MINA PATRICIA (MENARD) GREW, age 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at her home in Bethlehem, CT after prolonged diminishing health.
Mina was born December 1, 1934, in New Britain, CT to Henry and Ida (Boutin) Menard, who predeceased her. Mina was also predeceased by her husband Milton Grenville Grew, her younger brother Donat Menard, and her sister-in-law Betty Hartley.
She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Watertown High School. After graduation she worked as a secretary at Farrell Foundry in the 1950’s.
Because of her mother’s strong love for God and desire to know more about the Bible, their family started studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses when Mina was 12 years old. Within a short time Mina, her mother, her younger sister Lorelie, and brother became active members of the Waterbury Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and that is where she met her husband Milton Grenville Grew. They both were very active in the Bible ministry work of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Waterbury area. She helped Milton start his own architectural design practice in Waterbury shortly after the birth of their son, Milton Gregory (Greg) Grew.
In 1969 they spent a month attending international conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe and they did the same for a month in 1970 across Africa. In 1972 her family moved to Rexton, New Brunswick, Canada and were very active for many years in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses there. They moved back to Connecticut in the early 1980’s for a few years. During that time their son Greg married Pauline and gave Mina two granddaughters, Chelsea and Aubrey.
In 1989 Milton and Mina moved back to their property in Canada. She divided her time there to her Bible ministry and caring for her husband during his illnesses until he died in 2014, after 65 years of marriage. Mina stayed in Canada another three years until she moved back to Connecticut where she could be cared for by her family. Until her death she was active with the Woodbury Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses where she had many dear friends.
Mina’s health continued to diminish over the last few years. Her family is truly grateful for the loving care she received from her full-time caregiver, Margaret Osei, who lived with her for three years. She was also well attended to by an aide, Joanie, and the wonderful staff of Regional Hospice. All were instrumental in keeping her comfortable and well cared for.
Mina is survived by her son Milton Gregory Grew and his wife Pauline of Woodbury; granddaughter Chelsea White and her husband Shane of Oakville; great grandchildren Autumn and Kasen White of Oakville; granddaughter Aubrey Zaletta and her husband Jordan of Seymour; her sister Lorelie Ippolito of Thomaston; niece Stacey Ippolito of Southbury; niece Alisha Erikson and her husband and daughter of Bristol; brother-in-law Robert Grew and his wife Virginia of Nazareth, PA; nephews Jonathan, David, and John; nieces Llewelyn, Kimberly, Heather, Guinevere, Melanie, and Christian, along with their spouses, children and grandchildren; nieces Susan Hartley and Sherry Hudson, and nephew Paul Hartley of Maine, along with their children. She is also survived by her aunt Gabrielle Chernovetz, her mother’s youngest sibling, along with many cousins in the U.S. and Canada.
Mina was most happy when she could teach others about the Bible and her God Jehovah. She also enjoyed music and literature. She firmly believed in the Bible’s promise of a resurrection to those who have died to a paradise earth (John 5:28:29) and the coming transformation of this planet into a world filled with peace for humans to live forever upon (Psalm 37:11, 29; Revelation 21:3,4). Mina’s favorite verses from the Bible were those in Psalm 23, both familiar and loved by many.
A memorial service will be hosted by the Woodbury Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses via Zoom online video conference on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 1:30 PM.
To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Video Presentation to begin at 1:30pm EST and Memorial Talk to follow at 2:00pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 203 263 3388