OBITUARY

Connie Grima

January 1, 1934November 9, 2018

Connie Grima, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the age of 84. She fought a long battle with a dreadful disease called corticobasal degeneration which slowly took away her ability to move. The past six years have been very difficult but now she is in a better place. She grew up in Gozo, Malta with her 6 brothers and sisters. Her family owned a bakery and made bread and other goodies. She left her homeland at the age of 22 and started her new life in New York where she worked for many years in an Italian bakery in the village. She was also an extremely accomplished knitter and used those skills to create beautiful sweaters for designers such as Perry Ellis and Marc Jacobs. She will always be remembered for her generous and caring demeanor. She opened her home to countless nieces and nephews and gave them an opportunity to start their lives here in America. She cooked and cared for so many sick and elderly neighbors. And she devoted so much of her life to the care of her two grandchildren, Alexandra and Samantha. She always loved gardening and taking long walks on the beach and boardwalk. She will be dearly missed but we will cherish our memories forever. May she Rest In Peace.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CurePSP in her memory. https://www.psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/

Services

  • Connie Grima Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Connie Grima Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Connie Grima Saturday, November 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Connie Grima

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Irene Harding

November 16, 2018

Dear Jelly and Family,

I don't have one specific memory of your mom but whenever I would see her I remember her always working or helping in your kitchen or garden. She was always a hard worker and a very selfless mother. I especially remember her in the garden having a green thumb. Everything she worked on in your garden grew beautifully and I remember her love of your vegetable garden and her attention to it. I am sure that her love was one of the reasons why hers and your vegetable garden was so wonderful and it is obvious you took after her.

Connie was such a wonderful person and mother and the world would be a better place if there were more gentle and kind people like her.

I can't express how sorry I am for your loss.

With our deepest sympathies.

Love,

Irene, Dave, Ashley & Cole

Joe & Perry Tabone

November 13, 2018

Aunt Connie was a very generous and kind person. When arrived from Malta, aunt Connie happily welcome us to her home . She also made sure that we were always comfortable. She will be greatly missed.
Rest In Peace Aunt Connie 🕯

Connie Azzopardi

November 13, 2018

Dear Auntie Connie,

Thank you so much for welcoming me with open arms when I first came to New York. You were always there for us and always made sure our tummies were full.
I still remember the last time you came to Malta, you and my mum were like two best friends, laughing all day and enjoying each others company.
I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral but rest assured you will always be in our hearts.
You will truly be missed. Rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences to Josephine and her family.

Lots of love,
Connie, John, John Paul and Anamae

Stella Attard

November 13, 2018

Dear auntie Connie,

Thank you for all the time you welcomed us in your home , I got lots of beautiful memories .We went to Brighton Beach and so many times walked on the boardwalk to Coney Island and working at Zampieri Bakery.
You were always there for us and happy to see us.You will be missed.
My sisters in Australia Frances Costa Connie Xerri Carmen Cutajar and myself and all the family send our Condolences to you Josephine and your family.Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
With love ...Stella xxx

Angie Cutajar-Attard

November 13, 2018

Aunt Connie, we will miss visiting you in Brooklyn -watching Turner Classic movies, reading Star magazine, and eating your pastizzi. You were a touchstone for me and the extended family here in NY. Rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY