GREEN ISLAND - Martha Grace (Heffern)St. John, born on August 12, 1921, stopped singing on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Those melodious tunes she shared for 94 years, starting at age three, will be long remembered by all of us who were honored to love her. She made friends wherever she went, and if you wanted to use one quote to describe Grace, it would be, “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” Grace has brought joy and laughter to many audiences with her comic routines and characters.
Grace is predeceased by her husband, Arthur J. St. John. They traveled for several years throughout the United States after Arthur’s retirement and resettled in Orange City, Florida. This was a wonderful experience for both of them.
Grace was also predeceased by her parents, Peter A. and Martha K. (Ruhtz) Heffern and her brothers, Edward A. Heffern and Arthur A. Heffern.
Grace is survived by her five children: Linda McKenney (Hal), Kathy Steen (Billy), Stephanie Brennan (John), Claire Jonas (Rick) and Michael St. John. Her eight grandchildren include: Matthew Nolan (Kathleen), Dennea Miller (Michael), Elizabeth Curley (James), Erik McKenney (Kate), Debbie O’Kimosh (Nick), Adam Brennan (Lindsay Morris), Molly Brennan and Erica St. John. She also has fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was Aunt Grace to many nieces and nephews.
Grace was an active volunteer all her life with Girl Scouts, Red Cross, church and Habitat for Humanity where she was honored for her dedication.
All those who were touched by her generous spirit are invited to join her family at a Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, April 15th at 10AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2416 Seventh Avenue, Watervliet, NY. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy, NY.
All are invited to a Celebration of Life at the American Legion Hall, Green Island, NY at 1PM on Monday, April 15th.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Grace St. John to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Volushia County, 196 W. Blue Springs Ave, Orange City, FL 32763 or online at www.habitat.org/donate/
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