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Alvana S. (Rifenbark) Grasso

October 6, 1922 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 96)

Cobleskill- Alvana S. Grasso, 96, formerly of Cobleskill, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY.

Born on October 6, 1922 in North Harpersfield, she was the daughter of Anna (Coons) and Horace W. Rifenbark, Sr.

She married Frank M. Grasso on January 4, 1942 and he predeceased her in 2002.  She was also predeceased by her daughter, Gloria; and sons:  Frank and LeRoy; daughter-in-law, Clara, and grandson, Nathan.

Survivors include her daughters:  Ella M. (Ken) Sager of Rogersville, TN and Theresa J. Grasso of Albany, NY; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Lottie Allen and nieces and nephews.

Alvana was a homemaker and took pride in raising her family.  She made handiwork for the Everything Shoppe in Cobleskill and enjoyed crocheting.  Alvana was a member of the Barnerville United Methodist Church and former member of the Cobleskill Wesleyan Church.  Her faith and trust in God sustained her throughout her life.

For the past several years, Alvana has lived in Montgomery Nursing Home, Montgomery, NY, near her loving granddaughter, April, her husband, Tim, and her great-granddaughter, Emily, whom she especially loved.

A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill with Rev. Donald Klob officiating.  Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held at the funeral home from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, April 22, 2019.  Burial will be in Summit Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County, 90 Crystal Run Rd., Suite 401, Middletown, NY  10941.


Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County
90 Crystal Run Rd. Suite 401, Middletown NY 10941


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