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Gries, Lucille M.

Lucille M. Gries, age 93, a former town of Newton resident, died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center, Manitowoc.

She was born on June 26, 1919 in Charlestown, daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Daniels) Woelfel. Lucille was a graduate of New Holstein High School. On June 18, 1942 she married Melvin J. Gries at St. Martin Catholic Church, Charlestown. He preceded her in death on October 21, 2005. Lucille and Melvin were the owners of Gries Century Farm Homestead, retiring in 1982. Lucille was a member of the Christian Mothers Society of St. Isadore Catholic Church, the Osman Grandmas Club, Cleveland Senior Center and the Newton area Homemakers group. Lucille and Melvin enjoyed many years with the Melody Dancers. She also volunteered many hours crocheting baby caps for the newborn nursery at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center.

Survivors include her children: Elaine (Eric) Wagner, Sheboygan, Judy Gries, Kiel, Alice (Michael) Liebelt, Sheboygan Falls, Dorothy Grossheim, Two Rivers, Gerald (Carolyn O'Leary) Gries, Manitowoc, Anne (Patrick) Sharpe, Cedarburg; ; a sister and brother-in-law: Odelia (Henry) Schneider, Hilbert; two sisters-in-law: Margaret Gries, Kiel, JoAnn Gries, Oshkosh; grandchildren: Gregg (Kelly) Wagner, Jill (John) Moore, Sarah (Adam) Wallander, Ericka (Aaron) Te Grotenhuis, Karl Liebelt, Robert (Sara) Grossheim, Teri (Ryan Weddle) Grossheim, Thomas (Kayla) Gries, Delanie Sharpe, McKenna Sharpe; step granddaughter: Clair (Howie) Drews; great grandchildren: Allison & Derek Wagner, Cole & Kate Moore, Hilde & Adeline Wallander, Samuel, Lucy & Molly Te Grotenhuis, Brooke, Bryce, Bennett, Beth & Belle Grossheim, Rayden Hunt and Sonya Gries; and a step great grandson: Joey Drews. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by a son: Eugene Gries; six sisters and brothers-in-law: Cecelia (Otto) Daun, Valeria (Ray) Klapperich, Florence Woelfel, Gudelia (Charles) Kraus, Ermina (Anton) Brunner, Peggy (Robert) Weber; four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Raymond (Agnes) Gries, Elmer Gries, Joseph (Mary Ann) Gries, John Gries; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Hildegarde (George) Knier, Lauretta (Ed) Schwinn, Marcella (Frank) Mueller, Helen (Joe) Riesterer, Margaret (Ed) Binder, Marie Gries and LaVerne Gries.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, 8100 Brunner Road, Newton. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Dave Pleier with burial at St. Isadore Catholic Cemetery, Osman.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012. A prayer service will conclude the visitation at 8:00 p.m. Friends may also call Saturday morning at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Newton First Responders.

The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Laurel Grove, Shady Lane and Holy Family Memorial Hospice for their care and compassion shown towards Lucille and her family.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Nov. 27, 2012
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