From her birth on January 4, 1940 until her death on December 4, 2017, Grace’s life centered on her family and her music. She was involved in the Troy Civic Theater, the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, the United Methodist Church in Tipp City as a choir member and soloist, Troy Music Club and she worked for many years as a classical music D.J. on WDPR Dayton Public Radio.

Grace also loved to travel, including trips to Hawaii, Japan, and Egypt. She was a member of both the Cincinnati International Touring Chorale which traveled and performed all over Europe including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Russia; and of the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee which performed in France and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Drake Richardson of Troy, her son, Brian Drake (Pauline) of Chardon, Ohio, and her sister Elizabeth Hoffa McClure (Robert) of Tipp City and four grandchildren: Megan Richardson, Andrew, Emma and Jessica Drake.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harvey Edward and Janet Hoffa of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and her brother Thomas Hoffa of Chicago.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, Tipp City. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888 733-6741. Online condolences may be expressed at