William "Bill" Graumann
William "Bill" Graumann, 76, passed away peacefully April 21 at home while surrounded by his family. He had a nine-month battle with liver and pancreatic cancer, but the disease overtook his body. Bill was born June 19, 1944, to Arthur and Nina (Laessig) Graumann. He graduated from Colby High School in 1962 and received an associate degree in accounting from North Central Technical Institute in Wausau in 1964.
Bill married Mary Ann (Baumgart) on November 26, 1966, in Colby, Wisconsin.
Bill began his career at the State Highway Commission in Wisconsin Rapids. He was also employed by Johnson Hills Dept. Store in Wisconsin Rapids and Dubuque, IA. In 1969 Bill began his 30+ year career at UW-LaCrosse in the Business Office.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; two children: Julie (Bryan) Hart of Inver Grove Heights, MN, and Brent (Allison) Graumann of Holmen; four grandchildren: Nolan and Chloe Hart and Emma and Owen Graumann; sister-in-law, Marlene (Isaac) Israelson of Holmen; nieces, nephews, and many cousins and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
A special thank you from the family goes out to all of the great staff, nurses, and doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System and Cancer Center, especially Dr. Teske and Dr. Ticku. Thanks also to the Mayo Hospice Program, especially Rebecca, RN. A big thank you to our neighbors who provided much support.
Bill enjoyed golfing with his buddies, ice fishing, attending UWL and Logan High School sporting events. He attended his grandchildren's dance recitals, ball games, and enjoyed being the "go-to fix-it person" for toy repairs and battery replacement. We always learned something new or important from the coffee group which met at McDonalds North several times per week and the breakfast group which met weekly at Tom Sawyer's.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Roncalli Newman Parish, 1732 State Street, La Crosse. Parking is available behind the church in the lot off Main Street. Father Billy Dodge will officiate. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect and mask wearing will be mandatory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Roncalli Newman Parish; UWL Foundation-Athletics, 615 East Ave. North, La Crosse; or a charity of your choice.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com