Grace H. Lawrence


Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Neighbor and Friend.

Grace H. Lawrence, 94, passed away on October 31st, at St. Mary’s Home in Erie, PA.

She was born September 3, 1919, in Pittsburgh (Hays), the fifth of eight children of Samuel and Mary (Weber) Lutz.

Grace grew up during the Depression, and after graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School, worked at J &L Steel during World War II. In 1945, she married John S. (Jack) Lawrence of Pittsburgh (Lincoln Place).

Grace and Jack lived in Pittsburgh and Irwin, PA, before moving in 1959 to the Steubenville area, where Jack was self- employed as a land surveyor.

Grace was a full-time homemaker, and contributed many excellent baked goods to local Catholic parishes where she was a member, including Holy Rosary (Steubenville), Blessed Sacrament (Wintersville), and St. John Fisher (Richmond).

As a Cub Scout den mother, she would take on any arts and craft project, her love of children also evident in the many hours she spent teaching young people to play the harmonica. Her home was adorned with her beautiful hand- made rugs and quilts.

Grace had a gift for words, loved to read, and was an accomplished poet and a relentless seeker of truth. She reveled in reading to children, animating the characters with imaginative voices. She was an avid gardener, canning fruits and vegetables, and making preserves.

Grace and Jack moved to a 40-acre farm in Richmond, OH, where they enjoyed their retirement years, spent time touring the country in their camper and had many happy winters in Florida with new friends. Jack died in 2004, and Grace moved to Erie in 2006 to live with her daughter.

Since 2008, Grace was a patient at St. Mary’s Home of Erie, where she received wonderful, compassionate care.

Besides her husband Jack, Grace was preceded in death by six of her seven siblings: Edith Goodrum, Edward Lutz, Thelma Mastascusa, Frank Lutz, Norma Grimes, and Richard Lutz.

She leaves to cherish her memory her youngest brother, Paul Lutz of Springdale, PA; her four children, Janet M. (Rev. Bernhard) Bischoff of Erie, Philip J. (Anna) Lawrence of Richmond / Bloomingdale, Vincent P. (Christine) Lawrence of Wintersville, and James R. (Andrea Fridley) Lawrence of Pittsburgh; as well as six grandchildren, Julia Stratton and Paul Bischoff, Elissa and Matthew Lawrence, Daniel and Mitchell Lawrence, and a great- grandson, Aiden Lawrence.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. at St. John Fisher Church, 7457 State Route 152 in Richmond, OH, on Monday, November 4.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father John McCoy officiating.

Burial will follow at Highland Hills Memorial Park, Follansbee, West Virginia.

Condolences may be sent online to

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to St. Mary’s Home of Erie for Gallagher Center in memory of Grace Lawrence (607 East 26th Street, Erie, PA 16504, or http://www.stmaryshome. org/charitable-giving/mem orial-and-honor-gifts/).