Grace Cherock

February 3, 1918December 20, 2012

Grace M. Cherock, age 94, of Watkins Glen, NY passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Thrusday, Demcember 20th, 2012.

Grace was born in Watkins Glen, NY on February 3, 1918, the daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Compese) Scaptura. Grace had a business degree from Elmira College and was employed as a secrectary for Havens Insurance Co. and EC Cooper Insurance of Watkins Glen. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church and a member St. Mary’s Guild. In addition to her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, John F.”Piggy” Cherock on April 20, 2012; her daughter, Jean Marie; and by her siblings, Celicia DeNardo, Rocco "Dick" Scaptura, Frank Scaptura, Joe Scaptura, Nick Scaptura, and Marie C. ‘Mellie’ Spena.

Grace is survived by her loving family; sons, John (Betty) Cherock Jr and David (Sandra) Cherock; grandchildren, Nicole Cherock-Kriner, Christy Cherock-Luna, and Jennifer Cherock-Hopper; six great grandchildren; brother, George Scaptura; sister in laws, Judy Scaptura and Rose Cherock; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on Friday, December 28th, from 9am to 11am at the Link at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St. Watkins Glen, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church following at 11am. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen.

In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Grace’s memory to CareFirst, 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14831, St. Mary’s Guild or St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891, or to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County, 607 Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891.


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 28, 2012

Grace Cherock

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January 21, 2013

John and David, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother. My prays and thoughts are with you.
John J. Lyon (Newfoundland, PA)

christina corbitt

January 3, 2013

I miss you so much...I feel so lost anymore..I'm glad you got to spend Christmas with john n mellie n everybody else...give john a big hug from me..tell him Dolly said hello...luv u guys...

December 28, 2012

Dear John and David and family, I will be unable to get to your moms funeral tomorrow due to weather , Ted will be involved with her luncheon at the Elks,
am so sorry but she had such a good life with your dad. They were truly very special people. I will never ever forget your dad, every time I saw him, he would say, why have you got your pajamas on, and laugh so hard. No matter what I was wearing. God Bless. Ted & Barb Lee Specchio

Tom Augustine

December 23, 2012

John and Dave: I just found out about your mom. I'm so sorry and my thoughts are with your families. Your mom and dad were great neighbors and my grand-daughters and I will miss both of your parents. God bless them and your families

Tom Augustine

Shirley Lee Ormsbee

December 21, 2012

Dear Johnny and David and your families, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother after just a few months of losing your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and now the two of them are together again and smiling down on all of you. You have my deepest sympathy. Love, Shirley