Grace M. Lensmire was called to final rest on February 22, 2021 in St. Johns, Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Grace will be held at 11AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Stevens Point, WI on March 13, 2021. Rev. Todd Mlsna will officiate. Burial will be held at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share memories from 9:30 until time of services on Saturday at Church. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral mass will be limited but the visitation prior is open to the public. The Mass will be streamed live via Holy Spirit's YouTube Chanel - Holy Spirit Stevens Point
Grace was born October 10, 1922 in Stratford WI to Alphonse and Pauline (Weber) Kaiser. On June 14, 1944 she married Warren J. Lensmire at St. John Church in Edgar, WI. She held several jobs in business prior to becoming administrative assistant at Wood County Teachers College. She later became Director of CAP Services (1966) in Stevens Point. Starting in 1971, she partnered with her 2 sons in several ventures: beef cattle ranching, hydroponic agriculture, Lensmire’s Greenhouse and Garden Center and The Flower Shop at SentryWorld. She retired in 1983, splitting time between Wisconsin and Florida for 37 years.
Grace believed in giving of her time and talents. She served on the Catholic Women’s Deanery Board, the LaCrosse Diocesan Church Council and the Campaign for Human Development. She was active in her parish church serving as lector, minister of communion, choir member and CCD teacher. Community service included leadership in Girl Scouts and 4-H as well as serving on boards for St. Michaels Hospital, WI Community Action, WI Regional Medical Advisory and the State of WI Licensing Board.
She was an accomplished seamstress as well as oil painting and water color artist. Her hobbies included extensive traveling, reading, cooking and gardening. She enjoyed designing and building 5 of their family homes.
She is survived by 5 children Mary (Rod) Sobczak, Paula Craig, Richard (Christina) Lensmire, Warren (Nancy) Lensmire and Lisa (Dan) Murman, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and was blessed with meeting her first great-great grandchild. She is also survived by sisters, Melanie Krebsbach, Anna Mae Rasmussen and Margie Krautkramer, and in-laws Winnifred Kaiser, John (Lynn) Lensmire, Joan (Lawrence) Wirkus and 108 nieces and nephews.
Grace is predeceased by her husband Warren, parents, and siblings and in-laws Oliver (Cyrilla) Kaiser, Melvin (Elizabeth) Kaiser, Ralph (Martha) Kaiser, Virgil Kaiser, Dorothy (Joe) Wenzel, Rose Marie (Chet) Cegeilski, Ray Krebsbach, Claude Krautkramer, Cliff Rasmussen, Mae (Lee) Gliniecki, and Calvin (Alvina) Lensmire.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude or a charity of your choice.