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Shirley Mae Grantz

December 6, 1940 — October 26, 2023

Shirley Mae (Pierce) Grantz, 82, passed away on Thursday morning, October 26, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Born December 6, 1940, in Indiana Pa., Shirley was the daughter of Charles Pierce and Goldie (Kinnan) Busch and Stepfather William F. Busch. She was known by her family and friends as “Gert”.

Shirley “Gert” met Bill Grantz at the movie theater in downtown Niles and soon after, they were married on February 6, 1959, in Mineral Ridge. They were known for always tearing up the dance floor with their jitterbug steps and square dancing. To love music was an understatement.

Shirley attended Niles McKinley High School. Prior to her retirement, she was a Pharmacy Tech at Giant Eagle, Coffee Hostess at Sheetz, and a “Nanny” for the Rozic Family.

Our Mom spent her entire life being proud to have survived Polio since the age of 5. She was never going to give up on walking after again taking on Post Polio Syndrome in her later years. She supported us girls through all our life events, attending as many as possible. Grandparenting was her specialty, and she took it very seriously by making sure each one felt special. When our Dad passed on February 20,2023, she bravely settled into Liberty Arms Assisted Living where she found friendships and happiness. Mom thrived at maintaining her independence. There was not one thing our Mom couldn’t sew. Her baking skills were phenomenal with every pie and batch of cookies she made. She was amazing at sewing for everyone and gifted many with her Baby Books or Raggedy Ann and Andy sets. Every one of her grandchildren and great grands were always welcomed with a smile and a big hug from GiGi whenever they visited.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, her daughter Tammy Pietruszka, her sibling Harry Pierce.

Keeping Mom’s memory forever in our hearts, daughters Terri (Robert) Hernandez and Tawni (Steve) Bouch; her son-in-law Edward Pietruszka; Grandma Gert will live on thru her grandchildren Steven (Laura) Hernandez, Preston (Ashley) Hernandez, Victoria (Alex) Prochazka, Zachary (Alyssa) Pietruszka, Amanda (Cody) Sheeler, and Mackenzie (Zack) Peaslee; GiGi will never be forgotten by her great grandchildren Noelle Hernandez, Whitney Hernandez, Vivienne, William, Lydia Prochazka, Everly Sheeler, Giovanni, Juliano, and Lorenzo Pietruszka; and brothers Chuck (Marsha),Ron (Debbie),Clifford, Sam, and Jim, along with Sister-in-Law Maryann Pierce and other in-laws, family and friends. Always keeping her niece Sandi close to her heart.

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