Mary Margaret Grueser

October 25, 1938 - April 18, 2022

Mary Margaret Grueser, 83, a resident of Pine Island, FL for the past 23 years, formerly of Columbus, OH, passed away Monday, April 18, 2022, in Cape Coral. She was born October 25, 1938, in Coalton, OH to Homer and Loretta Wood, now deceased.

Mary was an active member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal church serving as Eucharist minister and sacristan. With the support of the church ladies, she oversaw Christmas dinners bereavement luncheons and operated the kitchen when the church served as a shelter during hurricane Charlie. She also served the Pine Island Food Pantry in several capacities for a number of years. Mary’s two passions were cooking and serving others.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, David Grueser of Cape Coral; loving children, Jo Ann Groseclose (Jack) of Westerville, OH, and David “D.R.” Grueser of Bladensburg, OH; sister, Kathleen Hughes of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Christopher Grueser (Joy), Erin Nunez (Jason), Lindsey Moore, David Moore (Laura), and Ashley Grueser; as well as nine great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 12175 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922 with Father Yatcek Mazur officiating.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Mary Margaret Grueser are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Salvation Army, 5631 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Sandra Nye Apr 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    What a kind, caring wonderful person Mary was. We had many fun years working together. Loved her very much.

  2. Wendy kotar & Jim Booth Apr 20, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mary. You have our deep and sincere sympathy Dave you are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻

  3. Jackie Reed Apr 20, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Joe so sorry for you n your families loss. Mary was a wonderful loving woman. Her family was her life. She will be missed but we all many blessed memories
    love n Prayers
    Jackie Reed

  4. George Lehner Apr 20, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Oh, Dave and family. What a wonderful, wonderful life you two celebrated together. I remember Mary and someone who was so loving and helpful to so many. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers head your way…..may God add his richest blessings to you and your family during this time.

  5. Mary Lou Canniff Apr 20, 2022 at 3:59 pm


    I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. May she rest in everlasting peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult.

  6. Diana Miller (Luckner) Apr 20, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Prayers and sympathy to the family. May God give you the comfort and peace . Love

  7. Lea Castle Apr 21, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Mary and Dave always took care of others. They had us over for dinner after my dad past away. They made sure my mom was safe on Pine island when there was a hurricane. They made sure my mom made it back to OHIO for a visit when they came back. Mary will definitely be missed.

  8. Marilyn Parker Apr 22, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Lots of good memories we shared, friend, neighbor, working buddy. Many fun times playing cards. I still have many of Mary’s recipes. Mary will be missed but now she’s serving the Lord. Prayers and thoughts for you Dave and family.

  9. Bill Smith Apr 25, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Dave introduced me to her during a station promotion event while we both worked at WTVN back in the early 70s. I remember telling Dave he “married up”, to which he replied “I’m the luckiest man I know!” If you see this, Dave, know that you’re in my prayers.

  10. Matthew L Cozzoli Apr 26, 2022 at 6:12 am


    My deepest condolences on the passing of Mary. The both of you were such staples at the family reunions. I am glad my father and I had a chance to visit with the both of you not too long ago. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers over your terrible loss.

    Matt Cozzoli

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