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             Tuesday, March 4 2003  

Where are they now? Stacy (Cruley) Grove

Blacklick Township native Stacy Cruley Grove was born June 2, 1970, one of four children born to Donald "Tyke" and Nancy (Powell) Cruley. Stacy's only brother, David, lives in Oak Hill, Virginia. Her sisters, Lorie Clark and Christie Greene, live in McDonald, Pa., and Nanty Glo, respectively.

Stacy Cruley Grove
high school and recent photos

Married to Vinco native Dennis Grove since August 27, 1994, she and Dennis are the parents of one child, five-year-old Jordan.

Stacy is a 1988 graduate of Blacklick Valley High School, where she earned a membership in the National Honor Society. With graduation just around the corner, Stacy found herself unfocused regarding a career choice for the future.

"I was an academic student earning A's in all my classes... but I was advised to be a secretary." she says. "But a lot of my friends were going into nursing, so I decided to give it a try." What followed was a very difficult three-year couse of study in Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. "We took our college classes at UPJ but our nursing classes and clinicals were completed at Conemaugh Hospital," she says.

"It was difficult and there were times when I felt like quitting...but I didn't." Her hard work and determination to succeed paid off. However, she was awarded the pediatric award for excellent achievement in the care of infants and children. The award was a monetary prize along with a certificate.

Stacy now works as a Registerd Nurse in the Progressive Care Unit at Conemaugh Hospital. "We care for patients who have heart problems, which includes; open heart surgery, angioplasty, heart attacks, congestive heart failure...any type of heart problems," she says. "In the hierarchy of care, the progressive care unit is between intensive care and telemetry."

When asked to describe the pros and cons of nursing, she says; "My favorite part of nursing is teaching the patients and their families about their illnesses and how to stay healthy. Death and dying is the hardest part to deal with...you think you should be able to make everyone better, but you can't. It's a hard job, but I like it."

It seems Stacy is destined have a life-long association with Conemaugh Hospital. In a light-hearted remark, she says; "I was born there...I went to school there...I work there...and I'll probably die there!"

"Growing up in Cardiff was great," she says. "We would spend summers sleeping on each other's porches and running all over the neighborhood from house to house...and we didn't need to worry; we were safe." Her affection for the outdoors extended to the family camper near the Juniata River. "We would spend a lot of time fishing and playing in the water," she says.

One particular lasting memory is of her 7-8 years as a Girl Scout, "I once spent a week in Wyoming with other Scouts," she recalls. "We learned to ride horses...it was a good experience!

"My hope is for the area to stay safe and calm. It's not a worry for kids here...they can go to school and be safe. No big city for me!" The Grove family, along with "Beezer," the family dog, make their home in Jackson Township. Anyone wishing to send greetings, can find them at Beezergrove@aol.com.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose.

Click here for an index of all Where Are They Now profiles in this series.

What's in a name?

Unable to attend the funeral after his Uncle Charlie died, a man who lived far away called his brother and told him, "Do something nice for Uncle Charlie and send me the bill."

Later, he got a bill for $200, which he paid. The next month, he got another bill for $200, which he also paid, figuring it was some incidental expense. But, when the bills for $200.00 kept arriving every month, he finally called his brother again to find out what was going on. "Well," said the brother, "You said to do something nice for Uncle Charlie, so I rented him a tuxedo."

—Sent bt Artesana

Thought for the day

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No. It is not for me to take away,
but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.

—Sent by Jules Nagy
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