The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 25, 2013

Florence Lucy (Grove) Merritt

JOHNSTOWN — MERRITT – Florence Lucy (Grove), 96, Johnstown, passed away Sept. 24, 2013, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Feb. 5, 1917, in Conemaugh, daughter of the late, John G. and Mary B. (Studt) Grove. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Willard E. Merritt; brothers, Glenn, Harry and Daniel; sisters, Vera, Nancy and Ruth; and son-in-law, Rev. Harry Hull. Survived by daughters, Patricia Hull, Johnstown; Roberta (Merritt), married to Arnold Greene, Walterboro, S.C.; and Pamela (Merritt), married to Charles Crochet, Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Rachel (Dunn) Allen, and husband, John; Kelly (Dunn) Sciacca, and husband, Phil; Heather (Dunn) Sabo, and husband, Brian; Christine (Greene) Young, and husband, Michael; David, and wife, Joey (Gardner) Greene; Shawn, and wife, Michelle (Siess) Crochet; and Jill (Crochet) Elwood, and husband, Greg; and great-grandchildren, John Bayush, Riley Allen, Taylor and Ross Thomas, Vinnie Sciacca, Andy and Courtney Wyant, Emma Sabo, Braden and Ryan Young, Alex Gardner, Emilie and Isabelle Crochet and Ashlyn and Lauren Elwood. Also survived by her nephew, Daniel W. Grove Jr., and his partner, Kevin “Mickey” McMahon; and sisters-in-law, Florence I. Grove, Betty Grove and Betty M. Grove; also numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Florence was raised in Conemaugh, and graduated from Conemaugh High School. She worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and was a LPN and an office nurse. She married Willard Earl Merritt in 1949 and became a military wife, living in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, New York and Germany. They returned to Johnstown upon retirement in 1963. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Moxham. Private service will be held at the request of the family with the Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Moskal & Kennedy Colonial Funeral Home, Moxham. Memorial contributions may be directed to Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904, or Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation, 317 Power St., Johnstown, Pa. 15906. The family would like to thank the staff of Arbutus Park Manor and Windber Hospice for their loving care of Florence. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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