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Philamena "Philly" Grabarz

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Philamena "Philly" Grabarz Obituary
Philamena "Philly" Grabarz, 87
PORTLAND - Philamena "Philly" Grabarz, 87, passed away on Aug., 18, 2015, at her home in Portland. Philly was born on Feb. 17, 1928, in Astoria, Queens. She was the youngest daughter of the late Paul and Stella Zazzero and beloved sister of Vito Zazzero and his wife Edna and the late Mary Anne Driscoll.
After high School she was employed at General Electric where she met her husband Wallace C. Grabarz. They were married at St. Joseph's Church in Long Island City, N.Y., in 1950, and moved to Mamaroneck, N.Y., where they bought a home and raised their three children.
In July of 1973, she and her husband bought a family camp on Highland Lake in Windham, and when her husband retired from General Electric they purchased a home in Portland and moved to Maine in 1979. "The Camp" was their summer home for many years. It made her happy to see the camp become a place that brought her family together, where all were welcome and everyone felt like family.
She loved to bowl. She was involved in many different bowling leagues in the Greater Portland area and could be found at the local bowling alley several days a week. She often traveled with her dear friends in her bowling league to events in and around New England, always making time to stop by the casino if the opportunity presented itself. Bowling was a family affair as well. She took great joy in bowling with her family, either on a league night or just a rainy Sunday morning.
Philly is survived by her three children, Jeff and wife Rosemary of Stockton, Calif., Wallace P. Grabarz and wife Kim of Westbrook, and William Grabarz and partner Jennifer Doe of Portland; her five grandchildren, Vanessa Grabarz Rigby and husband Nigel, Joseph Grabarz and his wife Kristina, Anthony Grabarz, Leah Grabarz and William Wallace Grabarz; as well as her two great-grandchildren Hunter and Noah Grabarz.
Friends and family are invited to attend a time of visitation on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Sept. 6 to Sept. 18, 2015
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