Grace Masin, born September 4, 1928, in Chicago, IL, previous resident of Gleason, WI and recent resident of Stonebridge Apartments in Merrill, WI, passed away peacefully May 23, 2023, at Marshfield Medical Center as the result of a fall. Grace was small in stature but big in love for her family and friends. She loved a good laugh, a big sale and socializing with friends and family whenever possible. She liked playing cards, rummage sales, bingo and trips to the casino.
Grace is predeceased by her husband, Charles Masin, daughter, Mary Ann Jaeger, sister Berniece Guill-Davis, brother Robert Drzymala, step-grandson, Brian Jaeger and great granddaughter, Stephanie Bronson. Also awaiting Grace in heaven was her good friends, Patricia Truckey and Lillian Kouba. Surviving Grace are nieces Leslie Guill-Marx, Sharon (William) Guill-Clark, Steven Guill, Gary (Julie) Guill, Gloria Ann (Matt) Roman and Lyn (Lee) Scott-Mayer, who was also Grace’s god daughter; son-in-law Ron (Rose) Jaeger, sons Charles (Linda Almond) Masin and Douglas (Lori) Masin. Grandchildren are Dawn (Allan) Lemke, Joseph Gleason, Chuck Masin, Cory (Melanie) Masin, Willow and Logan Masin, Dustin (Jessica) Masin and Andrew (Alisha) Masin. Step-grandchildren are Kevin (Tara) Jaeger, Bruce (Heidi) Jaeger, Craig (RaDell) Jaeger, Jim Jaeger, Jamie (Daniel) Jaeger, Peggy (Joan) Jaeger, Paul (Holly) Jaeger and Ezra and Ethan Lowman. Great grandchildren are Dawn’s boys, who Grace lived with for many years and helped raise, Mark, David and Kyle Lemke. Joey has two surviving natural children, Samantha and Sean Gleason, and Brandy and Stephanie Heden whom he lived with and helped raise for many years. Cory and his wife are the parents of Madison, Allison and Jameson Masin. Also surviving Grace are many step-great grandchildren and great great grandchildren along with other relatives, and special friends, particularly her childhood friend, Dorothy Schriener of Illinois. She, had many friends from her last two apartment buildings, especially Judy Doerr, who made her recent months joyful and possible through her sense of humor and caring friendship.
Grace had the strongest bond with her granddaughter, Dawn. Close to each other Dawn’s whole life, the pair were inseparable in recent years. Dawn was her cook, housekeeper, chauffeur, caregiver and companion. It was only because of Dawn’s loving care that Grace was able to remain in her apartment till the end, which was Grace’s fervent wish. The family can never express to Dawn how important her time, tender care and patience with Grace has meant to the rest of the family. She was not only Grace’s greatest gift, but the rest of the family’s as well. Special to Grace was her step-great granddaughter, Lauren (Lemke) Perry. It was with tremendous joy Grace was able to attend Lauren’s much anticipated wedding to Carson Perry just weeks before her passing. In the last days Grace was hospitalized at Marshfield Medical Center. The staff there was wonderful! We especially want to thank and praise the staff of the surgical ICU and Chaplain Renata Hinrichs. They made the UNbearable somehow bearable. Grace was much loved and will be missed deeply. So many people have said they will never forget her. No one who knew her ever could forget her. She was one special lady. We thank our Savior, Jesus Christ, that because of His sacrifice we know Grace is reunited with her daughter, Mary, and many friends and family who passed before her whom she had been missing. By the grace of God, the rest of us left behind have the hope of reuniting with Grace one day for eternity.
Cremation and arrangements are being conducted by the Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society through the John J. Buettgen Funeral Home in Schofield, Wisconsin. At Grace’s request, there will be no funeral but a Celebration of Life at a date to be determined.