Marian E. Grushetsky

Marian E. Grushetsky, 75, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, with her daughters by her side.

Marian was born on April 1, 1942 to Samuel and Mary (Ricotta) Colera of Falconer, N.Y. She graduated from Falconer High School in 1960.

She is survived by her two daughters: Jennifer Ambrose, (husband, Shanti Little) of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jessica Lawrence (husband, Ben Lawrence) of State College, Pa.; husband, Philip Grushetsky of Elmira; granddaughters: Madeline, Jacqueline and Amelia Lawrence, and Deva Bluemoon; sister, Sylvia Schrader of Falconer, N.Y.; stepchildren: Steve Grushetsky (wife April, son, Steve and daughter, Annie), Dorothy Grushetsky and Flip Grushetsky; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Marian married Clay Ambrose in 1963.  Later they moved to Elmira, N.Y., where they started and raised their family. Marian established herself in Elmira through her years of community service and her strong work ethic at a number of local businesses. Marian was locally known for her culinary gifts.  She was one of the original ” Foodies” decades before the Food Network even existed. She loved to entertain, catering her own parties and events and inspiring many aspiring cooks and food lovers. In addition to being an early foodie, she was also considered a “Hip Nana.”  With a strong interest in pop culture, she was able to sing and dance along to the likes of Justin Beiber or Lady Gaga with her granddaughters.

In 1991 Marian married Philip Grushetsky – the man who taught her to laugh. Their playful banter was widely known throughout the town — often reading like a Burns and Allen comedy routine.

Marian’s later life was met by a series of serious health issues which then defined her through her resiliency, compassion for others in their struggles, and inspiring a new creative talent of painting water color flowers.  Her expression of beauty became her healing therapy and brought happiness to others. In the final years of her life, her greatest pleasures came from laughing with her grandchildren, avidly playing bridge with wonderful people, her Wegman’s friends and morning coffee group, her newfound community at Appleridge Senior Living, her caring family at DaVita Dialysis Center and her beloved canine companion. Paco.

Interment will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Falconer, N.Y., on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903, or CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post N.Y., or the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St,, Johnson City, NY 13790.