Grace V. Vondran

  • Born: October 4, 1928
  • Died: August 5, 2018
  • Location: Potosi, Wisconsin

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Grace V. Vondran, age 89, of Potosi, WI, was called home peacefully at 9:35 a.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler, WI. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born on October 4, 1928, in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Michael and Barbara (Riley) Kirchberg.

Grace was born in rural Wisconsin and she would happily call the rolling hills of the Badger State home for her entire life. She was united in marriage to Robert Vondran, and together they would settle in Potosi to raise their 10 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on May 30, 2014. Grace was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, who, to everyone's delight, had a passion for cooking and was excellent at creating a wide variety of wonderful dishes. She was a caring mother and was quite proud of her ability to make sure all of the children were well taken care of, always making sure each knew how loved they were. Grace was a straight-shooter and you never had to guess how she felt about any subject, whether you were on her side or not. In her free time, Grace loved to get in the car and head out for a "Sunday drive", no matter what day of the week it was, and her happiest destinations were the ones that led to visiting with family and friends. She also enjoyed years of a little down time listening to Betty Thomas on the radio. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our kind mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will surely miss her more than words can convey; but we are also grateful for the 89 years we had to spend with her and the memories we created which will last a lifetime.

Those left to cherish Grace's memory include

her 10 children,
Daria Vondran, Potosi, WI,
Robert (Tina) Vondran, Monticello, IA,
Debra (Dennis) Byrnes, Bettendorf, IA,
Dennis Vondran, Platteville, WI,
Doug Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel Vondran, Dubuque, IA,
Randy Vondran, Cuba City, WI,
Donna Hessling, Dickeyville, WI,
Doris Vondran, Cuba City, WI
and Denise Vondran, Cuba City, WI;

11 grandchildren,
Scott Bradley, Andrew (Sarah) Bradley, Heather (Scott) Byrnes Isley, Brendan Byrnes, Catherine Byrnes, Joshua (Dominque) Vondran, Zachary (Lindsey) Vondran, Randi Lynn (Adam) Berning, Nathaniel Vondran, Isaih Hessling and Rachel Hessling;

6 great-grandchildren,
Kaitlyn, Tytus and Baryn Vondran, Persephone Berning, Chloe Isabel Isley and Haven Victoria Vondran;

and her sisters,
June (Ray) Owens, Madison, WI
and Rita (Glenn) Hansen, Bellevue, IA.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Vondran; a grandson, Chad Michael Vondran; a daughter-in-law, Vikki Vondran; and a sister, Edna (Orrin) Lenstra.

Grace's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Grace and her entire family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mom its your birthday and though you are not here, I want to wish you a Happy Birthday in heaven.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   October 06, 2019

Happy Easter in heaven we will always miss you.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   April 21, 2019

Mom, missing you at Christmas. Your life was a blessing that is forever remembered in my heart.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   December 24, 2018

Mom wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving in heaven. Missing you today.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to our loved one who is in heaven. We will always miss you and love you until we meet again.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   November 20, 2018

Memory of your birthday
How very much you're missed is something you will never know you left behind the broken hearts of those who loved you so. A sea of tears and endless grief would simply ebb away if only you could celebrate your special day today. This birthday tokdn brings you love. It's just a simple touch to let you know how dear you are. You'll always mean so much to me.
Happy Birthday Mom in heaven
Your daughter Daria Vondran

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   October 03, 2018

It is so hard on this day to remember you have gone away. I want to give you a birthday wish. But I can only remember the things I miss. Happy Birthday Mom

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   October 03, 2018

Dear Mom,
Your birthday is two days away. Every year we would send you a card and wish we had time with you. Time has gone by like a blink of an eye.. We all want to change the past and wish things were different. The one constant is that we love you and Dad more than anything. God bless.... Debra Jean Vondrsn-Byrnes

Posted by Debra Vondran-Byrnes - Iowa city, IA - Daughter   October 02, 2018

It has been a month since you left us. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Although the loss is great the sweet memories we celebrate are in our hearts and minds forever. I miss you and love you. I'll see you on the other side. Missing you mom
Your daughter Daria Vondran

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   September 06, 2018

Vivian was a great wife to my brother Robert.

Posted by Harold Vondran - Springdale, AR - Sister   August 14, 2018

Your life was love and labour. Your love for your family true. You did your best for all of us. We will always remember you mom.

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   August 13, 2018

Mom,things I feel most deeply, are the hardest things to say. Dearest mom I loved you in a special way. If I could have one lifetime wish one dream that could come True, I'd pray to God with all my heart for yesterday with you. Missing you always your daughter

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   August 13, 2018

Mom I will never forget the day God took you home. A million times I've needed you. A million times I've cried. If love alone could have saved you you would have
never died. In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still. I'm my heart you hold a place no one else can fill. It broke my heart when you left me but part of me went with you the day God took you home. May you be in peace mom no pain until we meet again

Posted by Daria Vondran - Potosi, WI - Daughter   August 08, 2018

Mom, things you taught me: You taught me how to cook and bake, digging through a box with all the recipes cut out of magazines or newletters from Betty Thomas; you reminded me to stand up straight; you taught me to be independent; you taught me ladies can still tell a foul joke; you taught me to be honest; you taught me to love nature. Memories of you: Taking off school just to reminisce about relatives, have tea and crackers, and bake; watching and helping you prepare almost a dozen pumpkin pies for thanksgiving, nothing measured, just a taste test--they were the best; seeing you can a thousand quarts of tomatoes, beans and corn; seeing you help butcher and clean hundreds of poultry; you never sat still except to enjoy a cup of coffee. Things will never be the same with you and dad not here, but I feel you are together, that handsome dark-haired gentleman with his movie-starlet looking wife, the way I see you both in your wedding photo. Love you mom.

Posted by Donna Hessling - Dickeyville, WI - Daughter   August 08, 2018

Mom I read a poem that conveys my thoughts. It went something like this
God looked around his garden and found an empty space
He then looked down to earth and saw your face
God put his arms around you and lifted you to Rest In Peace
Gods garden must be beautiful
With you in his place.
Love always, your daughter
Debra Vondran-Byrnes

Posted by Debra Vondran-Byrnes - Iowa city, IA - Daughter   August 07, 2018

I close my eyes and I see
All the memories that I have of you
When I sit and relax
I will find
Your still there inside my mind
I cry for you, and now your gone
For your in a land of song
Where there is no pain or fear
I try to dry away my tears
I will never think of you, Mom in the dark and cold
For you are no longer old
In a place full of love
Known to us as up above
You, mom will forever feel warmth, comfort and our love
I miss you and love you
Debra Vondran-Byrnes.

Posted by Debra Vondran-Byrnes - Iowa city, IA - Daughter   August 06, 2018

Vivian was my godmother. She had a special bond to my mom Edna. Vivian and I missed my mom for 29 years. It gives me comfort to know the two great ladies are now together. I used to tease Vivian that she was my favorite godmother. She would always say, you damn fool I am your only godmother. Then she would smile. Being called a damn fool by Vivian was a term of endearment! I loved her so.

Posted by Beth Lenstra - Altoona, IA - Family   August 06, 2018