Grace Annette Rowland was born on August 5, 1937 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and passed away March 10, 2023 in Hollywood, Florida.
Grace is survived by her four children, Steven Rowland, Joan Rowland (Sabrina), Tracy Gilbert, and David Rowland, her brothers Patrick J. Vitale Jr. (Marceline) and Thomas Vitale Sr. (Olga), twelve grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Jerome Vitale Sr. (Barbara).
Miss Grace was a force of nature and a vibrant soul who found immense joy as a beauty salon owner, instructor, and later as a restaurateur in the Florida Keys. Whether you were a customer or a friend, spending time with Grace was always a pleasure, thanks to her outgoing and charismatic personality. She was an avid fisherman, spending countless hours on the water, always returning with a story and laughter.
Grace was an active member of Coral Isles Church, dedicating her time and energy to serving both her church and the community. Grace's doors were always open to others, and she welcomed many children into her home over the years, earning her the reputation of being a mother figure to many. Above all, she treasured her family, finding strength and support in their unwavering love and faith.
Friends may greet the family and join in a celebration of Grace's life on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, CT followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Grace's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or at act.alz.org/goto/Grace_Rowland.