carmella Galante.

Surviving are her children, Margaret R. Buzza, Harrisburg; Dominick Aritz, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Samuel Aritz and his wife, Karen, Exeter. Also surviving are grandchildren, Susan Buzza, Harrisburg; Dominick Aritz Jr. and his wife, Jessica, Virginia; Patrick Aritz and his wife, Tiffany, Arizona; Ashley Aritz and Alyssa Aritz, both of Exeter; great-grandchildren, Alysha and Alexis Buzza, Landon and Ella Aritz, Layton and Ellie Aritz; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gerald P. Gibbons and the staff of Highland Manor for the exceptional and compassionate care provided to Grace.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Entombment will be in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and memorial donations be made to the Care and Concern Clinic, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.

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Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2013