Fay L. Gradowski (1937 - 2015)

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Fay L. Gradowski, 78, of DuBois, Pa., formerly of Suttons Bay, Mich., and Cadillac, Mich., died peacefully on Dec. 17, 2015, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Fay was born on Jan. 29, 1937, in Flint, Mich., the daughter of Vern and Ardith Larson. On Dec. 16, 1968, she married Virgil F. Gradowski, who preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1994. Fay and Virgil moved to Leelanau County, Michigan, to fulfill a desire for open spaces and a hobby farm. There they raised a family, animals and a bountiful garden. After many years in Leelanau, Fay and Virgil took residence in her family's centennial Larson farm in Cadillac, Michigan. Fay devoted many years to improving the property and took great pride in keeping the farm in the family.
Fay worked at the Wexford Public Library for many years and enjoyed both patrons and co-workers.
At age 50, Fay took up distance running. She found great joy in this new pursuit. Later in life, she turned to long bike rides and walks with her beloved Golden Retriever, Jefferson. Fay had many interests and talents that included sewing, weaving baskets, constructing Shaker boxes and refinishing and reupholstering furniture. She was particularly fond of her carefully curated collection of primitive antiques and loved to read and follow politics.
Fay relocated to DuBois in 2013 and flourished in her newly adopted home. She patronized local downtown businesses and loved exploring the surrounding area while searching for antique shops. She took great delight in her grandchildren and had frequent adventures with Ethan and Addison. Fay is survived by daughters, Lee Anne (Ron) Lawler of Beulah, Mich.; Jennifer (Chad) Bufka of Northport, Mich.; son, Dr. Joel (Cynthia) Gradowski of DuBois; and grandchildren Jonathan Lewandowski of Tamarac, Fla.; and Ethan and Addison Gradowski of DuBois.
A private graveside service will be held at the Larson Family Cemetery in Cadillac, Michigan. Memorials may be directed to the DuBois Nursing Home, 212 South Eighth Street, DuBois, PA 15801 or to the UPMC Cancer Center Melanoma Program, Attn: Megan Boehm, UPMC Forbes Tower Suite 8084, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Published in The Courier Express on Dec. 20, 2015