Grace M. Aritz

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

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

She was a graduate of Pittston High School and had been employed in the local garment industry, working for Drury Clothing, West Pittston. She was a member of the ILGWU.

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

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

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., Samuel Aritz and his wife, Karen, Exeter; grandchildren, Susan Buzza, Harrisburg, Dominick Aritz Jr. and his wife, Jessica, Virginia, Patrick Aritz and his wife, Tiffany, Arizona, and Ashley and Alyssa Aritz, both of Exeter; great-grandchildren, Alysha and Alexis Buzza, Landon and Ella Aritz and Layton and Ellie Aritz; and 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 Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 9 a.m. from the 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 Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. 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 Times Leader on Mar. 7, 2013