Lydia Gramm -- 1981
Mrs. Lydia Gramm, daughter of Fredrich and Maria (Balzar) Stutz was
born Oct. 23, 1893, at Bethune, Colo. She departed this life in St. Joseph
Hospital, Denver, Oct. 27, 1981, at the age of 88 years, and four days.
Both her parents preceded her in death.
When she was four years old the family moved to Scotland, S.D., in a
covered wagon, staying there a short time. They moved back again
in a covered wagon, and made their home north of Bethune, known as
the Settlement. Here she was to spend the rest of her life and make
her home. On Nov. 10, 1916, she was united in marriage to Gottleib
Gramm, at Sterling, Colo., by Rev. Karl Hemmelmann. To this union were born three sons and two daughters. Mourning
her death are her children: Lloyd and wife Fern, Lawrence, Edmund
and wife Esther, Elma and husband Ted Schaal, Esther and husband Mervin
Corliss. Also nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister,
Minnie Hammelmann of Lincoln, Neb., and one brother, William Stutz of Denver. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Gottleib,
who passed away Aug. 20, 1977; and five sisters and one brother.
They are: Lena Dobler, Maria Stahlecker, Ida Knodel, Fredrich Stutz,
Emma Weiss, and Netti Stutz and Martha Schlichenmayer.
Mr. and Mrs. Gramm
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1966, and in November of 1976,
they were again able to have their relatives and friends with them to celebrate
their 60th wedding anniversary. Lydia was baptized and confirmed in the Immanuel
Lutheran Church. She was a charter member of the Hope Congregational Church of
Bethune. She was also a charter member of the Hope Missionary and Aid
Society. She loved her church and was quite active throughout her life. On Dec. 24, 1977, she had the misfortune to break her leg, and this
confined her to a wheel chair. Although this limited her activities,
she accepted her condition, and never complained, even continuing her church
attendance, missing very few Sundays. Lydia kept busy piecing and
making up quilts, and crocheting, many of which she gave away. She
finished her last quilt a few days before she entered the Burlington hospital,
Oct. 5. She was then transferred to Denver Oct. 24, where she passed
away Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.
Services were held in Hope United Church of Christ Oct 31, 1981, with
Rev. Howard Johnson and Rev. Rueben Isaak officiating. Special music was
sung by the men's choir, "Going Down the Valley", "Beyond the Sunset." Pall bearers were Melvin Gramm, Raymond Schlichenmyer, Ron Gramm, Verlin
Corliss, Fred Gramm, Clyde Schaal. Honorary pall bearers were George Gramm,
Alan Barber, Larry Gramm and Dan Hudson. Final resting place is Hope United Church of Christ cemetery, north