Grace Smith

COAL CITY—Grace Smith, 80, of Coal City, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at Ascension St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Born Jan. 2, 1942 in Joliet, Grace Ann was a daughter of Ralph and Ethel (Baurle) Denewellis. She was employed with Grundy County for many years as the Senior Director of the Grundy County Senior Citizens Council, and was Director of Meals on Wheels for 17 years until retiring in 2004. One who loved to read, Grace loved books and was fascinated with hummingbirds. She looked forward to the little birds’ arrival each year, and took pleasure in researching them. Another pastime was playing games on her computer, but above all, spending time with family was what Grace enjoyed the most.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Pennuto and Sue Anderson, both of Reynolds, IL; one son, Rick Pennuto; seven grandchildren: Tricia, Patrick, Tony, Calvin, Zach, Amber and Larry III and seven great-grandchildren: Caden, Landon, Mason, Owen, Emily, Gio and Enzo.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, son, Larry Pennuto Jr. and two sisters, Betty and Charlotte.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway, one block north of IL Route 113 in Coal City, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 from 2 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 4 p.m. Rev. Josh Miller from Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City will preside.
Cremation rites will be accorded at the conclusion of the funeral service.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Grace’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Funeral services and cremation arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.