A. Grace Leddy
A. Grace Leddy
  • August 14, 1915 - October 7, 2017
  • Staten Island, New York

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A. Grace Leddy, 102
Beloved mother and family matriarch
A. Grace Leddy, 102, of Sunset Hill, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, was called home to the Lord on Oct. 7, 2017, after a four-month illness. She was a resident of Carmel-Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center at the time of her passing.
Born Angelina Grace Martine in Brooklyn in 1915, she attended St. Angela Hall Academy in that borough, thereafter accepting a position at American Book-Stratford Press in Manhattan.
Her father, Joseph Martine, a renowned architect and college professor, drafted the plans for several Manhattan skyscrapers. Her mother, Adeline Martine, a stay-at-home-mom, just might have been the most enthusiastic Brooklyn Dodgers fan of all time.
Grace, as she preferred to be called, married Daniel D. Leddy, a co-worker, in 1939. The couple and their two children, Daniel D. Leddy Jr. and the late Mary Ann Leddy Fredheim, moved to Staten Island in 1947, settling in Clifton. A third child, Maureen Leddy Powers, was born in September of that year. The family relocated to Sunset Hill in 1974.
Grace's husband, Daniel, who ultimately became the plant superintendent at American Book-Stratford Press, died in 1996.
Grace was an outstanding bowler, garnering several trophies over the years. She was also exceptionally talented in crafting ceramic figures.
Grace always put her family first, however, steadfastly encouraging them in all their undertakings, enthusiastically celebrating their many accomplishments, and lovingly comforting them in life's inevitable adversities.
In 1978, while at her seasonal residence in Windham, N.Y., she was credited with saving a neighbor's life when she fearlessly commandeered a runaway tractor, rescuing the operator who had become disorientated and was dangling over its side.
A devout Catholic, Grace regularly attended Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in West Brighton. In 2011, when the Church implemented several changes to the liturgy, she was asked by a reporter from NY1 why she was still making her way to Mass week after week. "Because I'm a Catholic," she replied. "I was born a Catholic. Hopefully, I'll die a Catholic. And that's it."
Grace said the Rosary every day and, perhaps not so coincidentally, passed away on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. She was also a member of the Senior Spirituality Society at Blessed Sacrament, and an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary.
In addition to her son, Daniel, and her daughter, Maureen, Grace is survived by her sister, Marie McCullagh of Jacksonville, Fla., five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at Harmon Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church, Forest Avenue, West Brighton. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
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