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Gertrude "Trudy" (James) Grava

January 16, 1941 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Gertrude "Trudy" Grava Obituary

Gertrude "Trudy" Grava, a beacon of love and kindness, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024, at the age of 82. Born on January 16, 1941, in Malden, MA, Trudy was a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, with her final years spent in the warm embrace of her home in Lynnfield, MA.

Trudy graduated from Everett High School in 1958 and quickly became known for her diligent work ethic and warm demeanor. She embarked on a fulfilling career as an administrative assistant, first bringing her talents to Kyanize Paint and later to Greene Engineering. Trudy's professional life was marked by her unwavering dedication and the deep respect she earned from her colleagues.

In 1963, Trudy married the love of her life, Richard R. Grava, and together they built a family foundation that would stand the test of time. The couple was blessed with three sons: Richard S. Grava, Darrin Grava, and Christopher Grava. Trudy's family grew with the addition of daughters-in-law Maria, Jennifer, and Nancy, and she found immense joy in her role as a grandmother to Samuel, Elizabeth, Lauren, Lyndsey, and Kaelyn.

Trudy's interests and hobbies were as rich and diverse as her character. She had a passion for music, especially Johny Mathis, dancing, a loving hockey mom, cheering from the stands with pride and enthusiasm. Summers were spent making cherished memories with family at Lake Winnipesaukee, where she shared her love for nature and the simple pleasures of life. Trudy's green thumb was evident in her beautiful garden, a testament to her patience and nurturing spirit. Trudy loved spending time with her grandchildren going through family photos and having endless conversations.

A creative soul, Trudy found solace and expression in ceramics and home decorating, infusing her home with warmth and beauty. She was an avid reader, often found with a book in hand, and had a deep appreciation for classic movies. Trudy's laughter was infectious, and her sense of humor brought joy to all who knew her.

To say that Trudy was loving, kind, and funny is to capture only a glimpse of the profound impact she had on those around her. She embodied a spirit of generosity and compassion that touched the lives of many. As Helen Keller once said, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Trudy lived by these words, sharing the beauty of her heart with everyone she met.

Trudy is survived by her devoted husband, Richard R. Grava; her sons, Richard S. Grava (Maria), Darrin Grava (Jennifer), and Christopher Grava (Nancy); her adored grandchildren, Samuel, Elizabeth, Lauren, Lyndsey, and Kaelyn; and a community of friends who will miss her dearly.

Her passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but her legacy of love, laughter, and kindness will continue to resonate in the lives of those she has left behind. Trudy's life was a journey of joy, resilience, and unwavering love, a journey that will be honored and remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday January 18th from 4-7pm at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St. (Rt114) Middleton, MA. A funeral service will be held on Friday January 19, at 11:00am in the Funeral Home to celebrate Trudy's life, where family and friends will gather to share memories and honor the extraordinary woman that she was. Trudy's grace, her smile, and the light she brought into this world will forever be cherished. Though she has left this earthly realm, her spirit will remain an enduring presence in the hearts of those she loved. Following her funeral service burial will take place in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, MA.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
January 18, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mackey Funeral Home
128 S. Main Rt 114
Middleton, MA 01949

Funeral Service
Friday
January 19, 2024

11:00 AM
Mackey Funeral Home
128 S. Main Rt 114
Middleton, MA 01949

Committal
Friday
January 19, 2024

12:30 PM
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
Lake St
Peabody, MA 01960

Donations

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