Vinewood Community Church
1900 W Vine St
Lodi, CA 95242
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Carla Louise Grauman

1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Carla Louise Grauman Obituary
Carla Louise Grauman, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on May 26, 2018 in Lodi California at the age of 75 after a long and courageous battle with Lymphoma. Carla was born January 29, 1943 to Carl and Amanda Norris in Oakland, California. When Carla was 4 years old her family moved to Elvins, Missouri. Some of Carla's fondest memories are growing up with her Norris cousins and dear friends during her childhood. She loved sharing her childhood stories with her children and grandchildren. Her parents owned Norris Grocery Store during that time and the family's home was connected to the store. She was always so proud to be from Missouri.

The family made another move back to California when Carla was 14 years old and settled in Lodi where she has lived ever since. This time the move would create family memories with her Bender family in which family gatherings and reunions were something she always loved and looked forward to. Carla attended Lodi High where she was a Song Leader and met her future husband, Gerald "Coke" Grauman. Coke played basketball and Carla cheered him on from the sidelines; a true love story! The high school sweethearts married a few years later, on May 18, 1963 and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.

The newly married couple settled in Lodi where she worked at Eastside Winery and Sharpe Army Depot as a secretary. Their family grew as they welcomed two daughters, Jill and Lynn. As her daughters grew older Carla returned to work at Lodi Memorial Hospital as a lab assistant for over 20 years and later as a Para Educator for the Lodi Unified School District before retiring along with her husband.

Carla's faith was very important to her throughout her life. She attended the Lodi Mennonite Brethren Church when she and Coke were dating and it's there that she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was a long-time member of the Mennonite Brethren Church now known as Vinewood Community Church where she, alongside her husband, served on committees, taught Sunday School, served as Youth Leaders and sang in the choir. Carla had a beautiful voice and used this gift often at church singing solos as well as in small ensembles.

Carla had a passion for life and laughter and it showed in her love for her family. She found a tremendous amount of joy in being surrounded by her family and friends and loved to have gatherings at her home. What made her exceptional was her gift of hospitality. She wanted others to know they were loved and welcomed in her home and everything was "just so" when you arrived whether it be a beautifully decorated table or your favorite foods because she wanted you to know you were special to her. She loved being involved in her daughter's lives; wanting to know their friends, attending countless piano recitals and choir concerts, drill team competitions and performances and so much more. That involvement continued with her grandsons where she loved being a part of everything each of them did and celebrate each one of their accomplishments.

In her battle with Lymphoma, Carla fought the good fight. Throughout her entire illness her love for God and her faith became even stronger as she placed her complete trust in Him. Her legacy will live on as she was involved in Clinical Trials at Stanford Medical Center where the data they collected from her will help in someday finding a cure for Lymphoma; something she was proud of up to the very end. When we think of the last few days of Carla's life, we think of the following verse from 2 Corinthians 5:1, "For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
Carla is survived by her loving, devoted husband Gerald, daughter Jill Neville (Randy) of Sammamish, WA; daughter Lynn Mutch (Mike) of Novato, CA; grandchildren Michael Helke, Jr, Alex Mutch (Quinn), Nick Mutch (Hannah) and Eric Helke; sister Julie Shellcross (Wayne); and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Carl and Jackie Norris, her sister Barbara Swingle and mother-in-law Ella Grauman-Wiest.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Vinewood Community Church, 1900 W. Vine Street, Lodi. In lieu of flowers please donate to the following in memory of Carla:
Vinewood Community Church
1900 W Vine Street
Lodi, CA 95242
Please make checks out to Vinewood Community Church and specify in the memo line "Library in honor of Carla Grauman"

Dr. Ranjana Advani,
Stanford Cancer Center
837 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Please make check out to Stanford University and specify in the memo line of the check
"Dr. Advani's Lymphoma Research in honor of Carla Grauman". You will receive a tax deductible receipt and letter from Stanford for your donation.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 5 to June 12, 2018
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