Joann E. Grimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 February 2019 at 7:26 pm

Joann GrimesJoann E. Grimes, 77, of Medina, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, passed away on Thursday evening, Jan. 31, 2019, after a difficult battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 21, 1941, a daughter of the late Henry John Nieman and Mildred Elizabeth (Herendeen) Nieman.

Joann lived a long and happy life with her husband of 56 years, Gordon Wesley Grimes, with whom she had four amazing children. Joann had a very large heart and cared for many. Not only did she raise her four children, but also nine foster children who she cared for and loved as if they were her own. Joann was also a longtime active member of Yates Baptist Church, Lyndonville. Joann was loved by all near and far and will be missed dearly. Her memory lives on with all of us. Although she may not be with us physically, she will always be with us in spirit.

Joann is survived by her husband, Gordon W. Grimes; their children, Gordon Jr. (Bonnie Ferris), Gary (Carlos Ramirez), Jeffery (Lauri) and Kenneth (Donna); seven grandchildren, Amanda, Emily, Brandon, Alexandrea, Victoria, Collin and Ryan; her sister, Linda Donohue (Bill Gilbert); and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Mon., Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103. The family will also receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tue., Feb. 5 at Yates Baptist Church, 11365 E. Yates Center Road, Lyndonville NY 14098, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in West Ridgeway Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial donations in Joann’s memory be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport NY 14094; or to Yates Baptist Church. Please share memories and condolences at