Catherine Marcella Heil-Grundish, 93

Catherine Marcella Heil-Grundish, 93, formerly of 05724 Auglaize Co. Road 33-A, in St. Marys, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Golden Living Center-Valley in St. Marys.

She was born on Nov. 8, 1918, in New Bremen, to Clarence and Catherine (Frenzer) Heil. On Feb. 22, 1941, she married Clair C. Grundish, who died on Feb. 3,1974.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Grundish  of St. Marys and Cassie (John) Panik  of Newbury Park, Calif.; by two sons, Art Grundish  of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Philip Grundish  of Logan; by 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Deborah (Terry) Heil-Carmean of St. Marys; two great-nieces; a great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Catherine Heil; her husband, Clair Grundish; an infant daughter, Ruth Grundish; a brother, Arthur Heil; her stepmother, Bernadette Heil; two aunts, Ester Boyce and Bertha Heil; her uncle, Albert Heil.

She was a graduate of New Bremen High School and earned her master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton.

Catherine worked at Strienese in New Bremen and at the General Telephone Co. She retired in 1985 from the St. Marys City Schools, having taught first, second and third grade at Noble Elementary for 18 years. In 1976, she was recipient of the Jennings Scholarship Award for Outstanding Teachers.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and its Women’s Guild-Hannah Circle and served as a deacon, elder and on its consistory. She was also a lifetime member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Auglaize County Retired Teacher Association, Progress Club, Beta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Association and Koop Community Club and the farm bureau. She traveled to Japan in 1986 and stayed with missionaries for 37 days.

Her favorite pastimes included sewing, gardening, reading, cooking and music. Summers found the Grundish family traveling to church camps in New York and in Wisconsin.

Rites are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 201 N. Perry St., in St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating.

Private family burial will take place at German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul’s UCC scholarship fund. Online condolences may be expressed via

Arrangements are entrusted to Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., in St. Marys.