Grace Brewster

Grace Brewster, 96, of Curtis Way, Bloomingdale, died on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Grace was born the daughter of George and Mary (Harris) Atkinson on Jan. 13, 1917 in Ellenburg.

Grace worked with great pride for Revlon in New Jersey for more than 35 years.

She remarried Elmer Brewster in 1972; he predeceased her on Sept. 8, 2007. Elmer and Grace retired to Bloomingdale from Rochester in 1972. They were both active with the Essex County Office of the Aging Senior Citizen Groups in Bloomingdale, Saranac Lake, and Vermontville. She was an avid card player. Grace is a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department. She was an animal lover who supported the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in its early days.

She is survived by her sister Eleanor McKillip; her son-in-law Mike Schrage; her stepdaughter Carol (Steve) Brewster Clark; and her grandchildren: Allan J. Schrage, Mark Schrage, Ellen Schrage Thomas, Brett Clark, Brandy Clark Camp, and Todd Clark. She is also survived by several great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father George Atkinson (March 1917); her mother Mary L. Harris; her brother William Atkinson; her first husband, David Grassgreen on June 18, 1963; and their daughter, Gloria Schrage on May 14, 2003. She was also predeceased by her stepdaughter Wanda Brewster in 1972.

Calling hours are set to take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 6 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service is set to immediately follow at noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Richards of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery in Bloomingdale.

Donations may be made to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Service, Tri-Lakes Humane Society, or Bloomingdale Fire Department in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can share a memory, photograph and sign the online guestbook at