Grace M. Campanelli, 73

Grace M. Campanelli, 73 of Lancaster, died Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Mount Joy Unit of Hospice of Lancaster County. Her late husband Richard D. Campanelli died in 2002.

Born in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Angelina Ventola Petito. Grace graduated from St. John’s University in Queens and was an accomplished business woman. She volunteered in cancer care at local hospitals and was an avid traveler. A member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, she visited the sick, served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at Mass, was a member of the Auxiliary of The Legion of Mary and she volunteered at many parish functions.

Surviving are two sons, Richard and Steven Campanelli and five siblings, Patricia Demarco, Carmela McKeen, Angelo Petito, Angelina Perri and Rosalie Petito. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and a devoted friend and true inspiration to all. Her siblings Phylis Matteo, Joseph and Anthony Petito and Susan Guerrieri preceded Grace in death.

Viewings will take place on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 7-9 PM, with the recitation of the Rosary at 8:15 PM, at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 414 E. King St., Lancaster, PA and Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 10-11 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Thursday at 11 AM, with The Rev. Michael E. Messner as Celebrant. Final Farewell and Commendation will take place in St. Joseph’s New Catholic Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Contributions can be made in Grace’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central PA, 800 Corporate Circle, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110. To send the family online condolences please visit

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I am sorry for your loss Grace was always such a nice person no matter how she was feeling she had a smile for me.
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I’m very sorry to learn of Grace’s passing.  She and I spent our younger days in Brooklyn and we had many good times together.  I visited with Grace and Rich when they moved to Lancaster and always enjoyed their hospitality and friendship.  I am very sorry that I am unable to attend the funeral services, but she will be in my prayers.  My condolences to the family.

Catherine Dreher
Brooklyn, New York

We are all sorry to lose our little trooper-Aunt Grace. Over the years she spent holidays with all different families-depending on which niece or nephew was throwing a celebration. She made extra efforts to attend plays and shows that Juliana Maffei was directing, and if a niece or nephew was actually starring in the show…well watch out! She was exuberant and always ready with her camera, a big bear hug, and a smile on her face. When Uncle Richard came into her life she made all of us feel that he was always a part of our huge family-and he WAS a great, warm, asset. She was our irreplaceable, spiritual Auntie Mame!

I saw her obituary just by accident.  Sorry to hear about her death.  She wrote an e mail to me some time ago.  I had dinner at their home with Grace and Richard many times while I lived in Lancaster. 
She is a lovable and loving Person. 
If you need anything let me know.
God bless you all and console you in her loss.
Fr. Manny Camilleri

Sister Grace was always there whenever I needed someone to talk to.  She was never judgmental or critical.  Like sister Phylis, she always cared and loved you – no matter.  She would search all the world to find you – but she never bothered or intruded on you.  I always loved and respected her – and miss her phone calls and/or emails.  I am sure she is also missed by all who knew her.  Brother Angelo.

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