MANCHESTER - Grace R. Marino, 94, died Feb. 1, 2013, at Hillsborough County Nursing Home. She was born on Feb. 25, 1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of John and Providence (Belluso) Tancredi.
She had resided in Manchester for more than 62 years. Her husband of 52 years, Patrick L. Marino died in February 1989. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Dorson-Fleisher Shoe Company and later by Evangeline Shoe. She was a former communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and St. Anthony Parish.
She was a strong, vibrant woman who was known as "Amazing Grace" by her family. She was a very social person who enjoyed bowling, her walking group and weekly gatherings for cards. For Grace, her family was most important in her life. She is cherished as the ultimate mother and grandmother by her family who recall her love of cooking Italian meals for family gatherings.
Family members include two daughters, Elizabeth Quinn and her husband, David, of Manchester and Jacqueline Bettencourt and her husband, Francis, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Kathleen Ratcliff of New York, Jennifer Ell of Bedford, John Demeritt of Bedford, Kristen Bettencourt of Boston and Michael Bettencourt of Winchester, Mass.; six great-grandchildren, Patrick Ell, Christopher Ell, Sean Demeritt, Kyle Demeritt, Grace Bettencourt and Violet Bettencourt; a brother, John Tancredi and his wife Nancy, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.
services: Calling hours will be Monday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. in the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech Street. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in St. Anthony Church, 172 Belmont St. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace's name may be made to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Floor C-4 Activities, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown 03045. Condolences may be offered at mchughfuneralhome.com