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Grace A Ley

December 22, 1927 ~ August 8, 2020 (age 92)


AVILLA - Grace Ley, 92, of Avilla, Indiana passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

 She was born December 22, 1927, in Fort Wayne to Harold and Clara (DeMongeot) Troop.

She belonged to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Avilla; Member of the American Legion Post 240 Ladies Auxiliary, Kendallville VFW Auxiliary, UAW Local 305. She graduated in 1945 from Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne.

 She married Francis Ley on July 24, 1954; he preceded her in death on May 11, 1992.

She was a buyer for International Harvester and retired in 1981 after 36 years. She was active for many years with the RSVP where she received many awards for her volunteer service. She loved bowling and rolled her last ball at the age of 85. She loved to fish, garden, collect fabric, and was always willing to help others.

 Survivors are son, Michael (Lynn) Ley of Fort Wayne, and daughter Sandy (Walt) Kowal of Fort Wayne. Also surviving are grandchildren Larry Ley Jr., Dennis (Pam) Ley, Samantha Ley, Gina (Tim) Kirby, Lindsay (Josh) Boidock, Shaun (Aubrey) Davis, Nikita Kowal, and Melissa Ley; 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by sons Larry Ley and Timothy Ley; grandsons Jeffrey Ley, Gus Boidock and granddaughter Amanda Ley; brother Lewis Troop, and sisters Kate Albin and Josephine Troop.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am, Thursday, August 13, 2020 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Avilla,  with visitation one half hour prior.  Visitation also from 5-7pm Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla.  Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Avilla.

Memorials are to Catholic Charities/RSVP Auburn, Indiana.  To leave an online condolence or sign the guestbook, visit

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August 12, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harper Funeral Homes - Avilla Chapel
530 North Main Street
Avilla, IN 46710

August 13, 2020

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Mass of Christian Burial
August 13, 2020

11:00 AM

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