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.
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.
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."
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!"
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.
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