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Norine Roth Grantz

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 29, 2022 @ 7:00 am In Obituaries | 17 Comments

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“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Norine E. Roth Grantz, 94, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2022, in Milton, Massachusetts, after suffering a serious stroke.

Norine was born on September 22, 1927, in Reamstown, PA, to Herbert and Ellen (Echternacht) Roth. Attending the Church of the Nazarene, Norine was saved at the age of fourteen, and soon felt called to missions. She graduated valedictorian from her high school and went on to graduate as a registered nurse from New England Deaconess Hospital Nursing School of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1950, and from Eastern Nazarene College of Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1951. In the fall of 1952, she headed for Peru, South America, as a missionary through the Church of the Nazarene.

In Peru, Norine served as a missionary nurse, working first in the capital city of Lima, learning more Spanish and working in the local church, before traveling to the jungles of Moyabamba, to the north in Cajamarca, and eventually to the mountains of Chota, where she opened a clinic.

While in Peru, Norine met her beloved husband, Howard Grantz – also a young missionary from Pennsylvania. They were married on January 1, 1956, in the mountains of Chota. While on the mission field they were also blessed with the births of their three children, Joseph, Connie, and John. Together Norine and Howard served all across Peru for a combined total of over 40 years.

Following their service as missionaries, Norine and Howard moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where Norine served for many years as a nurse at the local hospital, as a private duty nurse, and later on as a hospice nurse. Throughout her life, she led Bible studies, Vacation Bible Schools, Sunday School, and many other ministries, through which she had the joy of seeing many come to Christ. She served as the organist for her church and also blessed many over the years with her ability to play piano, organ, guitar, and accordion, even teaching these instruments to others. In 2003, Norine and Howard moved to a missionary retirement village in Bradenton, Florida, where they would live for nine years. Norine always loved life, and getting to volunteer at the local hospital, cook delicious meals (which she loved to share with others, much to the delight of all who got to taste them!), make beautiful greeting cards, walk, bike, bowl, play music, swim, enjoy the Florida beaches, participate in book clubs, play table games with family and friends, and spend time with her beloved husband. When Howard suffered a stroke, they moved up to Massachusetts to move in with their daughter, Connie, and family. Norine and Howard were happily married for 57 years until Howard passed away in 2013. Norine continued to live in Massachusetts, much to the joy of her daughter Connie and her granddaughters Jessica and Rebekah, who got to share their daily life with her. Norine spread the love of Jesus wherever she went and will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her cherished children: son Joseph P. Grantz and wife Saralinn (Hegins, PA), daughter Connie Grantz Vandervort and husband Karl (Weymouth, MA), and son John H. Grantz (Weymouth, MA); her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild:  Holly Grantz (Mike; Bradley (Avery) and Tyler), Hegins, PA, Heidi Fahler (Kevin; Amy and Dylan), Lebanon PA, Joseph P. Grantz Jr. (Hope and Gavin), Lebanon PA, and Jessica and Rebekah Vandervort, Weymouth, MA; her brothers: Franklin Roth (Port Charlotte, FL) and Robert L. Roth (Stevens, PA); and many nephews and nieces.  Norine was predeceased by her devoted husband Howard, her parents, Herbert and Ellen (Echternacht) Roth, and her siblings, Arthur Roth, Nellie Bixler, Emma Roth, Dorothy Reese, and Blanche Roth.

A memorial service will be held at the South Weymouth Church of the Nazarene, 385 Ralph Talbot Street, Weymouth MA., 02190 on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 1:30 P.M. A graveside service will be held at Memory Gardens, 319 Wabash Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Norine Roth Grantz for the work in Peru, South America to: Global Nazarene Missions–Donor Services, 17001 Prairie Star Pkwy., Lenexa, KS, 66220.  (Please include information that this is in memory of Norine Roth Grantz for work in Peru, South America.)


Condolences for the family of “Norine Roth Grantz”

Condolence from Cindy Wood on April 29th, 2022 11:57 am

Praying for the entire family and friends who knew and loved Norine. What an amazing life she lived. She’s now with her Jesus and beloved husband. Deepest sympathies to all.

Condolence from Norma Brunson on April 29th, 2022 1:09 pm

Norine and family were our family as we worked together in Peru. Her loving ways, her cooking skill, her love for the believers and her heart for the unsaved made her a woman of great beauty. We will always love her memory and the life she beautifully lived.

Condolence from Pastor BW & Barbara Hambrick on April 29th, 2022 1:13 pm

We extend our sympathy & prayers for Norine’s family. She was a remarkable lady and friend of ours.

Condolence from Abbner Siancas Madrid on April 29th, 2022 3:20 pm

Mi más sentido pésame, queridos y recordados amigos!!

Condolence from Ruben y Elizabeth Sanchez on April 29th, 2022 4:30 pm

Nuestro corazón esta muy triste pero también con gozo al saber que nuestra hermana Norine esta disfrutando con nuestro Amado Salvador

Our hearts are sadden by the loss, but we rejoice in knowing our sister Norine is with our Lord and Savior.

Condolence from Jeff & Brenda Stump on April 29th, 2022 10:21 pm

Brenda & I are saddened by the loss but we definitely know she is rejoicing with her Savior! We are praying for you all!

Condolence from Salomon Barboza on April 29th, 2022 11:14 pm

Our condolences to the Grantz family for the departure to better life of our dear sister Norine. His ministry in the service of the Lord in Peru is unforgettable, those years when the Church of the Nazarene in Peru began to flourish.
The missionary Norine en Chota-Peru ministered serving the community as a nurse and winning souls for the Kindom of Heaven. She presented the gospel to a group of teenagers including myself. She was my first Sunday School teacher and my first piano teacher and the inspiration to follow in the ways of the Lord.
Sister Norine, you have gone with the Lord but you leave a deep footprint in my life of what it means to love and serve the Lord from the heart.
Our prayers for comfort and strength to the Grantz family.
Pastores Salomon y Magda Barboza.

Condolence from Carol L Holt on May 1st, 2022 7:38 am

Always classy, elegant and kind in the times I spent with her. She was so loved and will be missed.

Condolence from Stu Metzler on May 3rd, 2022 10:15 am

Howard and Norine lived down the road from us for a few years in Akron when I was growing up. They were godly people and I remember them sharing about their work in Peru and believe I got to practice some Spanish with them when I was first learning in high school.

May God comfort the family and remind them of her godly example!

Condolence from Jennifer Staudt de Guaman on May 3rd, 2022 11:10 am

Praying for your family in this time! However grateful to learn of the ministry and service of Norine and Howard here in Peru. My husband and I are currently serving as Nazarene Missionaries here in Peru, and I am from Robesonia Pa and attend Ephrata Grace Point COTN. I am sad I did not have the opportunity to meet Norine, however we can see her impact on the people of Peru as the church is strong and thriving here. May the Lord be your peace and comfort in this time, our deepest sympathies.

Condolence from Margaret Shalter on May 3rd, 2022 11:19 am

Dearest Connie, John, Joe and families, Your mother was without a doubt the most thoroughly Christian woman I have ever known. Her spontaneous joy was a constant and consistent testimony of what it meant to love and follow and worship Christ with all one’s heart and soul. I was thinking about her just this week – how surprising, and yet perhaps not so, to open my email and find that she has passed into the arms of her Beloved.

I do pray, and expect, that your memories of Norine will sustain you until you are reunited with her at the end of your days here. And if any of you might not be following her as she followed Christ, this is the time for you to change course and do so. I can’t think you will ever have a better example to follow.

With love and the deepest sympathy of myself and my family,
Margaret and Fred Shalter

Condolence from Margaret Shalter on May 3rd, 2022 11:19 am

Dearest Connie, John, Joe and families, Your mother was without a doubt the most thoroughly Christian woman I have ever known. Her spontaneous joy was a constant and consistent testimony of what it meant to love and follow and worship Christ with all one’s heart and soul. I was thinking about her just this week – how surprising, and yet perhaps not so, to open my email and find that she has passed into the arms of her Beloved.

I do pray, and expect, that your memories of Norine will sustain you until you are reunited with her at the end of your days here. And if any of you might not be following her as she followed Christ, this is the time for you to change course and do so. I can’t think you will ever have a better example to follow.

With love and the deepest sympathy of myself and my family,

Condolence from Margaret Shalter on May 3rd, 2022 11:23 am

Dearest Connie, John, Joe and families, Your mother was without a doubt the most thoroughly Christian woman I have ever known. Her spontaneous joy was a constant and consistent testimony of what it meant to love and follow and worship Christ with all one’s heart and soul. I was thinking about her just this week – how surprising, and yet perhaps not so, to open my email and find that she has passed into the arms of her Beloved.

I do pray, and expect, that your memories of Norine will sustain you until you are reunited with her at the end of your days here. I can’t think you will ever have a better example to follow.

With love and the deepest sympathy of myself and my family,

Condolence from Peggy Keys on May 6th, 2022 1:42 pm

I remember Norine and Howard, as well as their three children. I want their children to know how much the sincerity of their parents service to the Church meant to all who met them. Catherine and Edgar Hellinger introduced us on one of their returns to Ephrata. Glenn and I had children who matched your ages. We spent many days in Ephrata together.

I hope that knowing the impact your parents made on others will provide many moments to share with each other! Our memories help to heal our loss. Your Mom was so caring and so gentle. Her ministry was healing to others

Condolence from Chuck and Doris Gailey on May 6th, 2022 4:51 pm

We knew Norine and Howard through Connie and Karl and their beautiful children. Norine and Howard also lived near us in Florida for nine years. Norine was always gentle, kind, and radiant. It was a joy to know her. We extend our condolences to Connie and Karl and the rest of the family—we value your friendship.

Condolence from Chuck Gailey on May 6th, 2022 4:53 pm

We knew Norine and Howard through Connie and Karl and their beautiful children. Norine and Howard also lived near us in Florida for nine years. Norine was always gentle, kind, and radiant. It was a joy to know her. We extend our condolences to Connie and Karl and the rest of the family—we value your friendship.

Condolence from Alfred and Arlene Swain on May 6th, 2022 8:53 pm

Arlene and I served in, Peru with Howard and Noreen. They were excellent missionaries. We send our condolences to Joseph, Connie, and John,and their families. We will keep you in our prayers.

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