Grace A. (DeLuca) Napolitano

June 25, 1945 ~ September 28, 2020 (age 75)


Grace Napolitano passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020 after being lovingly cared for by her devoted husband through a two-year journey with brain cancer.

She was born Grace Antonia DeLuca in Bronxville, NY on June 25th 1945 to Christine Maria (Viola) DeLuca and Joseph Anthony Deluca.  She graduated from Pelham High School in 1963 and married Daniel Napolitano on April 26th,1964. They had been blessed with 56 years of marriage at the time of her death.

Grace is survived by her husband Danny (Fayetteville, NY), her brother and his wife Angelo and Geri DeLuca(Apopka, FL), her sister and her husband Pat and Dave Falcinelli (Fayetteville, NY), her three children and their spouses: Christina and Brian Black (Hollidaysburg, PA), Dan and Cheryl Napolitano (Fayetteville, NY), and Esther and Michael Konrad (Washington, DC), and her six grandchildren, Benjamin Black, Samuel Black, Joshua Napolitano, Sonja Napolitano, Jacob Konrad, and Addison Konrad.

Grace was a detail-oriented person known for the meticulous care with which she pursued any task. For many years, she applied this sensibility as a legal secretary in Scarsdale and White Plains, NY, specializing in the field of patent law, as well as to every activity in her life, ranging from her beautiful holiday cookie platters to her carefully designed and maintained flower gardens. When Grace retired with her husband to a beautiful property in Manlius, NY, she worked to make their home a wonderland for her grandchildren who cherished their visits to “Nana and Papa’s house.”  The property and grounds were their collective daily project and she took pride in the bloom of each plant, but particularly the Tardiva Hydrangea, which was her personal favorite.Grace frequented the YMCA for water aerobics and various activities.  She was a member of the Eastchester Christian Apostolic Church during her many years of living in Westchester county and after retiring was a member of the Fayetteville Christian Apostolic Church.

In their years of active, extended retirement, Grace and Dan travelled widely.  Wellfleet, MA was a frequent destination, where Grace walked, gardened, and “car-gazed” at the harbor and seashore that they loved together.  Their travels also took them to Italy, Portugal, Germany, Scotland, and other new places. In each destination, Grace appreciated landscape design, gardening, and history, while walking many footpaths and trails.  Finally, as incredibly supportive grandparents, they traveled often so that they could attend concerts, games, and other activities of their grandchildren.

“You go ahead and I’ll catch up,” was Grace’s frequent statement to those accompanying her on a walk.  Now, each of us whom Grace touched respond: “You go ahead and we will catch up.”

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