Mary Elizabeth (Wolter) Gransee, age 87, went to see her Lord on March 1, 2011 in Delavan, Wisconsin. Mary was born July 31, 1923 in Johnston City, Illinois, the daughter of Robert and Della Wolter and sister to Helen. Her parents preceded her in death in 1935 and 1941. After being raised in Johnston City, Illinois, Mary moved to Chicago at the age of 18, then to Darien, Wisconsin in 1943 where she met the love of her life. She married Laurel W. Gransee on February 25, 1946 in Delavan. They shared 65 happy years of life together. Mary worked in Delavan at DeKalb's Dress Shop, the Nut Shop, and Lake Lawn Lodge. She was a homemaker for many years and later returned to Lake Lawn Lodge working as a cashier in the dining from from 1973 to 1981. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook, enjoyed needlework and playing Euchre. As a volunteer for many years at St. Andrew's School and Church, she enjoyed visiting and serving Communion to nursing home residents and reading with the school children. Mary and Laurel had many close friends that loved to spend weekends together at Friday night fish fry's and snowmobiling. She treasured her family and always looked forward to holidays when everyone was together. This loving and joyful woman was very outgoing, knew no strangers and had a beautiful smile that left a warm and lasting impression on everyone she met.
She is survived by her children: Dianne (Michael) Hutson of Danville, IL, David (Loretta) Gransee of Montello, WI, and Debra (Thomas) McGinniss of Roscoe, IL; grandchildren: Paul (Barbie) Gransee, Emilie Stonewall, Brian Gransee, Jon Stonewall, Catherine (Matthew) Tuttle, Sarah McGinniss, Thomas McGinniss, and Mazie Brown; great-grandchildren: Easton Stonewall, Brooklyn Stonewall, Braylyn Stonewall, Gwen Gransee and Beau Gransee.
A funeral Mass will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, with Fr. Jim Schuerman officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until time of service at the church. Burial will be at St. Andrew's Cemetery in Delavan. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Catholic School, Delavan. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. Visit us online at www.monroefh.com.