Halula, Grace


Grace A. Halula, 85, (formerly of Greensburg), died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Livermore, CA, where she lived. She was the widow of the Rev. Raymond A. Halula, a retired elder of the Western PA Conference who died in 2002.

Born Dec. 27, 1932, in Greensburg, to Harry B. and Margaret M. (Johns) Myers, Grace was raised in Marguerite and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1950. She was a member of Charter Oak United Methodist Church, Greensburg, and a former member of Bradenville United Methodist Church, Bradenville. At both churches, Grace was a member of the choir.

At Bradenville, Grace was also part of the Adult Fellowship Group and was the Children's Choir director. She had previously worked at the former Weltz's Religious Supply and Gifts in Greensburg. She was known for her beautiful singing and became a gifted painter after watching "The Joy of Painting With Bob Ross." She was also talented in cross-stitch, embroidery and crocheting and was an avid bird watcher. She enjoyed gardening and loved flowers. She was an excellent cook and was highly praised for her contributions to church fellowship dinners.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Raymond A. Halula, who served at South Greensburg, Bradenville and New Derry churches before retiring from active ministry in 1995; seven brothers, James, Wilbert, Harry, Edgar, Russell, Melvin and Charles Myers; and her sister, Margaret Cox.

She is survived by three children, Rachele L. Howard and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Howard, of Van Buren Point, N.Y.; Terrence L. Halula and wife Susan Halula, of Livermore, Calif., and Darla M. Thieler and husband George Thieler of Champion; four grandchildren, Dr. Rebecca Howard, Carrie Riddle, Joshua Thieler and wife Becky Thieler, and Elise Halula and fiance Tyler Welch; two great-granddaughters, Kiera and Alyssa Riddle; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Bradenville United Methodist Church, High Street (Route 982), Bradenville, with the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Howard officiating. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township, Greensburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bradenville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 307, Bradenville, PA 15620. .