Suzanne Grainger

Obituary of Suzanne V. Grainger

ILION – Suzanne V. Grainger, of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at home, with her husband Paul at her side. She was born on April 30, 1947, in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late James and Mary (Booth) Bracken. She attended and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1965. On September 14, 1968, Suzanne was married to Paul D. Grainger at the Church of the Annunciation, in Ilion. Together, they shared in a blessed and devoted union of over fifty-four years. Sue’s career was spent with the Village of Ilion Board of Light Commissioners where she served as the bookkeeper for almost forty years until her retirement. As a woman very dedicated to her family, nothing made Sue happier than being at home with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her home was her happy place where she could often be found cuddled up with a good book. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and once got to return to Miltown Malbay, County Clare, the ancestral home of the Bracken family. The greatest joys in her life were her grandchildren and she showed her love and adoration by spoiling them every chance she got, especially at Christmas! Her faith in Jesus Christ sustained her throughout her earthly life and ushered her into eternal life in Heaven. Surviving family members include her husband, Paul, of Ilion, NY; her sons, Michael and his wife, Shauna, of Fayetteville, NY, Matthew and his wife, Mari, of Mohawk, NY and John, of Naples, FL; her grandchildren, Michaela, Daniel, Elisabeth, Kathryn, Lauren, Luke, Ainsley, Reagan and Andrew, all of Fayetteville, NY, as well as Tristan and Liam, of Mohawk, NY; her brothers, Bob and his wife, Gail, of Hudson, FL and Bill, of Waterford, NY; her sisters-in-law, Carol, of Bluffton, SC and Carol, of Herkimer, NY; her brother-in-law, Edward Grainger and his wife, Janet, of Stephens City, VA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Mary; her brothers, Jim, George and Tom; and her sisters, Mary, Patricia, Nancy, Liz and Barbara. In honoring Suzanne’s wishes, her family gathered in a private ceremony to bid their farewells to her. However, family and friends are invited to attend Sue’s Graveside Service, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion, NY and also, her public Celebration of Life, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon, at the Herkimer County Marine Corps League, 178 Second St., Ilion, NY. The Grainger family has entrusted the care of their beloved wife and mother to the Enea, Ciaccia and Applegate Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at
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