June 28, 1936 ~ August 23, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: North Haven, CT

Barbara Ann Gruneis, 84, of North Haven, passed away with family by her side at Yale New Haven Hospital on August 23, 2020. She was born in New Haven on June 28, 1936 to the late John and Fedora Sullo DeLaca. Barbara graduated from the Grace New Haven School of Nursing. As a registered nurse, she worked at the Greater New Haven OB-GYN Group for many years. She continued her career at Montowese Health Care, where she received the Nightingale Nursing Award for excellence in nursing. After retiring, Barbara volunteered her time at Gaylord. In her free time she could be found reading or watching women’s UCONN Basketball. Her most cherished pastime though, was time spent with her family. She was always present at her grandchildren’s functions, especially sporting events, where she was their biggest cheerleader.
Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and Bill Sims, and Leslie and David Frost, and her grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, and David Sims, all of North Haven. Predeceased by her former husband, Emil “Sonny” Gruneis.
Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Thursday morning, August 27th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. in St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish-St. Barnabas Church, 44 Washington Ave., North Haven followed by burial in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Contributions in Barbara’s memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org, Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org, or to Gaylord Hospital, www.gaylord.org.


Visitation: August 27, 2020 9:30 - 11:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: August 27, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Barnabas Church
44 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473


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  1. So sorry to read about Barbs passing. We are away and will not make the services. She was a great lady! I will always remember her kindness snd always willing to help. May she rest in peace.
    Sally & Matt

  2. Words cannot express how sad both Charlie and I are hearing of Barbara’s passing. I thought we would get to have one more of our lunches. Gayle and Leslie you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. As you know your Mom and I have a long history, growing up on Pearl St., being life long friends and always being there for each other. She was like a sister to me, I will miss her immensely. May she Rest in Peace. JO

  3. Gayle I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a wonderful person and patient. My prayers are with you and your family

  4. Sharon and I are very sorry to learn of Barbara passing. She was a longtime and loyal member of the North Haven Sons and Daughters. She and I shared a few laughs and volunteered checking in guests at the lodges annual fashion show.
    Rest in peace Sharon and Lenny

  5. So very sad to see that Barbara has past away. She had such a great energy and added fun to our North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy meetings and events. Comfort sent to all her loved ones.
    Rest in peace, Barb.
    Gale and Gary

  6. Leslie and Gayle,
    I am so sad that Aunt Barb has passed. I have such good memories to look back on. The last memory I have of Aunt Barb was at Uncle Ernie’s funeral when we were sitting together and she was ” shushing” us. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Aunt Barb. Love you Aunt Barb.

    Sandy ( TX niece)

  7. I loved playing with Barbara when I would visit my grandparents (Bill & Polly). She was always so welcoming and loved to laugh. Barbara, I wish I had contacted you more – I’ll miss you dearly. All my love to Gayle, Leslie, Ashley, Taylor, and David. ♥️

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