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Gael M. Gruenwald

February 27, 1955 – May 28, 2023

Gael M. Gruenwald

Gael Marie Gruenwald (née Grogan), 68, of Hebron, KY passed away May 28, 2023, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  

Gael was born February 27, 1955, in Cincinnati, OH to the late Harry and Evelyn Grogan (nee Hudson). She was a 1973 graduate of Colerain High School, a 2000 graduate of Cincinnati State and a dedicated employee of Olympic Auto Park. 

Gael will be missed greatly by her husband of 48 years, Peter Gruenwald; daughters Amy Merz and Jenni Gruenwald; grandchildren Maisie, Max and Mattie Merz and Goose and Maverick Gruenwald.  She leaves behind a large family including Chris Reynolds, Mark (Pam) Gruenwald, Greg (Nancy) Gruenwald, Tim (Lori) Gruenwald, Rae (Chris) Nogueira, Kathy Grogan and Pat (Tracy) Grogan along with countless beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and lifelong friends she considered family. Along with her parents, Gael was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Mackenzie Merz and her most adored canine companion, Rudy.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 2, 2023, from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (2155 Compton Road, Cincinnati OH 45231- follow the blue line to the left when you enter the cemetery gates). Mass of Christian burial will be held for Gael on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church (9375 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231). Following mass, she will be laid to rest in the Garden of Nativity at Arlington Memorial Gardens (2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231). Gael has requested everyone wear casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to pancreatic cancer research or St. Elizabeth Hospice.  

Let us hold dear the memories of Gael as we celebrate her life and the impact, she made on all who had the privilege of knowing her. 



Friday, June 2, 2023 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church


Saturday, June 3, 2023, 12:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

“Pete, Jennifer and Amy…..I will definitely miss her. Gael was a wonderful and God fearing person. The love of family, friends and her grandchildren was unmeasurable. I know she is at peace now and watching over us.”

“Gael and I were very good friends in high school she would spend the night at my Mom and Dad’s house and I would stay at her parent’s house too. we had a good time together, she was such a good friend! I love ya Gael and I am going to miss talking to you on facebook!”

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“Our fondest memories of Gael are the crazy good times in our neighborhood in Hebron. From the cul-de-sac parties to just talking on the street. The kids and adults all loved GiGi. We are so sorry to hear about her passing. We are praying for the Gruenwald and Merz families and hoping you find peace and understanding during this challenging time. Mary, Dani, Jimmy, and Bear Woods”

“I was lucky to have known Gael in recent years through the Reynold’s family. Her positive vibes were contagious, even when she fought this unfair battle. I will miss seeing her at Scott’s art fairs… she was so supportive! I wish her family peace, especially Pete.”

“My heart is filled with sadness at the loss of MT long time (Longaberger) friend. The fun with Gail on our bus trips with be a forever cherished memory. May God wrap his arms around all her loved ones during this difficult time.”

“I had the absolute honor to be her friend. What a beautiful world she made for us with her light and joy.”

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“We will never forget how special our little street was that Gael was a part of for so many years in Hebron. We had such good times together. Gael, we will always remember you and appreciate how much you loved our kids like they were your own grand babies. To the Merz and Gruenwald families, we pray that time will heal your loss. We love you all so much! Now she rests and is free from pain!”

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“We are both deeply sorry for your loss. I have so many GREAT memories with her and she will be deeply missed. Love you all!”

“So sorry for your loss. We wish you healing and peace during this time. She will always be remembered . She loved the cardinals and we thought of this saying…. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow.” – Robert Louis Stevenson With love from all the Nightingale Family”

“So sorry for your loss. Her beautiful smile shows how blessed she was to have so many family and friends surrounding her. Prayers for the family. Kathy”

“Dear Pete, Amy and Jenni, And all of the extended Gruenwald family…please accept our sincere condolences at this painful time. Gael battled this evil disease with her all and now is at rest with the Lord. Please know that our prayers will continue for your family. John & Cindy Pumpple”

“Revel He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 Gael, my friend, will be forever loved and missed.”

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“Dearest Gael, The tears we shed today in losing you will eventually be replaced with joy as we realize that you have successfully broken the bondage of human suffering and joined Our Lord and Savior in his Kingdom where you will experience eternal Life”

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