Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, NY)
August 3, 2002
SENECA FALLS - Reverend David N. Gramkee, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Seneca Falls, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at the Guthrie Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.
Father Gramkee will lie in state at St. Patrick's Church, 97 W. Bayard St., Seneca Falls on Sunday evening, August 4, from 3-7 p.m. with Evening Prayer to follow at 7:30 p.m. Father Gramkee will lie in state at St. Patrick's Church Monday, August 5, from 9-10:30 a.m. with his funeral liturgy to follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church with Bishop Matthew Clark, presiding. Burial will be in St. Columbkille Cemetery, Seneca Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Father Gramkee's memory, be made to the Reverend David N. Gramkee Youth Ministry Fund, c/o Seneca Falls Savings Bank, PO Box 11, Seneca Falls, NY 13148-0111.
Father Gramkee was born in Rochester, NY on May 13, 1940 the son of the late Bruce & Frances Newman Gramkee. He graduated from St. Andrew's & St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, NY. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Rochester in 1966. His first assignment was at Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, where he served until 1971, when he was appointed Assistant Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, NY. In 1974 he was named Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Church, Auburn, NY. One year later he was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Louis Church, Pittsford. From 1979 to 1982 he served as Chaplain at the Elmira Correctional Facility, following which he was named Pastor of St. John & St. Cecilia Churches in Elmira. In 1990 he was given the additional responsibility of serving as Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul, also in Elmira. In 1992, he was appointed Pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Seneca Falls, where he served since that time.
While he has served St. Patrick's Church, Father Gramkee has been involved in many social ministry & community projects & organizations. He had been active in the Seneca County Christmas Project, the Seneca County United Way, the "Neighbors Who Care" home repair project, the annual Crop Walk Against Hunger, walking 6 miles, himself, for this cause, and was on the Board of Birthright of Seneca County. He was currently very involved in the Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, spending some of his time helping in the construction of the new habitat home project currently being built.
He is survived by 1 sister, Mary Kay (Kenneth) Mangan, Rochester, NY; 1 brother, John (Barbara) Gramkee, Rochester, NY; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.
Arrangements by Doran Funeral Home Inc., Seneca Falls, NY.
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