Derexa C. Grindatti

July 31, 1955July 22, 2012

DEREXA C. GRINDATTI, 56, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2012 at Jewish Hospital, ending a life long battle with Type 1 diabetes. She was born July 31st 1955, in Ann Arbor, MI. She graduated from Walled Lake Western High School in Wixom, MI, in 1973. Derexa and her husband Lawrence Grindatti settled in Ann Arbor, MI, where they raised their son Brandon. Derexa had a lifelong thirst for self improvement. She stressed healthy dieting and timely routines. She was an avid interior designer with a knack for silk flower arrangements. She loved scrapbooking and regularly consulted with other enthusiasts to create elaborate designs. In 1996 she was blessed with a kidney-pancreas transplant to offset effects of the diabetes. After a near record setting stay for shortest time in and out of the hospital with a kidney-pancreas transplant, she became a consultant for others with diabetes wishing to follow in her tracks. Derexa always desired to help others, especially children. She realized the challenges that some children face in the classroom when it comes to learning. She became part of the IN*Source team and eventually worked with the parents and educators of several children with learning disabilities. She loved her family and took great pride in their successes.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 35 years, Lawrence J. Grindatti; son, Brandon J. Grindatti; father, Orlando Smith; mother, Martha Smith; and sister, Alexis Q. Smith.

Special thanks are given to the many doctors and professionals whom worked with Derexa during the transplant and later years of her life. Her courage and strength remain an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th from 6:00 pm ~ 8:00 PM EST at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, IN. Her Funeral Service will be 10:00 AM EST Thursday, July 26th at the Kraft Spring Street Chapel. Messages of condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 26, 2012

Derexa C. Grindatti

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Valerie McAtee

July 15, 2013

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Ludo Baeckelandt

July 29, 2012

Larry, i'm very sorry with your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve and Darlene Mengyan

July 27, 2012

So sorry to hear the sad news. You have always been an awesome couple and I am sure you have created many memories that will be cherished forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Steve and Darlene Mengyan.

Linda Mejias

July 27, 2012

So sorry for your loss. The photos tell a lovely story. Linda Mejias (Slidell, LA)

Cathy (Wilson) Hanover

July 27, 2012

Larry & Brandon,

How very sorry I am to hear about Derexa. She was a wonderful friend in school and made the most of her life with you. My prayers are with you at this time, that God will surround you with His peace.

Mary Shell

July 25, 2012

Larry and Brandon, We are so very saddened by the passing of Derexa.She was one of the sweetest, most caring persons we have ever met.You are in our thoughts and prayers. John and Mary Shell and Family

July 25, 2012

Larry, my condolences to you and your family.

Gloria Johnson (Cumming, GA)

Bruce Bogart

July 24, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Brandon.
Nancy, Brittney, & Bruce

Jeff Jones

July 24, 2012

I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you. I'm praying for you. Whatever you need just let me know.

Mitch Howard

July 24, 2012

Larry and Brandon, my deepest sympathy for your loss. Our family will include you both in our prayers tonight and moving forward.