April 21, 1926 -- Dec. 14, 2017
Grace E. Pentasuglio was known as Gracie Bluebird to friends and family, an affectionate nickname for the woman responsible for the popular confections that came out of her Blue Bird Bakery, as well as her reputation for a sweet demeanor.
The former Grace Marinaccio, died Dec. 14 in Autumn View Health Care Facility. She was 91.
She was born in Buffalo, graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School and eventually settled in West Seneca.
After high school, Mrs. Penasuglio worked as a laborer, cleaning gas tanks for the war effort during World War II. She and her late husband, Daniel, who died in 2012, opened the bakery on West Avenue, around the corner form Rich Products. It specialized in Italian Christmas cookies, St. Joseph’s and Easter breads, whipped cream layer cakes and, most famously, custom-made wedding cakes. She retired in 1986.
Mrs. Pentasuglio was also a past president of the School 18 & 77 Parent Teachers Association in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a contributor to the Butler Mitchell Boys & Girls Club. She was a member of the Hertel/North Park Lions Club and West Seneca Lions Club, The WNY Blind Association, for which she often held picnics at her home, Queen of Heaven Sodality Woman’s Group, and a Queen of Heaven Lawn Fete volunteer .
She and her husband were also Buffalo sports fans, who held season tickets for the Buffalo Bisons and Bills for several years, and attended Super Bowl XXVII in Minnesota.
Survivors include a son, Joseph; two daughters, Mary Lou Pentasuglio and Susan Montesano; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Dec. 18 in Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.