OBITUARY

Grace Theresa Cillis

March 25, 1923November 29, 2018
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GRACE T. CILLIS OF CHANDLER, THE GLUE THAT HELD OUR FAMILY TOGETHER, HAS PASSED AWAY ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH AT THE AGE OF 95. GRACE WAS BORN ON MARCH 25, 1923 IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, TO ROSE AND GABRIEL IANNARONE. SHE IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HUSBAND SAMUEL, WHOM SHE WAS MARRIED TOO FOR 70 YEARS, HER TWO BROTHERS GEORGE AND JOHN, AND SISTER CONNIE.

GRACE MARRIED THE LOVE OF HER LIFE SAMUEL ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1947. THEY SETTLED DOWN IN EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY AND HAD THREE CHILDREN. THE FIRST ONE PASSING AWAY AT BIRTH, THEN THEY HAD PAUL, AND JOANN. THEY RELOCATED TO WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, WHERE GRACE AND SAM SPENT THE MAJORITY OF HER LIFE BEFORE MOVING TO CHANDLER, ARIZONA IN 2001.

GRACE WORKED FOR LIONEL COMPANY IN HILLSIDE, NEW JERSEY UNTIL SHE MARRIED AND BECAME A MOTHER AND HOUSEWIFE. GRACE RETURNED TO WORK AFTER 14 YEARS AND WORKED AS A COOK AT DURKINS RESTAURANT IN WEST ORANGE, AND THEN RASCALS COMEDY CLUB/RESTAURANT UNTILL THE AGE OF 67.

ABOVE ALL, GRACE LOVED HER FAMILY. SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR THEM, PUTTING THEM BEFORE HERSELF. SHE LOVED COOKING AND BAKING, AND ALWAYS MADE SURE EVERYONE HAD MORE ENOUGH TO EAT. SHE ENJOYED WATCHING WRESTLING WITH HER FAMILY, AND EVERYONE ENJOYED HER YELL AT THE TV. SHE ALSO LOVED TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO IL VOLO, AND WOULD REFER TO THEM AS “HER BOYS”. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HER LIVE WAS TO GO TO ONE OF THEIR CONCERTS AND MEET THEM; SHE TALKED ABOUT THAT FOR MONTHS AFTER.

GRACE IS SURVIVED BY HER SON PAUL, AND DAUGHTER IN LAW RONETE, DAUGHTER JOANN, AND SON IN LAW KEN. ALSO SURVIVING IS HER SISTER IN LAW ANGIE, GRANDCHILDREN CHRISTOPHER AND CARMEN GANNING, KATELYN AND MATT KUSA, BRIAN CORSON, ASHLEY AND MARK CUCCARO, SAMUEL CILLIS AND MELANIE CILLIS. GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN MADISON LILLMAN, SHAWN GANNING, AND TWINS SHANE AND CHRISTOPHER KUSA. SERVICES WILL TAKE PLACE AT VALLEY OF THE SUN MORTUARY, 10940 EAST CHANDLER HEIGHTS RD, CHANDLER, AZ 85248 WITH VIEWING HOURS ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH FROM 7-9PM, AND THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT THE SAME LOCATION ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH AT 2PM. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO THE FAMILY FOR FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS AND FOR FUTURE CELEBRATION OF LIFE MASSES FOR GRACE.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Grace Theresa Cillis

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Katelyn Ganning

December 11, 2018

I got to spend 32 wonderful years with my Nana. She got to meet my babies and see me get married. Such important events in life and I'm so grateful. I have so many memories in my lifetime. She always used to sing to me, make me French toast and cut it into perfect squares, let me have coffee at a young age, helped me with homework, played cards with us, made so much food on all holidays, watched Nicholas sparks movies over and over, loved jeopardy and wheel of fortune, yelled at wrestling and baseball.. The list goes on forever. My heart hurts without Nan and pop but I know I'll get to see them again some day ❤️

Diane Gallaway

December 8, 2018

I always willremember her smile, kindness and her cake. She was always feeding everyone . You will be missed Grace. 😊

BRIan Corson

December 8, 2018

Opening Christmas gifts carefully so they can use the wrapping paper again. Watching wrestling. Chocolate chip cookies. Chicken parm and Sunday dinners. Her contagious smile and laugh. Just sitting down and having conversations with her. Going to miss her but know she is up with pop where they can look down on us together

Ken Corson

December 8, 2018

Ken Corson

December 8, 2018

God puts us all here for a reason, and Grace was put here to bring joy into everyone's lives.
She was the glue that held the family together.
Her and Pop moved to Arizona to be with their newest Grandchild, Sam, to be able to watch him grow and be a part of his life the way they were with their other grandchildren back in NJ, especially since ones in NJ were older. They were even happier when they had another Grand Daughter, Melanie, after they moved here.
She was happiest when the rest of her family finally all moved out here. She was able to cook and bake for the whole family again.
She would always great everyone with a big smile, she had that way of making everyone smile. She was the life of every party, she just wanted to be involved in all the fun, dancing, laughing. She had the best laugh, so full of life.
Nan loved everyone, but especially loved her family, she loved when everyone was together, so many memories of the 7 course Holiday dinners, you were stuffed for days after.
She always had encouraging words for everyone, she let you know that you could do or be whatever you wanted, if you just stuck with it and put your all into whatever you do.
She is a great reminder of who we are as people, how we should live our lives to the fullest and how we should treat people.
Grace means as a noun: Class, Elegance, this is something she always showed to everyone. As a verb is means to honor or favor. It's by the Grace of God, that we have been honored with her presence and to be a part of her life.
So let's all give her something to be proud of; Let's Honer her thru this commitment to be a family that loves each other, that cares for each other and supports each other. Always treat each other with Love and Respect. Always pray for each other and everyone around us.

1 Thessalonians 4:14
For since we believe that Jesus died ans was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him

Debbie Gencarelli

December 7, 2018

Grace Cillis is one of those people we find ourselves missing in today's society, She was a light in this world because of her positive loving ways and let's not forget her amazing culinary skills. I was always grateful for the many times our families were together. Grace brought not only her beautiful loving ways and compassion but would show up with that whipped cream peach cake that everyone awaited. She was younger than her years and she had that way of keeping the family together. I know the world will feel a void, not to mention her family of the place she held in our hearts The one comfort we all have is the years she lived Truly until the last moment lived and loved life. I do know how much she missed Sam and my prayer is that the family and all of us find peace knowing they are united in divinity. God Bless Grace, May she be the Guardian Angel from up above guiding all of us on our eternal path.

Teri Thompson, Kapiloff

December 5, 2018

Grace was one of the most amazing human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my life. She embodied everything that is wholesome and good. The world is a lonely place without her. Although I will miss her dearly I am comforted by all the beautiful memories we shared together and that she is once again with her beloved husband Sam. May you Rest In Peace beautiful lady. All my love. Teri

Lisa Bravoco

December 4, 2018

Holidays..... cards and tons and tons of cookies!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY