YUMA, ARIZONA — Ann Marie (Campbell) Grande, 87, of Yuma, AZ, a former long-time resident of Rome, NY, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, after a short illness at her home in Yuma. Ann was born in Scranton, Pa. to Joseph “Slots” Campbell and the former Jules “Nanny” Campbell (Corcoran) on October 2, 1931. Ann moved to Rome as a young child, attended Rome schools including the former SAA High School and graduated from RFA in 1949. During those high school years, Ann met and in 1951, married the love of her life, the late William (Bill) S. Grande Sr., who passed away in 2005. Friends and relatives will always remember Ann working as a bank teller at the former Oneida National Bank in Old Downtown Rome, and then later, at the former Fleet and Norstar Banks. Many would often be heard commenting “if you want to get in and out in a hurry, go to Annie’s line!” For 30 plus years, Ann and Bill could be seen at nearly every baseball game played by their four sons at hundreds of area little league, pony league, high school, American Legion, and college baseball games. Eventually sharing in the dream of having two of those sons being “signed” and playing in professional baseball. Ann was also proud of her lone daughter, who she watched attain her Registered Nursing degree and enjoy a long career as a top surgical nurse at Rome Hospital. Ann (and Bill) were both long-time active members of the former Rome National Little League and parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Ann is survived by her five children, William S. Grande Jr. and partner Pamela Lange of Beaumont CA, Christine and Timothy Hurley of Rome, Michael and Jean Grande of Rome, Anthony and Sharon Grande of Leesburg, FL, and Marc and Keena Grande of Yuma, AZ; three siblings and spouses, Jean Hall (and the late Thomas “Lucky”), Beaufort, SC, James Campbell (and the late Marjorie), Tucson AZ, and Joseph and Sandra Campbell, Rome; nineteen grandchildren (ten being grandchildren) and nine great-grandchildren; in addition to several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Rome. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family would also like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Hospice of Yuma and the staff at Kindred Homes for the compassionate care.
Funeral Arrangements by Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home 7751 Merrick Road, Rome.
Messages of sympathy can be offered, and obituary details can be viewed on line at; strong-burnsandsprock.com