Olga Mary Grove, 89, store worker, homemaker

July 18, 2006

Olga Mary Grove, a homemaker and department store worker, died of a stroke Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Parkville resident was 89.

Born Olga Mary DeNardi in Chicago, she moved as a child to Baltimore's Little Italy with her parents. They later lived in Highlandtown, and she attended Our Lady of Pompei school. She worked for many years at Irvin's department store on Eastern Avenue.

Family members said she was a baseball fan and watched Orioles games. She was also the family cook and prepared large meals that included minestrone, gnocchi and spaghetti. She also made soft crab sandwiches and sour beef and dumplings.

Her husband of 42 years, Howard G. Grove, a truck driver, died in 1979.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday at Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church, where she had been a member.

Survivors include two sons, Howard P. Grove of Bel Air and Joseph E. Grove of Overlea; three daughters, Joan Patricia Herzberger of Baltimore, Maryann Kudrick of Fallston and Gloria V. Heemann of Towson; a brother, Joseph DiNardi of Eastwood; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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