Philomena Grovanz
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Philomena Grovanz, 94, of 319 Oak Street, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Sunday (January 10, 2010) afternoon.
She was born Sept. 23, 1915 in Russellton, PA a daughter of the late Loretto and Christina DeMoro Gentile.
On August 27, 1940 in Emporium she married the late Joseph Grovanz.
Mrs. Grovanz atteded school in Russellton, PA. She retired from GTE Sylvania where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Quarter Century club and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. She also owned and operated the former Phil's Shoe Store in Emporium.
Son: Carl Grovanz and his wife Linda, Ontario, NY
Daughter: Gloria Kengor husband Paul, Butler
Daughter: Marlene Kane, Emporium
9 Grandchildrren Joseph, Mark, Paul, Christian, Kerrie, Casey, Zack, Courtney & Billy
12 Great Grandchildren Christopher, Michael, Joelle, Jeremy, Paul, Mitchell, Amanda, Abby, John, Jordan, Kennedy & Rian
Sister: Reatta Mull, Cheswick
Sister: Mary Micklow, Russellton
Sister: Olga Hibner, Russellton
Brother: Samuel Gentile and his wife Ruth, Tarentum
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Loretto and Christina DeMoro Gentile
Husband: Joseph Grovanz who died December 9, 2006
2 Sisters: Emma LaBrozzi, Della LaBrozzi
Brother: William Gentile
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (January 13, 2010) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.




Left by Doug Morris on 1/11/10

Carl, Gloria and family,
You were blessed to have a mother such as yours and to have her for so long. May your momentary grief become a lifelong praise for having been blessed with one such as she. I mourn with you...

Left by Ruth Ann Metcalf on 1/11/10

Marlene and family... so sorry to see that you have lost your mother and grandmother. I pray that you will be comforted by the prayers for your family at this time of great loss.
God Bless You All...

Left by Phil and Kim Jones on 1/11/10

Grovanz family, so sorry for your loss. Philomena was always such a pleasant lady. 

Left by Ralph Yore on 1/11/10

Carl,Gloria & Marlene My condolence goes out to your Mother and my God Mother and the rest of the Grovanz Family. Your Mom was the greatist and also the best cook in the world. May your Mom rest in peace. God Bless you . Cousin Ralph Yore and Family

Left by FRANCIS J NICOLO on 1/11/10


Left by Romie, Rita, Michael, Susan & Nancy Catalano on 1/12/10

Our deepest sympathies to all of your family. Rita will miss her room mate.
God bless you all.

Left by Jim, Pat, Darrin and Jami Kempher on 1/12/10

Carl, Gloria, Marlene and families
I can\'t express how deeply we will miss your mom. Philomena was a great lady and was able to share many stories with the staff and residents at the Manor. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Left by Don & Susan Hoy on 1/12/10

Marlene, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family and the relief in knowing she is at peace.

Left by Pam Snyder on 1/12/10

Marlene and Billy,
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. The time I spent with Phil will always be in my heart. My fondest memory of her is when she read to me from her Italian newspaper. She was an amazing woman. I will miss her.

Left by Joel And June Caldwell on 1/12/10

Marlene and family,

Sorry to learn of your loss. She was such a kind lady. We remember how helpful she was in her shoe store. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Left by Solveson family on 1/13/10

A nice beautiful lady - both inside and out - she joined your father. You all have great memories. Love, peace & joy to all of you.

Left by Deb Hallowell on 1/14/10


I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

Left by Carol Cummings Frank on 1/15/10

Philomena always sat at the same table in the dining room as my mother, Helen Cummings. I last saw her when we were filling Halloween bags for the children. A large tray of candy was placed in front of Phil..she immediately began to unwrap & eat those treats! She did fill the bags when they came around the table to her! I had to laugh when her tray was almost empty & she threw the remaining candies across the table to me!
The Manor won\'t seem the same without Phil at her place at the head of the table. She will be missed.


Left by Carl Grovanz on 1/16/10

My family and I will also miss mom.
Philomena was a great mother, grandma, great grandma and friend to everyone.
Thank you all for the comments and participating in the services for her. 
son Carl

Left by Martha Schalles on 1/16/10

My sincere sympathy goes out to all the Grovanz family. It was such a joy and privilege to spend time with Phil. She was a real treasure. I lost my Mom, Rebecca Johnson, one week before and am just heartsick from missing both of these dear women, but I know they are both in Heaven, singing with the angels now.

Left by Aloma Rudolph on 1/19/10

So sorry of your lost. She was such a nice person. I was lucky enough to work at Sylvania with her. And buying the girls shoes from her when she had shoe store. Always so pleasant, and always in her heels. 

Left by Ed andNancy Chambers on 2/22/11

Marlene- So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a sweet lady. I have fond memories of her a the shoe store. Take care and God be with you always.
Nancy and Ed