Eastern Star Service
Obituary of Ruth U. Grommeck
Ruth (Ulrich) Grommeck, 84, of Glastonbury, CT passed away peacefully at home on Sunday (June 26, 2022) after a three year battle with
pancreatic cancer. She was born July 22, 1938 in New Rochelle, NY, daughter of the late Adolf and Elsie (Eisele) Ulrich.
Ruth is survived by her beloved family including husband Herbert E. Grommeck and her beloved daughters, Karen Pennington of Tolland, CT
and Suzanne Anziano of Killingworth, CT, Son-in-law Richard Anziano, grandchildren Nicole, Emily, and Jacob Pennington; Dominic, Emma, and
Adam Anziano, great grandchild Amora Pennington, and sister Anne Rudolph. She will be deeply missed by her extended family and friends.
After graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1956, Ruth attended Russell Sage College in Troy, NY where she earned a BS in Chemistry
with high honors and was class treasurer. Upon graduating she was employed by American Cyanamid in Stanford, CT as a Chemist
synthesizing chemical compounds for use as solid rocket propellants. On Sept. 10, 1961 Ruth was married to Herbert E. Grommeck and started
a lifetime relationship of almost 61 years. Their first home together was in East Lansing, Michigan where she worked in the Food Science
Laboratory at Michigan State University doing analysis of food products, while Herb completed his Master’s degree. After moving to
Connecticut in 1962 Ruth worked at the Fuller Brush Company in East Hartford as an Analytical Chemist, and later at Heublein, Inc. in
Hartford, CT as a computer programmer.
Ruth was very active in the communities in which she lived. In CT she was a member of the Evergreen Country Gardeners where she advanced her
passion for flower arranging and was a frequent flower show exhibitor and judge. She was awarded the title of Judge Emeritus by the Flower Show Judges Council of the
Federated Garden Clubs of CT. She was a member of the Glastonbury Grange, and a founding member of the Minnechaug Swim and Tennis Club where she enjoyed playing
tennis and teaching her children how to swim. Eastern Star was a very important part of Ruth’s life in retirement, where she was an active member and
especially enjoyed cooking dinners for large groups. She was a Past Matron and Past Secretary of Good Intent Chapter #17, Order of the
Eastern Star, and Past Grand Officer and Past Grand Representative to Manitoba, Canada, of the OES Grand Chapter of Connecticut. While
spending time at their Andes, NY home Ruth enjoyed gardening, fruit picking, and making homemade preserves. She loved gifting her jelly
to loved ones. While wintering in Florida, Ruth enjoyed playing Mah Jong, doing water aerobics, and shelling while enjoying the beach.
Ruth’s faith was very important to her, and she was a faithful member of South United Methodist in Manchester and Port Charlotte United
Methodist churches. Her service includes being a past president of the United Methodist Women group. She cherished her many lifelong
church friends who strengthened her faith through the years.
Ruth’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday June 30, 5-7 p.m.at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury with
the Order of the Eastern Star service at 6:45.
The Funeral Service will be at the South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main Street, Manchester, CT, at 11:00 am on Friday July 1. Internment
will be on Saturday July 2 at the Andes Cemetery, Andes, NY.
In lieu of flowers, Ruth’s family is requesting that donations be made to South United Methodist Church (1266 Main Street, Manchester CT 06040) or Evergreen Country Gardeners, c/o Carolyn Mitchell, 6 Brimfield Way, Rocky Hill, CT. 06067.
For online condolences please visit www.mulryanfh.com.