It is with great sadness the Pippo family announces the passing of their dear mother, nana and aunt, Gracelyn Mary Pippo, 97, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. At the time of her death she resided at The Pines of Glens Falls, New York.
Born to Velma and Albert St Clair on June 29, 1924, she resided in Whitehall, New York, her entire life. Gracelyn attended Whitehall Central School, graduating in 1942. Upon graduation she attended Rutland Hospital School of Nursing, earning her RN degree in 1945. She continued her education for nursing at the University of Vermont until 1946.
On April 12, 1947, Gracelyn married Vincent J. Pippo. Vince and Grace had three boys over the first five years of their marriage. Grace was a devoted and loving wife and mother. When the boys were all in school, Gracelyn began her career as an RN at the Glens Falls Hospital. She was a caring, dedicated and skilled RN who was loved and respected by coworkers and doctors alike. When she retired in 1986 after 30 years of service, she was head nurse on 4th Central.
Gracelyn enjoyed traveling with Vince to Maine and Florida. She loved shopping for gifts for family and friends. Her thoughtfulness and generosity were apparent, especially at Christmas, a joyous time for her. Summer gatherings at the “Patio” and pool were always a fun-filled time for family and friends. She was an accomplished swimmer and took great pride and much pleasure in being a most generous host. “Special” defines Gracelyn, as she made everyone feel special.
Gracelyn was predeceased by Vincent on Sept. 23, 1999. She also was predeceased by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Doris and Ned Jefferys, brother and sister-in-law Jim and Doreen St Clair, mother- and father-in-law Mary and Arthur Pippo, sister-in-law Mary (Harold) Barber and Lynda (John) Freeman and her daughter-in-law Estelle Pippo. Her rescue dog Baby, who brought her much comfort and companionship in her later years, also predeceased her.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Jack (Mary Ann) St Clair; her sons Arthur (Kim Ebbert), Vincent (Leona), James and J.P. Wang (Wendy); her grandchildren Stephanie (Ted) Vasilakos, Vincent J. Pippo, Katy Ebbert (Brendan McManus), Dean Ebbert and Matthew and Christopher Wang; and great-grandchildren Estelle and Peter Vasilakos and Dylan McManus, in addition to special nieces Jilda Freeman (Dan), Lynda (John) Finelli and Jeannie (Mike) O’Brien and special friends Donald Pratt, Annie Pratt and Mary Doty. Also surviving her are many nieces and nephews too numerous to list.
Gracelyn was a long-standing member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Angels and Lady of Hope Catholic Church.
Calling hours for family and friends were 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Powhida officiating.
A special thank you to the caring staff at The Pines of Glens Falls and her in-home caregivers who helped keep Gracelyn home for a few extra years.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Gracelyn’s name to Our Lady of Hope, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, NY 12887.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com.