Emelia "Mickey" Grant, 96, wife of the late Robert (Mike) Grant, passed away January 7, 2021 at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire. Mickey, born September 25, 1924 in Montague Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Raymond and Anna Cislo (Dusza) of Turners Falls. Mike and Mickey met on a blind date arranged by his cousin. They married July 31, 1948, enjoying over 60 years of marriage, and raising their family on Pickett Lane in a home built by Mike.
Mickey graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1942. Mickey was athletic and played basketball in high school, enjoyed bowling and roller skating. While her children attended Holy Trinity School, Mickey was involved with the PTA, crocheted, knitted, and sewed Christmas items for the annual Candy Cane Carnival fundraiser, and every Friday counted milk money.
During her life Mickey held a variety of jobs; in the office of the Greenfield Tap and Die, Martin's Bakery, and as a matron at the Greenfield County Jail. Her most rewarding and enjoyable job was working for Dr. Johnston as a Dental Assistant. Later in life, Mickey worked at Food Mart in the Health and Beauty department keeping the shelves stocked and enjoying interacting with the public.
Mickey, a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church for 70 years, was incredibly involved with the Church working at the rectory helping to stock the food pantry, filling bags of food, counting the offerings, decorating the altar, cleaning the church, as well as belonging to the rosary prayer group and prayer chain.
In earlier years Mickey was a terrific bowler. Golfing and watching sports were favorite past times. Mickey was a huge fan of the Patriots, Red Sox and UCONN women's basketball. She was even a bigger fan of her children's and grandchildren athletic events attending countless games cheering them on.
Micky belonged to the local YMCA spending hours exercising in the pool. She loved to have coffee and or lunch at her favorite Wendy's or local restaurant, Denny's, with her pool friends. Competitive, Mickey spent many hours playing games with family and friends. Favorites were Scrabble, Boggle, Cribbage and King's Corner.
An accomplished seamstress, she made many outfits for her young children and later in life doll clothes for her granddaughters. Canning vegetables from the garden and peaches from Mike's uncles farm became a summer task. Those vegetables and peaches were enjoyed all winter. Homemade apple sauce; always a staple. An excellent baker, her chocolate cake was the highlight of many a child's birthday. Cape Cod was a favorite destination; we remember many days at the beach sitting in the sun, visor shielding her eyes, eating favorite onion rings.
Her home was a welcoming place of comfort and good food. We will remember her sparkling eyes, warm smile, gentle touch, and kind words which she generously shared with all. Empathy was a strong trait in Mickey, she was quick to offer help when needed. Family was foremost in her life; spending time, holidays, and special occasions with her children and extended family was what sustained her. She adored her grandchildren and they adored her; she was so proud of them and all they accomplished. Mickey was loved by all her family; she will be sorely missed.
Mickey was predeceased by her parents, sisters Mary and Helen, brothers Joe, Stanley, and Walter.
She leaves behind her children Carolyn (Jonathan) of Cleveland Heights OH, Karen (Robert) of West Hartford Ct, Stephen (Carla) of Bernardston, MA, and Michael (Karen) of Newmarket, NH. She was a devoted grandmother to 6 grandchildren Christopher (Kara), Matthew, Katherine (Ryan), Alex, Anna, and Tyler and 1 great grandchild Allison.
Kostanski Funeral Home handled arrangements. A private Funeral Mass was held January 12 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield and interment was at Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery in Montague MA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church's Food Pantry. Blessed Sacrament Rectory is located at 182 High Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com
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