May 16, 2022

Janice M. (Staba) Grochmal


Janice M. (Staba) Grochmal of Rehoboth, passed away at Boston University Medical Center on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 74 years of age. Janice was born in Middletown, CT and was the oldest daughter of the late Mary (Loss) and Joseph F. Staba. Janice was a graduate of Middletown High School and Russell Sage College, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree.

After graduation, Janice moved to Providence, RI and worked at Rhode Island Hospital as a physical therapist. While living in Providence, Janice met and fell in love with her husband of 49 years Ronald E. Grochmal. Following their marriage, they moved to Attleboro, MA where they raised their four children before relocating to Rehoboth, MA.

Janice was extremely devoted to her family and was the loving mother of Holly Grochmal and her husband Resh Wallaja of Moraga, CA; Kerry Grochmal and her husband David Garriepy of Burke, VA; Mark Grochmal and his wife Erin of Alameda, CA; and Kyle Grochmal of San Francisco, CA. In the later years of her life, Janice was blessed with the joys of her three grandchildren, Audrey Grochmal, Calvin Garriepy and Hudson Grochmal. Janice is also survived by her brother Dennis Staba as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Maureen Hanson.

Janice loved helping people, including over her nearly 40-year career as a physical therapist. Janice retired in 2014 from Sturdy Memorial Hospital where she was fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues who became life-long friends.

Janice's faith was very important to her. She was an active parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church for almost 50 years. She enjoyed being an eucharistic minister for several years and was a very active volunteer at the parish as well as at Bishop Feehan High School and other organizations. She was also a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club.

After retirement, Janice enjoyed meeting up with long-time friends and meeting new people. She loved the beach and enjoyed summers in Rhode Island and swimming at Hillside Country Club.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck Street, Attleboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 N. Main St., Attleboro. Burial will follow at Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI. The family kindly requests all those that attend to please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janice's name, may be made to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, 220 Montgomery St., Suite 484, San Francisco, CA 94104 ( or St. John's the Evangelist Church, 1 St. John's Place, Attleboro, MA 02703.

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