Edna Grauso

Edna Grauso

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After 98 blessed years with us on earth, Edna Grauso returned home to be with our Lord on January 29th. Edna was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on July 28th 1922 to her birth parents Howard and Florence Dearborn.
Sadly, while Edna was still an infant, her mother Florence became gravely ill. She made arrangements for the adoption of her daughter, Edna, to a wonderful couple, Alfred and Malvina LaBrie. They loved her so and raised her to be a caring beautiful woman, friend, wife, mother and grandmother.

Edna was such a devoted mother and homemaker. Working only part time in retail once her children had grown.

Edna was married to her beloved husband Mario, who preceded her in passing on November 2011. She is back in the arms of the man who loved her so dearly. She is also preceded in passing by her sister Pat (Myrtle). The sisters were separated as children and didn't grow up together. Edna spent most of her adult life searching for her. Once they found each other it was as if they were never separated. Their love for each other grew stronger day by day. She missed her big sister so very much and we find peace in knowing they are together once again.

Edna is survived by her 3 children Ralph, Lorraine (Alan) and Rose (Bill); 2 granddaughters Amanda (Tom) and Dana, and many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss her.

Even at her extended age, Edna had many friends from ages 8 to 98. Her friendship and loyalty knew no bounds.

Edna loved life, the people in her life, and will be missed by too many to count.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 3rd at St. Eugene's Church, 707 Tuckahoe Road,
Yonkers NY at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

Memorial donations in Edna's name can be made to the COPD Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or The Humane Society
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, January 31st, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Flynn Memorial Home - Central Park Ave.
    1652 Central Park Avenue
    YONKERS, NY 10710
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the number of visitors to the wake including family is limited to 25 people.

    Once capacity is reached within the funeral home it will be necessary for guests to wait outside in the parking lot until it is safe to enter.

    Masks are required in the building at all times.

    The Grauso family thanks you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
  • Service

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 10:00am
    Saint Eugene's Church
    707 Tuckahoe Road
    YONKERS, NY 10710
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

    Due to the snow storm the Funeral Mass has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 10 am.
  • Interment

    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    10 W. Stevens Ave.
    HAWTHORNE, NY 10532
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Rose Shaw

Posted at 08:48pm
My dear little Mommy how I miss you. I know you are at peace and with Dad again who loves you so.
As my sister explained my Mom and Dad met at a dance. On our way to the cemetery to take my Mom to her final resting place I received a text from my niece Vic. She with her Mom and Dad were in the car behind Bill and I. In her text was a picture of the radio display in their car. On it was the Siriusly Sinatra station on Sirius XM with a song sung by Dean Martin. (see pic in photos on this site) The song was Mam'selle which was the first song my Mom and Dad danced to the night they met. Mario was calling his bride to dance with him once again. See this made me feel happy and blessed knowing they are together.

Lou Herman

Posted at 09:25am
On January 29th my mother passed from this life and from mine.
My mother was recently hospitalized for a hip repair surgery then contracted the corona virus then died from respiratory failure. She was 98 years old and up until her hospitalization, was still a witty, wonderful woman who loved to laugh and had great love in her life.
As with many of her generation there were many hardships. She started out an orphan after her mother died then adopted by farm workers. Her adopted parents had to leave her at a convent due to their constant traveling and quest for work during the depression.
Raised by a French order of nuns for most of her childhood, she spent it with very little companionship. While she was there became very ill from an ear infection, mastoiditis, that caused a hearing loss in her left ear and a near death experience.
For this reason, also, she had a poor education and never learned to read until the age of 42 when she had a volunteer teach her at home. My mother never let on that she couldn't read. She pretended she could by memorizing poems and stories and pretend to read books to us. A favorite was " The Owl and the Pussycat".
She could write certain phrases and her name but when it came to directions, she used her memory to recognize places with landmarks because she couldn't read signs. She could do basic math when shopping and was a mediocre cook. She never let on and never complained. She wanted her children to accomplish goals and keep focused.
She met my father, Mario, when he was on leave from the Army during WW2. My dad and a buddy of his crashed a dance/party they were not invited to and asked my mom and her cousin to dance.
My mother never knew she was adopted until her wedding day. My grandparents, her adopted parents were afraid to tell her. As it turns out her real father actually gave her away after her mother's death and as she would learn later in life, she also had a sister who was six years older than her when she was adopted.
After my father left the service, my mother continued to work and had my brother while helping to put my father through college. They lived with her parents in the Bronx and after my father got his first civil engineering job, they moved to Yonkers, Sunset Green cooperative apartments.
My brother, sister and I enjoyed the many perks of childhood in the city thanks to being close to the many sources of entertainment and companionship. We grew up in a neighborhood of people whose lives became intertwined with ours and we drew strength from that. My mother had her friends, her card games, bowling league and gossip sharing on the park benches.
After living there for 16 years, my parents bought a house and my mom went back to work part time in retail. She made friends there as well and became surrogate Grandma to her neighbors children. Determined to find her sister after many years of research, she found my Aunt Pat and cousins in Virginia in the late 1980s.
After 52 years of marriage, my father passed on and my mom continued to live in our home with the care and love of our brother Ralph. He remained the constant touch stone for her life and I am grateful to him for his knowledgeable attention to detail and his integrity.
All I can add to this is now is I wish you were here Mom, so we could laugh and share one more time about the follies of life and hear your soothing advice on how to push on. You made me a strong woman and in turn, I have raised two of my own splendid, intelligent daughters.
And now for the first time, I am an orphan myself. Unlike you however I had the enormous pleasure of getting to learn from and know my mother.
Your life will never go unnoticed because I will be your witness.
Love you forever - your daughter Lorraine

Lou Herman Posted at 12:11am

It was 62 years married- sorry mom about the typo. XXX

Elaine Bertona

Posted at 05:54pm
Sending my deepest sympathy. Edna was my dearest friend. I loved her so much. Will always remember what a beautiful person she was and will always remember the good memories we shared. Rest In Peace my sweet Edna.❤️🙏🏻

Maureen Clark

Posted at 09:30pm
Edna was such a blessing to our family. She loved us and we so loved her. She and Mario were our neighbors but were so much more, they were family. We will cherish our many special memories together. We miss them both. God bless. Maureen, Bob, Colleen, Brian, Megan and Dennis

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