Bertha May Gruchy

August 21, 2016


The loving family of Bertha Gruchy bid their final farewell to “Aunt Bert”. Aunt Bert passed peacefully away at Tiffany Village on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her husband William A. Gruchy; sister Florence Moakler; brother Max Soper; nephew Mike Moakler, and sister-in-law Edna Kelly.

Leaving to mourn her brother Don Soper; her nieces Judy Moakler, Jill Grandy (Rick), Anne Edwards (Ghislain), Jane Green (Gerry) and Janet Horlick; nephew Grant Kelly and special great-niece Lou-Anne Moakler. Also a number of great nieces, nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, in addition to a large number of friends.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Tiffany Village for their kind, caring and compassionate support of Aunt Bert during her final days. A special thank you to Rev. Gail MacDonald for her visits and prayers with Aunt Bert in her time of need.

To honor Aunt Bert’s wishes, cremation has taken place. She will be laid to rest, with her loving husband, Bill, at Forest Road Anglican Cemetery on Wednesday, August 24, at 11:30 a.m., with a reception to follow at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Aunt Bert’s memory to St. Thomas’ Anglican Church on Military Road.


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So sorry to hear of Bertha’s passing. She was a good friend to my mother in law, Marjorie Carver (Noseworthy) since childhood. I met Bert when I returned to Newfoundland a few years ago when I went back to help my mom. She would go and visit my mom in the nursing home and my mother in law always spoke so highly of her and told me many stories about growing up. They had a lot of fun together. Even though my mother in law has lived in Kokomo, Indiana for many years they always kept in touch by phone and letter through the years. Marjorie will miss talking to her very much. She was one of her last Newfoundland connections.

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Gruchy. Our mom and dad, Shirley and Herman Gushue were great friends with her and Mr. Gruchy. They lived next door to her at her summer residence in Brigus..
Condolences from Shirley and Herman’s three daughters. Maxine, Michelle and Sharon and our families.

Nina and I had many good times with Bert and Bill at their summer home in Brigus., and of course boating on conception bay from the RNYC. As we get older we all have to accept the inevitable and our good friend Bert did it with style and grace. Now at a very good age Bert is providing us with a good example. Good luck old friend., You were always a great lady…

My condolences on the passing of Mrs, Gruchy, She was a very special lady.

It is with great sadness I’ve learned of Berta’s passing. My deepest sympathy to her whole family, especially her brother Don.
My Aunt Alice was married to their brother Max.
I will miss our visits together and our many conversations. Berta was a very special lady and she will be greatly missed.

So sorry to learn of Aunt Bert’s death. Although she was not related to me she and Uncle Bill were a big part of my youth. (Great friends with my mom and dad and with my Aunt Aud and Uncle Fred.).

She was a gracious and lovely woman- a person I always admired.

So sorry to learn of Mrs. Gruchy’s passing. She was my grandmother’s neighbour and we were friends. She and I shared a birthday and she always remembered mine! We had a craft group many years ago which brings back fond memories, especially our night in Brigus. I admired her attitude, independence and courage. May beautiful memories bring you comfort.

Please accept my most sincere condolences. My grandmother, Marian (Oakley) Potter, made sure I was able to meet “Aunt Bert” and we shared many a memorable time together. I was able to visit her in St. John’s a few years ago when we went to The Rooms for lunch. She will be sincerely missed by the Potter/Barz family in Ontario.

So sorry to hear of Aunt Bert’s passing. My mom, Marian (Oakley) Potter, was a great friend of hers growing up and we enjoyed many visits over the years in Toronto, Brigus and St.John’s.
My condolences to the family.

Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Gruchy’s family on her passing. Ive known Mrs. Gruchy since I was 12 yrs old. when our family and the Grucys became neighbors. I always found her to be a straight shooting, strong, adventurous woman; always so beautifully coiffured – a lovely lady to the end.
Marian,, Fred Hopkins and family

So sorry to hear of Bertha’s passing. Our family has known the Soper’s for many years. Cherish those happy memories.!

I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Grouchy’s passing. I’ve been friends with her for the past 6 years and will miss my visits and chats with her. I am really going to miss bringing her different soups and blueberry muffins because she enjoyed them so much. My sincere condolences go out to her nieces and other relatives. May she rest in peace.

By Brenda and Walter Day

So sorry for the loss of Mrs. Bertha Gruchy she was such a kind and witty lady. Always enjoyed our chats and visits when she would come in to the hair salon. She will be missed by all of the girls at Head 1st . May she RIP

Bert and I were friends for many years and I have lots of happy memories of good times together. Sorry I didn’t know she was at Tiffany as we may have continued to get together as I have been here for a year. May she be at rest.

We were neighbours of Bert and Bill’s in Linden Court in the early 1960s. Also, I worked with Bert at the Workers’ Compensation Board, where she was a lively presence indeed, loved and admired by all. She remained positive and cheerful even in the final difficult months and days, never losing her sense of fun. It’s sad to think of a world without Bert. My sincere condolences to her nieces and other family members.

Please accept my condolences on Bert’s passing; she was a wonderful lady!

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Grouchy’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God rest her soul.

So sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and neighbour. Thoughts and prayers to you at the sad time for your family.

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Gruchy’s passing. My parents were neighbours of hers and now my husband and I are. I have fond memories of my children coming to Nefoundland each summer on vacation and Mrs. Grouchy stopping her car to chat with them. She bought tickets and chocolate bars to support school endeavours and was a really nice neighbour. We are sorry to hear of her passing and send your our sympathies and may she rest in peace.