Deirdre Grimes
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Deirdre Anne "DeeDee" Grimes, 62, passed away at her home after a long battle with Lyme induced Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was born and raised in Schenectady, NY, where she graduated from Schalmont High School in 1973. In 1976 she married Mark Grimes and together they raised three beautiful daughters. DeeDee worked as a teacher's aid for Schalmont Central Schools for 20 years. She had a passion for teaching and truly loved "her kids". In 1993 she was awarded "Educator of the Year" at Pine Grove Elementary School. She was actively involved in the Rotterdam Girls Softball League and spent 10 years working at General Electric (GE). All her life, she nourished the people around her. She was good humored with a quick wit; generously kind to everyone she met, and dedicated to her family and community. She touched the lives of all those around her and the world is a better place for having her in it. You will live forever in our hearts. Left behind to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 40 years, Mark; three daughters, Wendy, Audrey and Lyndsay; mother, Doreen Hilts; sister, Denise Hilts; niece, Megan Aldridge; nephews, Daryl and Dan Bielawski; grandson, Christopher Jr.; and many more loving friends and family. DeeDee was predeceased by her father, Donald Hilts. Family and friends are invited to call at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home Inc., 1605 Helderberg Ave., Rotterdam on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Cobblestone Church 118 Putnam Road Schenectady. Interment will be private. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations may be made in DeeDee's memory to the Jefferson School Educational Programs, 100 Princetown Road, Schenectady, NY 12306.

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May 23, 2017
She was my first girlfriend in High School. So sorry to hear of her passing. So heartfelt to hear everyone say how she carried her sweetness with her throughout her life. I remember how kind she was to everyone who knew her in High School. Best wishes to her family and friends!
Rick Croote
April 14, 2017
Wedding Day - July 10, 1976
April 14, 2017
March 21, 2017
Audrey and family -

She was always an angel!
Michele Putman
March 20, 2017
Mark, I just talked to Dad and he told me the news. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Janet and Art Wright send their condolences as well.
Pam Wright
March 19, 2017
Dear Mark and family. Nick and I are so sad to learn of DeeDee's passing. She had a beautiful heart and soul. An angel on earth. May God bless you all with warm memories.
Karen Brown
March 17, 2017
Mark and girls you are I my heart and mind. You all have been a blessing to DeeDee and she to you. Owen sends his heart felt condolences and wishes he could be here for you. I have the forever memory of her infectious smile which came so natural from such a beautiful soul. Be well. Jane Ringlee
March 17, 2017
I worked with DeDe at GE. I too just got married in 1976 and just lost my husband on March 9th. She was such a sweet person. God Bless.
Tina Bacon
March 16, 2017
My condolences to the Grimes family and Audrey! May her light continue to shine within you! ❤
Amy Randio
March 16, 2017
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Mark, I was in your wedding and cherish the memories of that and my friendship with Dee Dee. I'm happy to hear of your 3 daughters and hope they all have her kind and loving personality.
Pam DENNIS-bassarab
March 16, 2017
Deedee, was a very sweet lady. So sorry to the Grimes family. May this lovely lady Rip. Cara, Margaret and Lou Demeo, (Dance Force).
Cara Demeo
March 16, 2017
Dear Audrey and Family: Truly sorry for you loss, your mother sounds like an amazing woman. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Kristina Zampella
March 16, 2017
March 15, 2017
Dear Audrey,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Forever Loved and Missed, but Never Forgotten.
Linda Vavala
March 15, 2017
The most caring woman. Mrs Grimes was my son's favorite teacher for kindergarten. She and Mrs Vissat made quite the team. I always remember that Jonathon wanted to go to school because Mrs Grimes was there. He loved her so, and we are very saddened to hear of her passing. She is for sure an angel in heaven, because she was surely on on earth.
Toni, John, Jonathon and Tyler FRETTO
March 15, 2017
My condolences to Mark, Wendy, Audrey, and Lindsay. I remember Deedee ALWAYS coming to the girls' volleyball matches and being so supportive f whatever the girls were doing. Such a sweet person! I will keep her and all of you in my prayers.
Kevin Meachem
March 15, 2017
So sad to learn of DeeDee's passing. Probably one of the kindest people I have had the privilege to know. A gentleness in all she did. Prayers for her family. May she RIP.
Kathi Keilman
March 15, 2017
What a great loss! DeeDee was a treasure in every sense of the word. I loved having her in my music class. She was gentle, caring and completely committed to her students. We have lost a very special, extraordinary woman. So sad!
Kathleen Bragle
March 15, 2017
DEE DEE was a 2nd mother to my daughters growing up in West Hill. My thoughts go out to her family...she was a wonderful part of our community and loved the children she worked with over the years...
Sabrina Heilmann
March 15, 2017
Such a lovely, thoughtful woman...I am sad to read of her passing. My thoughts and prayers to her family. Fond memories of Jefferson days and getting to know her.
Carol Ramundo
March 15, 2017
I am sorry to hear about Dee Dee's passing. I met her when she worked in my son's class. She was a lovely woman who always had a smile on her face. She was very kind and caring towards her students. Sending my prayers and love to her family and friends during this difficult time. May she Rest in Peace.
Anna Bogusky
March 15, 2017
Sincere condolences to Mark and the rest of DeeDee's family. So sorry for your loss. She was a joy to attend high school with, always smiling and helpful. Kepp her alive forever in your memories.
Jeffery and Tami (Chrostowski) Bloom. Classes of '73 & '76.
March 15, 2017
We are deeply saddened to hear of Dee Dee's passing. We extend our condolences to Mark, his daughters and all the rest of Dee Dee's family and friends. May she rest in peace.
John & Kimberly Huhn
March 15, 2017
We shared a birthday, good times and a graduation. What a beautiful girl both physically and spiritually. Sympathies to the family.
Wayne Miller
March 15, 2017
Dear Mark, Wendy Audrey and Lyndsay,
I am so saddened by the news of your beautiful wife and Mother. I will always remember what a wonderful person she was. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers..Love to all.
Laurie Mac Vean Dyer
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