Grace Wheeler

Obituary of Grace Wheeler

Grace M. Wheeler, 96, of Clifford, PA, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Regional Hospital, Scranton, PA, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late US Army Master Sergeant E7 Melvin Wheeler, who died in 1973. 

Born July 26, 1921 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Dorothy Masters Hartman.

Gracie's first job was making shell casings at a factory in Scranton during World War II and had been employed for many years in the dietary department at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, prior to her retirement. 

Prior to her marriage, she was an avid acrobatic roller skater and performed at town hall in Scranton. She enjoyed her daughter's cooking, rides through the country and reading.  Her greatest gift was her kind heart and always has done everything for everyone. 

She was a faithful member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, and believed in Jesus with all of her heart.

This poem was written in memory of Grace by her daughter Donna: “Remember me so full of life, with rosey cheeks and eyes of light.  Acrobatic skating at the local town hall, everyone watching me and having a ball.  I appreciate the flowers thrown on the rink, but hey, throwing those darn pennies could of knocked me off my feet.” 

She is survived by two daughters: Linda June Wheeler of Hazle Township, PA and Donna Marie Jacoby of Clifford, PA; four grandchildren: Tammy Duffy, John Duffy and wife Christine, Crissey Nun and husband Eric and Scott Jeffrey Jacoby; eleven great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons: Arthur Vaughn Wheeler and Ronald Arthur Wheeler; one brother: Sonny Hartman; one sister: Esther Williams; a great granddaughter: Summer Peck, whom Gracie now has her arms wrapped around.

Services to celebrate Grace's life were held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Avenue, Scranton, celebrated by the Rev. Dr. Martha Jordan, assistant pastor. Interment followed at Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore, PA, and was joined by Janet Adams, violinist.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Clifford, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations were sent to the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Clifford, PA  18413.