Grace A. Penzvalto (nee Breslin) age 66, was surrounded by family when she went home peacefully to be with Jesus, on July 28th, 2022, following a month-long battle with a recurrence of melanoma. 

Born in Queens, NY, on September 4th, 1955, Grace was the 11th of 12 children born to Alice and Edward Breslin.  Grace was a devout Catholic, talented opera singer, dedicated La Leche League Leader, fantastic chef, trivia genius, and Airbnb Superhost, but her true passion was her family.  She was cherished by her adoring husband of 42 years, Pal, and their profound love was an inspiration. She was a devoted mother who homeschooled her eight children: Paulette (Gavin) Penzvalto, Claire (Brandon) Moore, Joe (Carolina) Penzvalto, Maryann Penzvalto (Isaac Blaylock), Irene (Naveed) Kiyani, Betty (Derek) Hartman, Louisa Penzvalto, Julie Penzvalto, and bonus daughter Margaret Hubach.  She delighted in fostering the talents of each of her children, and was the world’s greatest cheerleader.  She was the beloved grandmother of Sebastian, Felix, and Jude Moore, Violet and Ruby Hartman, and Layla Kiyani.  She made a conscious effort to create a home for all, not just those related by blood, and the impact her generosity had on those around her cannot be measured. Her family will miss her greatly, but are comforted knowing her faith, love, and humor will live on in all who knew and loved her.

The family welcomes all to Visiting Hours on Sunday, July 31st from 3:00-6:00 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, OH 44129 (betw. Snow & Ridge Rds.) PLEASE MEET THE FAMILY AT CHURCH FOR THE FUNERAL MASS, 11:00 AM on Monday, Aug. 1st at St. Stephen Church, 1930 W 54th St, Cleveland, OH 44102.

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  1. Debbie Newhouse on July 28th, 2022 6:20 pm

    My thoughts are with you. Sending love to Paulette, Gavin, and the whole Penzvalto extended family.

  2. Julia Pechlof on July 28th, 2022 6:43 pm

    Dear Pénzváltó family,

    Although we never had the chance to meet your mum, but her face is so familiar because we have a photo of her in our photo book. She seemed to be a lovely lady who loved her children.

    We are truly sorry to hear about the loss of your mum, we will pray for you!

    Luca & Julcsi Pechlof and the Jencsik family ❤️❤️

  3. Lulu Huber on July 28th, 2022 7:05 pm

    My deepest condolences. I am so very sorry for this deep loss, and I hope that you find comfort in your faith and in each other.

    Peace and Blessings.

  4. Patty Orben on July 28th, 2022 7:39 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of your great loss. I only know Maryann but it’s clear to me that she was raised with love and care. May your family find solace in your memories.

  5. Kate Kelly on July 28th, 2022 7:41 pm

    I am without words for the loss experienced by Pal, Claire and the rest of the beautiful Penzvalto family. May her soul Rest In Peace. Remembrance in prayer to her husband and family.

  6. Dave and Lois Knechtges on July 28th, 2022 10:12 pm

    With our family’s prayers and condolences in the loss of your wife and mother.

  7. Maria Matheson on July 28th, 2022 10:56 pm

    Grace was a beautiful woman, mother, wife and friend.
    She definitely had the gift of hospitality which made our times together ones I cherish. Her smile and the love she shared with Pal will always be remembered. I am so sad to see her go- but happy that she is now with the choirs of angels.
    My deepest condolences.

  8. Emily Buckley on July 28th, 2022 11:30 pm

    Wow. It’s hard for me to imagine that Mrs.Penzvalto has died. I remember going camping with the LLL crew at Atwood Lake. And having sleepovers with Paulette and Claire. Your mom was so welcoming. I’m so glad that I got to talk with her twice at Paulette’s wedding. She smiled so much that day! Hugs to all of you.

  9. Michele Bender on July 29th, 2022 7:11 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. My condolence and prayers are with your family .

  10. Kathy Rak on July 30th, 2022 9:53 am

    What a lovely tribute. Maryann and family, sending prayers your way.

  11. Steven V. Haynie on July 30th, 2022 3:51 pm

    Maryann and family you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you.

  12. Freida Miller on July 30th, 2022 6:23 pm

    Dear Penzvalto family,
    I sympathize with you in your great loss. What a precious tribute! May the peace of Jesus our Savior uphold and surround you in the days and weeks ahead.
    Love, Freida (privileged to receive at least one of her precious babies at birth )

  13. Stella and Brandin Munson on July 31st, 2022 1:15 pm

    No amount of words can express the pain that your family is going through. We are sending you love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this dark time.” We pray that her soul will move peacefully into heaven and that the pain of all her loved ones will heal. Such a beautiful mother and wife to her family. I pray you all find comfort in all the loving memories she has shared with you.

  14. VeAnn Lee on August 1st, 2022 12:52 pm

    Sending as much love as she has shown us through her beautiful family.

  15. Mrs. Kim Francesangelo on August 2nd, 2022 9:08 am

    We all love your family. Your beautiful mother was a very special mother who was very talented and very kind and everyone will sorely miss her. May, your dear mother’s soul Rest In Peace.
    Please know the Penzvolto family will be in our prayers.
    The Francesangelo Famiky

  16. Rebecca (Bresnahan) Doss on August 4th, 2022 9:08 pm

    Grace’s beautiful example of motherhood was an inspiration to me as a young, twenty something year old mother who had just joined La Leche League in the mid nineties. I am so grateful for her knowledge, wisdom, example, hearty laugh and shining eyes. Safe home, dear Grace. My deepest condolences to her husband Pal and her many, beautiful children.

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