On August 6, 2020, Grace M. Marciano passed away in Brooklyn, New York. She was 96. Her family would like to add that while she died peacefully of natural causes, this was four months after recovering from COVID-19 with pre-existing conditions. This was not only a testament to her resolve – earning her the moniker ‘Amazing Grace’ – but to the medical staff who intervened with state-of-the-art treatment.
Grace was a loving daughter, niece, sister, aunt and friend. We take solace in knowing she is now with her parents Antonio and Maddalena (DeSantis) Marciano, aunt and uncle Sophie and Nicholas DeSantis, siblings Mary and Eugene Marciano, and sister-in-law Vally (Scotto) Marciano. She will be greatly missed by her niece Gail (Marciano) Thies and grandniece Adele Thies.
Feisty and strong willed – like the fig tree in her garden which kept growing back after repeated pruning – Grace was a lively storyteller, avid puzzler and expert crocheter of blankets. She was also fluent in Italian, excelled at arithmetic, and worked as an administrative assistant for an architectural blueprint company. A favorite childhood memory of Gail is of her beautiful singing voice as she prepared Sunday dinner. Aunt Grace would always dote on her niece and greet her with a new coloring book.
She continued to provide a warm smile and calming presence in an unpredictable world – selflessly taking care of her visually impaired brother after both their mother and his friend Anna Dework shockingly died a week apart in 1979. This continued until his death in 1993. In 2003, Gail was appointed Grace’s legal guardian, mainly to ensure her aunt could continue living at home – amazingly, for over ninety years.
During her twilight years, she often astounded those who assumed she was over a decade younger due to her youthful skin, healthy hair and quick wit. A favorite memory of Adele is of Aunt Grace putting her nose in the air and imitating a so-called lady of leisure. While we will never know to whom she was referring, she amused us with her theatrics. She appreciated the little things in life and was always gracious – saying ‘bellezz’ and ‘thank you’ whenever she received a gift. Even at the hospital, she would proclaim the food was ‘delicious’ with a feminine mano a borsa.
Of great consolation to Gail and Adele, they video chatted with Grace the Sunday prior to her passing. She was in good spirits and delighted to hear of Adele’s recent engagement to Nicholas Gallagher. Even though she was almost 100 years old, it is still a shock that she departed this life so suddenly. Perhaps she knew it was her time, as she told her occupational therapist that her mother was waiting to take her home.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the health workers, caregivers, neighbors, Joseph A. Brizzi and Sons, Inc. Funeral Home and other members of the community for their kind support.
Due to the world health crisis, a family graveside service will be held in the Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD (21229) on Friday, August 14th at 2 PM, with Father Leo Larrivee presiding. Those desiring to attend are asked to meet at the Loudon Park Funeral Home no later than 1:45 PM on Friday.
Arrangements by the locally-owned Loudon Park Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, a tree may be planted in her memory or a donation may be made to Maimonides Medical Center (link below) in honor of Dr. Philip Kozinn Lectureship, with notification to Gail Thies, PO Box 31506, Baltimore, MD 21207.
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