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Grace Champy


Grace Champy, age 79 formerly of Paterson and Wayne, NJ died peacefully on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Rockwall, Texas.

Grace grew up in Paterson, NJ and graduated with a “Perfect Attendance” award from Eastside High School in 1955. She went on to work for Southern Bell Telephone and for Bunker Hill in Paterson. She also devoted many years working at her family’s business; Whitey’s Bar & Grill on Green Street in Paterson along with her Aunt Annie, her children and nieces and nephews who helped out on the weekends. After her children were grown, she became an office assistant at Digital Creations in Closter, NJ and Dentalmatrix in Broomall, PA both with her daughter Kim.

Grace was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Throughout the years when she was raising her children, Grace became the ‘neighborhood mom,’ offering a willing ear and her gentle heart to all of the neighborhood kids. Sometimes it seemed as though everyone came to her for emotional support and guidance. Of course, they may have been coming for her food as well – she was an excellent cook and baker. Grace also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers, swimming, and caring for her pet birds, cats, and dogs whom she loved dearly. If she wasn’t knitting, planning a trip to the casino, or dining out, then she was with her family. Her world revolved around her family and she has always been very proud of them.

Grace met her husband, Albert Champy, just after graduating high school. They were enrolled at dancing school together and this became a lifelong passion of theirs. They were the envy of the dance floor, spinning to the Cha Cha as well as many other traditional ballroom dances. Grace and Al married in 1957 at St. Michael’s Church in Paterson and settled on Buffalo Ave. in Paterson before moving to Wayne in 1963. They were blessed with a truly wonderful, fun loving marriage for thirty two years before Al passed away in 1989. Gratefully, they enjoyed many vacations together including a cruise to Bermuda, many vacations in the Catskills, and several trips to Pinellas Park, Florida to visit with her parents. They used to frequent the horse track, where Grace loved to bet on the ponies. It all added up to many happy memories for the entire family.

Grace is survived by her loving children; Kim McCullough and her husband Gary of Bushkill, PA, and Keith Champy of Rockwall, TX, six grandchildren; A.J. McNally of Bushkill, PA, Keith R. Champy of Rockwall, TX, Chad McCullough of Bushkill, PA, Peter McCullough (Nikki) of River Edge, NJ, Jason McCullough (Nicole) of Bushkill, PA, Carly Brownlee (Matt) of Bushkill, PA, three great-grandchildren, one sister; Eleanor Shepherd of Crystal River, FL, her uncle; Phil Bartolotto (Doris) of Fair Lawn, NJ, her aunt Anne Pelosi of Totowa, NJ, her niece Donna Price (Allen) of Summerton, SC, nephew John Baker (Denise) of Greenville, SC, niece Debra Nash (Rick) of Greer, SC, nephew Anthony D'Anna (Michelle) of East Hanover, NJ, nephew Nick D'Anna of Livingston, NJ, nephew Joe D'Anna of Livingston, NJ and many cousins.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 - 10:30 AM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 AM, followed by entombment at the Calvary Mausoleum in Paterson, where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Donations in Grace’s memory would be greatly appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations can be made online by visiting, or mail you’re your donation to; Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Guest Book


Keith and Kim Bob and I are so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May the wonderful memories you have of her help ease your grief at this very sad time. Love, Karen and Bob

Karen Steinberger


To Kim and your family - My prayers and thoughts are with you. You have a guardian angel to look over you all. Love, Linda

Linda Yacus


Auntie was one special woman who was always there when you needed her. So many great memories that will be treasured forever.

Debra & Rick Nash


Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was someone very special in my life. Love Cousin Jean

Jean and Ray Boutin

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