Nicia Norris Gruener, 75, died suddenly in Boothbay Harbor this previous week. She was born in Georgia to James Lawrence Norris and Gertrude Gladys (Weaver) Norris.
Nicia grew up in Lancaster, PA., Painesville, OH., and Waite Hill, OH. Nicia graduated high school from The Laurel School Cleveland, Ohio. Nicia, with her sister Kendra, and their cousin Susie, created a group known as “The Eager Beaver Club” of which they told many fun stories.
Nicia attended Beaver College in Philadelphia, PA. and transferred to Lake Erie College where she earned a BA. She moved to Pittsburgh, PA to work as a Special Education Teacher. Nicia graduated with a Masters Degree in a pioneering Special Education Program at the University of Pittsburgh. As part of Nicia’s Master’s program she was part of a group of students that observed Fred Rogers in his original Pittsburgh lab.
Nicia met William “Bill” Gruener in 1968 and they got married on June 28, 1969. They lived in Pittsburgh then moved to St. Louis where Nicia and Bill welcomed their first child, Jamie. Later the family moved to Andover, MA. While in Andover, she was a member of the Andover Garden Club and a part-time staff member at Phillips Academy. After 31 years, Nicia and Bill retired to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Nicia was driven by knowledge, history, tradition, and research. She was first-and-foremost a dedicated mother, teacher, great jelly maker, amateur archaeologist, and knitter extraordinaire. She leaves a legacy of magnificent sweaters. As a couple project, both Nicia and Bill enjoyed helping the Georgetown Historical Society update all of their records electronically. One of her favorite pastimes was as a “digger” at the Fort St. George archaeological site near Fort Popham, Phippsburg, ME.
Nicia was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her husband of 51 years, William “Bill” Gruener of Boothbay Harbor, ME; two sons, Jamie and his wife Brandee and children Natalie and Lincoln; John and his wife Sophie and their son Micah; Sister, Kendra Supple of southern CA; Cousins, Paul Weaver of ME and Susie Banta of northern CA.
Contributions in Nicia’s memory may be made to the Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, P.O.Box 280, Boothbay, ME 04537