Catherine Lucille (Kuharic) Gramza

Born: Sat., Oct. 9, 1920
Died: Mon., Dec. 22, 2014


9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Dec. 27, 2014
Location: N. William St. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 27, 2014
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church

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Former South Bend resident Catherine Lucille Gramza, 94, of Huntsville, AL died Monday, December 22nd in her residence. Mrs. Gramza was born October 9, 1920 in South Bend to the late Veronica (Stopper) and Stephen Kuharic and was a lifetime area resident until moving to Huntsville in 2011. On February 18, 1939 in Mishawaka as Catherine L. Kuharic she married Anthony J. Gramza who preceded her in death October 8, 1979. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Lochmondy and two sisters, Rose Hallaert and Frances Meyerhoffer. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Wheeler (Mark) of Huntsville, Judith Butler (James) of Livonia, MI, and Rita Becker (Michael) of Ohio; three sons, Edward Gramza (Marlene) of Frankfort, IL, Daniel Gramza (Maryanne) of Evanston, IL, and Timothy Gramza of Huntsville; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ivan Kuharic of Kansas City, MO.

Catherine was a loving, devoted wife and mother, and woman of great Faith. Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds, and her positive attitude toward whatever life presented was an inspiration. Her wonderful sense of humor brought joy to others. Catherine was a long time parishioner of Holy Cross Parish, and an active member of the Rosary Altar Society. In her quiet time, she enjoyed embroidery and her books of word puzzles.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27th in Holy Cross Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Epping C.S.C. officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 27th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., South Bend, IN 46601

Memorial contributions in Catherine’s name may be made to Holy Cross Church 920 Wilber St. South Bend, IN 46628 (574) 233-2179

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Charitable donations may be made in Catherine's memory to the following organization:

Holy Cross Catholic Church
1050 N. Wilber St., South Bend, IN 46628

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Chris and Don Bergen
   Posted Fri December 26, 2014
Kay Gramza's life could be summed up in two words, unconditional love. We were neighbors of Kay's for 10 years. When I think back this being the holidays, I remember Kay baking loaves of bread for Christmas and that wonderful smell filling the house. When Kay would drop a loaf off at our home we would call her the next day and let her know the bread never saw the sun go down- it was gobbled up!!! Kay was part of our family in our daily life and she included our son in hers. When watching over her grandsons, my son spent a lot of time included as part of their life at Gram's house. Instead of my son being a "Latch Key Kid" my son went to Kay's after school while I was working. My son is 36 years old today and still speaks of Kay as if its yesterday sitting at the kitchen table eating her peanut butter and marshmallow crème sandwiches, spending the night and all the things Gram would do for them. If you looked up the word Grandma in the dictionary Kay Gramza's picture would appear. She was tireless, I was amazed at the energy she had driving people to appointments, babysitting, always giving. As neighbors we shared cups of coffee together and lots of laughs, which I am grateful to her for. I am not sure she ever realized the memories she created by just living out perfections and imperfections as a member of a neighborhood and within that neighborhood the lives she deeply touched with her simple acts of kindness and a strong example to others. Kay was inwardly and quietly all about doing the "right thing", it takes a strong person to hold that conviction and act upon it. It is a sad time for us left here on earth by Gram's departure but, I do feel that when Kay went to heaven it should be during one of the greatest celebrations ever! Christmas is so fitting for Kay's soul to be on its way to what we can only imagine through the deep faith in God she carried throughout her life a heaven as real to her as a lady remembered by us as "Gram" or the lady of "unconditional love".

   Posted Fri December 26, 2014
Eternal rest grant onto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Karen Segety-Cole
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
I have good memories of being at your house back in the early 60's and how nice your mom was to me..she was an example of how to treat others. You are wrapped in my prayers and may God comfort you.

Bob Glassmeyer
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
Dear Tracy, Rita and Michael,

Melissa and I are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Gramza's death. We will be keeping you in our prayers. May Mrs. Gramza's memory be eternal.