Grace M. Martinec

May 26, 1935December 31, 2012

Grace M. (Gaudio) Martinec, 77, passed away peacefully Monday, December 31, 2012 in the Harrisburg Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born May 26, 1935 in Hazleton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Theresa (Bonomo) Gaudio; and preceded in death by her husbands, Melvin Larker and Joseph P. Martinec. Grace was a graduate of Hazleton High School, St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Hazleton, and received her Bachelor of Nursing from Elizabethtown College. She was a nurse for the former Polyclinic Hospital, a retired employee from the PA Department of Welfare, and volunteered for the Community General Osteopathic Hospital, and the American Red Cross. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. Surviving is her son, Anthony Martinec, and his wife, Janet, of Harrisburg; her 2 daughters, Gina Martinec Fox, and her significant other, Steve Brutzman, of Rocky Mount, NC, and Elizabeth Martinec Elliott, and her husband, Bruce, of Harrisburg; 6 grandchildren, Keri Fox, A.J. Martinec, Augustus Martinec, Andrea Fox, Gavin Elliott and Sarah Grace Elliott; her sister, Patricia Yanuzzi, of Hazleton; her aunt, Anne Marie Bonomo, of Hazleton; and numerous nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday, January 6, 2013 in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg, recitation of the Rosary will be at 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 am Monday, January 7, 2013 in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 2800 Paxton Church Rd., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary Elementary School, 2848 Herr St., Harrisburg, PA 17103 or to the American Red Cross, 1804 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17102


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2013

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Josephine Baker

January 14, 2013

Martinec family, I have known your mother for many years, I worked with/for her at the state. We often ran into to each other after she retired at Church. Grace was always so nice and kind. She always spoke of you her children, she loved you all so much. As she loved her grandchildren. She will be missed, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ben & Roni Bentz

January 12, 2013

Liz & family!!
We were so sad to hear about your mom!! She was a wonderful person and neighbor!! She will be greatly missed!! Prayers to you all!!

Vicki Varner

January 11, 2013

Many a lunch was spent w/Grace and our little quilting circle. What fun we had making so many projects while we worked at BFFSP. She was so proud each time she finished a project...she amazed us all. Sharing in your sorrow.

Trina D'Agostino

January 7, 2013

So sorry to read of your mothers passing. Prayers for your family at this time of loss.

Cathy - Charles and Anna Keel

January 6, 2013

Liz and Bruce,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Grace was a wonderful lady - we had so much fun together with the Youth Group and those shore trips and, of course, the Festivals at St. Margaret Mary. May God bless you and help you during this difficult time.

Tracey Jackson

January 6, 2013

Fond memories of the imes we spent at St. Mags Youth Center and Festivals! Also, good times at Wedgewood Hills Swim Club. My thoughts are with the family.

Betty (Nott) Harris

January 2, 2013

Liz & Bruce, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie & Rob Pinder

January 2, 2013

Liz, our hearts are so heavy for you. Grace & Joe are together. Peace to you & your family. Much love

Ericka Nale

January 1, 2013

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers,

Judy Deiter

January 1, 2013

Your mother was one of the kindest and easiest to love people I have ever met. Her smile was infectious. I am definitely better for having known her.