Mary Rubin Granet
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AGE: 90 • Phoenix, AZ
Mary Granet died on November 11, one week before her 91st birthday, succumbing to Parkinson's and Dementia. She is survived by her three children, Debbie and her husband Bob Stolow of Liberty, NY, Amy Tropp and her late husband, Ronnie Tropp of Arizona, and Barry and Sheryl Granet of Parsippany, NJ, as well as eight grandchildren. Mary emigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1938. Due to the Nazi invasion in 1939, her parents and siblings did not survive and Mary was adopted by her biological Aunt Fannie and Uncle Morris Rubin of Brooklyn. Mary met the love of her life, Edward, in high-school, and they were married in 1943. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Edward's passing in 2009. They lived in Brooklyn, where Edward was a pharmacist and Mary was a math teacher for 17 years. In 1979 they moved to Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. After Edward's passing, Mary resided at Morris Hills Center in Morristown. As a resident there, she taught art history to her peers.
Mary was very active in her Brooklyn community. She was a middle school math teacher at PS 111. She volunteered her time as a local Girl Scout's Troop Leader, President of the PTA, leader of her Temple's Sisterhood and PTA, math tutor for neighborhood children, and of course, a participant in the weekly Mah Jong Club. After moving to Arizona, Mary became a full- time Travel Agent as Eddie worked as a pharmacist at the VA Hospital. To compliment her and Eddie's travels, she also became a docent in the Phoenix Art Museum concentrating on Renaissance Art History.
One of her many accomplishments in her long life was surviving significant illnesses and coming back even stronger. She was a cancer survivor of over 25 years and had triple bypass surgery at the age of 79. Her will to live and her propensity to give to others never faded. She always said "God doesn't give you anything you can't handle". Her other favorite saying was "God has a plan for you but he is not sharing." Her many virtues greatly touched so many people, especially her eight grandchildren ranging from her oldest at 32 to the youngest of 15. Each one called her, "Grandma Mary," as they looked to her for help with math or a life lesson. Her devotion to them was reciprocated by each and every one of them. There was never a phone call without the opening line, "How are the children?"
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff, especially Angie and Westa, the aides and social workers of Morris Hill Center for their love and attention to Mary. In addition, a special thanks to the Hospice staff for helping maintain our Mother's dignity and comfort this past year. There will be a graveside service at the Montefiore Cemetery in St. Albans, NY at 1 PM on November 13th. Shiva will be observed at Mr. and Mrs. Barry Granet's home on Wednesday and Thursday. The family requests that any donations be made to Hospice or an educational institution of your choice, as Mary stressed the importance of education and learning throughout her life. For more details, please call J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Maplewood at (973)376-2600.
Published in Daily Record on Nov. 12, 2013