Grace Pembroke Greenwald, 90, Woodstock, died peacefully Monday, July 3, 2017, at Hearthstone Manor, Woodstock.
She was born March 7, 1927, to Grace Gunning and John Pembroke in Urbana.
On March 31, 1951, she married Frank Greenwald in Gary, Ind.
She attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta. She earned a degree in sociology and went on to become an elementary school teacher. Her brief professional career gave way to a career as a mother and active participant in her community.
She served in the Woodstock Hospital Auxiliary in various capacities for more than 40 years.
She was devoted to promoting women’s education and was the co-founder of a local chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) in 1977. She was active on the Woodstock Fine Arts Board, Woodstock Opera House Restoration and Mental Health Board. As a parishioner of St. Mary Church, she was a CCD teacher, eucharistic minister and member of the funeral luncheon committee. She enjoyed many years in the Welcome Wagon group and delivering Meals on Wheels.
She had a great appreciation for the fine arts, beginning with performing in high school dramas, where she first met her future husband, Frank Greenwald. They were longtime season ticket holders at the Goodman Theatre and Lyric Opera in Chicago. Grace enjoyed travels to Australia, Belgium, Germany, Eastern Europe and the British Isles. She was a life-long bridge player and also had a love of crossword puzzles.
Her memory is honored by children, Catherine (Stephen) Kilburn, Raleigh, N.C., Carolyn (Timothy) Horton, Baltimore, Md., F. Tobin (Susan) Greenwald, Minneapolis, Minn., and Keith Greenwald, Arlington Heights; grandchildren, Kelly Kilburn, Casey Kilburn, Emily Horton and Mark Horton.
She was preceded in death by a son, James (2010); a brother, John Pembroke (2013); and her husband, Frank (2015).
A memorial gathering will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock, until the memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be private in Calvary Cemetery.
Tax-deductible memorial contributions can be made to PEO Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772, https://www.cottey.edu/give/; or St. Coletta of Illinois, 18350 Crossing Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60487.