Mary Grandia

Mary Frances Grandia of Loveland, Colorado passed away on April 23, 2014 and "graduated from life." She was born on August 23, 1923 in Mahaska County, Iowa to Margaret and Preston McCracken. After graduation from Cedar High School she worked at Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa, Iowa. During that time she met, and subsequently married, Lester Grandia, and joined him in his long military career. That career included postings in Germany, Japan, Washington, Wyoming, Virginia, California, and Iowa. Many years later she returned to school to proudly complete her nurses training as an LPN. After Lester's retirement in 1970, they settled in Loveland, Colorado as they both enjoyed the mountains. Traveling was a big part of their military life, and continued to be so for the rest of their lives. Mary Frances' other interests included volunteering at McKee Hospital and the Realto Theater, and active participation in the local Essential Tremor Support Group, the Cancer Support Group, the Larimer County Genealogy Group, and the First Christian Church of Loveland. She is survived by her four sons: Kenneth L. Grandia and wife Kathy of Calgary, Canada, Larry D. Grandia and wife Glenna of St. George, Utah, Donald K. Grandia and wife Deborah of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Robert A. Grandia and wife Sarajane of Loveland, Colorado; her brother Lowell McCracken and his wife Lois of Fremont, Iowa, two sisters-in-law Freda McCracken of Oskaloosa, Iowa and Beverly McCracken of Eddyville, Iowa; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews; and long-time friend and travel companion Millie Miller of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Mary Frances was preceded in death by her best friend and loving husband Lester; her parents; two brothers, Willard and Worth McCracken; niece Marlene McCracken, and nephew Wayne McCracken. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:00 A.M. at First Christian Church with a reception immediately following services. Following the reception burial will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, at 2:15pm, staging area "C". Viewing will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5-7pm at Viegut Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to First Christian Church of Loveland, the International Essential Tremor Foundation or Pathways Hospice in care of Viegut Funeral Home. Go to for condolences.

Funeral Home

Viegut Funeral Home
1616 N. Lincoln Avenue Loveland, CO 80538

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Apr. 28, 2014