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Grace Jean (Muir) Fletcher.

HOLYOKE Grace Jean (Muir) Fletcher passed away February 3, 2008 in the Overlook Masonic Home in Charlton. Grace was born on March 20, 1915 on a small farm in the Fairview section of Chicopee. She grew up in Chicopee and later moved to Holyoke in 1937 until moving to East Brookfield in March 2006.

Grace is the daughter and youngest of five children born to Thomas Muir & Mary (Martin) Muir who emigrated from Scotland in the early 1900s. Grace was the only child of the couple to be born in the United States. She was the last surviving member of the original family. Her mother was from Edinburgh and her father was from Glasgow. Her father was a master machinist whose skills were highly sought after in industrial centers like Holyoke and opportunities were much greater than back in Scotland.

Grace was the first child in the family to complete high school and graduated from Chicopee High School Class of 1932 with a business background of studies. Grace took numerous part time jobs after high school as 1932 was the Great Depression. After a year, she was hired as a secretary at Mass Mutual Insurance Co. in Springfield where she worked until 1935. She was then hired by Dr. Arthur L. Kinne MD of Holyoke to assume the position of Medical Secretary and "on the job" trained nurse in the busiest medical office in Holyoke.

Grace married Donald W. Fletcher in 1937 and the couple resided in Holyoke for the next 62 years of their married life, separated only during WWII when Donald served as an Infantry Officer in the ETO and was captured by the Nazis. He subsequently escaped during the Battle of the Bulge. Grace continued to work for Dr. Kinne until 1947 when their only child Glen was born.

Grace was affiliated with the First Lutheran Church in Holyoke and the First Congregational Church in North Brookfield.

Her husband, Donald, predeceased her in 1999. She is survived by her son, Captain Glen Fletcher USN (Ret.) & his wife Christina of East Brookfield; two grandchildren: LT. (JG) Aldebaran Kari (Fletcher) Imperatore and SB3 Tristan Spica Fletcher Naval Special warfare SBT22, both active duty members of the US Navy; many nieces & nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home, Rte 9/Old West Brookfield Rd., Brookfield. The funeral for Grace will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 11:00 AM in Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northhampton St., Holyoke. A calling hour will be held from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM prior to the service. Burial will follow in Forestdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to do so may send a contribution to the Springfield Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital in her memory.
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