Josephine Grohola

Josephine V. Grohola

Saturday, January 14th, 1922 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Josephine Marino Grohola, 98, of Clearfield died on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born on January 14, 1922 in Clearfield, a daughter of the late John and Vincenza (Lombardo) Marino.

Josephine graduated from Clearfield Senior High School in 1939, and then from Indiana State Teacher's College in 1945. She also attended Wyoming University of Laramie, WY, as well as Penn State University.

Mrs. Grohola taught at various schools including Randolph High School for one year, Shannock Valley High School for one year, and then Clearfield Area Schools for 38 years. She retired in 1985 after 40 years of teaching Home Economics.

She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield; Rosary and Altar Society, and the National Education Association. She was a lifetime member of the PA Association of School Retirees Clearfield County Chapter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association, and CAST. She was a past member of the Clearfield Women's Club, and Clearfield Area Agency on Aging.

She is survived by a sister, Ellen White and husband Thomas of St. Louis, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen J. Grohola on March 16, 1987 and whom she wed July 16, 1960 in Clearfield. She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Joseph Marino, Sam Marino, Fortunato Marino, and Frank Marino, John Marino, and Ronald Marino; and three sisters, Mary Marino, Margaret Formato, and Rose Dobbins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Grohola will be private. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Francis School Scholarship Endowment Fund 212 South Front Street, Clearfield, PA .

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    Calvary Cemetery
    Park Avenue Extension
    Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
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Private Condolence

Jeanne M. Urban

Posted at 05:15pm
To the Marino & Grohola Families:
Josephine Grohola was my home economics teacher in the 7th grade. I still use her recipe for macaroni & cheese! Until Arby's came up with their recipe for macaroni & white cheddar cheese, her recipe using Clearfield Cheese Company's yellow cheddar & a béchamel sauce was the best. It is still preferred by all the little kids I know - nourishing & comforting, much like Josephine herself - but with a dash of mustard, like her sharp wit!

I can see her in my mind's eye with her fellow teachers Mildred "Mid" Johnston & Mary Lou Wrigley, down there in the basement of the old Clearfield Middle School East, with the shop classes. I was so fortunate that I became her friend, as I approached adulthood & loved to cook, bake & can. I learned just how important her family was to her & grieved with her when she lost her husband.

Please accept my sympathy in your loss.

Jeanne Urban

Joy Swatsworth

Posted at 04:21pm
Because of Mrs. Grohola I learned to love oatmeal & stewed prunes. I still make her recipe of scalloped cabbage! It's one of my families favorites. I wonder how many people she taught to level dried ingredients & how to prepare a cake pan properly. So many of the techniques I use to this day I learned from her....I know how to make the best sauces based on the principles she taught us. The lovely thing is I'm passing them all on to my daughter. She left her mark on so many of us. She was a great lady. My condolences to her family.

Diane Garito Tyler

Posted at 09:13pm
A great, no-nonsense teacher!

Dede Apfelbaum

Posted at 08:19pm
My condolences to all of you! She was my cooking teacher in junior high over 50 years ago and it would have been so much fun to talk to her as an adult who loves to cook. One special memory I have is that during one class, I think in 7th grade, Mrs. Grohola took us on a "field trip"to her apartment, where we moved some frozen items back to a freezer at school, including some wedding cake. I think her home freezer was broken. But to us, it was a great adventure! She had us cook all kinds of items in the three years we had her, which was great...I should try making cream puffs again! My thoughts are with you.

Dede Apfelbaum

John Marino

Posted at 05:28pm
Aunt Jo was sharp as a tack throughout her life. Loved my conversations with her. Never anyone’s fool, she called it like she saw it. A straightforwardness that is all too seldom found these days.

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