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Elvina L. Grimins

Elvina Louise Grimins, of Painted Post, N.Y., 89, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, at her little house in Painted Post surrounded by the love of her family.

Born Elvina Louise Pepperman to Eugene Pepperman and Hazel Carr on Oct. 18, 1929, in Jersey Shore, Elvina was predeceased by her husband, Ward Grimins; parents; and her brother, Eugene Pepperman Jr.

Elvina graduated in 1947 from Jersey Shore High School. She went on to work at the office of Woolrich Woolen Mills, then the Corning Glass Works as a senior check writer, Fallbrook payroll and then the office of Scudder’s Dairy. She retired from Scudder’s Dairy after the flood of 1972 because her house and the dairy suffered a lot of damage. Later she was employed as a school crossing guard for 20 years. Children of the 1970s and ’80s may remember her as the crossing guard at the corner of Dodge Avenue and Cayuta Street in Corning.

Elvina has been an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church for over 50 years. She sung in the choir, served as their financial secretary for 13 years and as president of the Lutheran Church Women. Elvina enjoyed her family, cooking and watching her soap operas! She was a member of the Red Hats (Crystal Chicks). In her younger days she loved to camp, dance, crochet, garden, bowl and was a member of a bridge club and knitting club.

Elvina is survived by her daughters, Sheryl Harnas (Tom), of Hammondsport, N.Y., Brenda Passmore (Jim), of Painted Post, N.Y., Joy Kling (Keith), of State College; grandchildren, Jill Morris, Erin Morris, Ellen Passmore, Joe Passmore, Kari Hively and Ward Hively; and her sister, Betty Burkholder.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for her at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 149 W. William St., Corning, NY, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jennifer Long officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Elvina’s name may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Kind words and memories may be left for Elvina’s family at www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com.

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