Phyllis R. Gramenz
September 23, 1948 - April 11, 2016
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Dakota Heights
337 15th Avenue North
South St. Paul, MN
Saturday 4/16, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952

Phyllis R. Gramenz, 67 of Menasha, formerly of St. Paul Minnesota, passed away on April 11, 2016. The former Phyllis Lamb was born on September 23, 1948 in Newport Minnesota to Reed “Shorty” and Eleanor Lamb. She attended St. Joseph Acadamy and later graduated from Harding High School. On September 1, 1967 she married Greg…

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~T left a message on April 21, 2017:
P, it's been just over a year since you've been gone. I can't believe it. I miss our long talks and laughs. I have been taking care of Troy and the kids the best way I can. Too, I've been helping dad where I can. My heart swells with the memories I hold from our time together. Love and miss you much.
Cory Morrisette left a message on April 17, 2016:
This last week we lost a wonderful human being from the face of this earth, my aunt Phyllis Gramenz (Lamb). I've always thought of her, and her husband Greg, as surrogate parents and my cousins John and Troy as more brothers than cousins. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of having them be a constant throughout my life, and I know I'm not alone in that distinction. As I write this, I find it difficult to talk about Phyllis without Greg, as they were truly one in life. Knowing that, I truly feel a deep sadness for what my uncle Greg is going through at this time. However, I also know time is one of the great healers, but it is not an eraser and I probably will never think of them as anything other than parts of a perfect whole. Although monetarily they were not what most would consider “wealthy” or “rich”, Phyllis and Greg were wealthy/rich beyond measure in spirit and life. Their door was always open to me and many others, and they freely shared of themselves and their resources. For me they were a pure example of what loving life was about, and sharing that love with others. I was truly blessed to have been gifted with the many riches I have received from them, and I know I am a better person today for it. Phyllis lived life to its absolute fullest, and on her own terms, as I’m sure many others can attest to (she would call bull on me if I kept this completely serious)! She had to face many challenges with her health throughout her brief life, and some were supposed to have made it even briefer than it was, but not once did she give up or back down. While I did not know her to be deeply religious, she lived one of the most profound Christian tenants, in that at one time during a discussion of one of those health issues and what she “should/shouldn’t be doing” she told me something along the lines: “I don’t know when I’m going to go, so I’m not going to change what I’m doing and be miserable. I’d rather be happy during whatever time I have left”. None of us truly know when our time is going to come, and even with this last health challenge when she had some idea she still chose not to change what she was doing, and I believe was happy mentally and spiritually, even though she physically was miserable. I know there were many times where my surrogate brothers when combined with me (or some combination of their other surrogate siblings) caused her and Greg grief, but never once did you feel anything but love from them, no matter what type of response you got. I will always remember the good times spent with my Aunt and her family, as at this time I find it hard if not impossible to recall any bad ones. John, Troy and I will always have these and many more memories to share about our time with their mother: “white glove” inspections at TJ’s, just “duct tape it” with Mikey McP (another surrogate son/sibling) and all of us laughing so hard we couldn’t talk, and I’ll always have that scar on my head from their Arden Hills apartment when we were running around in circles between the kitchen and dining room and fell into the corner of the wall and had to get stiches (sorry Greg, I’m sure that was probably one of the first of many times we didn’t listen to you!). While we may have a lost a wonderful human being from the face of this earth last week, heaven gained a perfect soul, and we all gained a beautiful angel to watch over us until we are united with her in that perfection. Aunty Phyllis you will be missed, but always and eternally loved by all of us who had the privilege and honor of having you in our lives. Love Cory.
Maureen Sullivan left a message on April 16, 2016:
Greg, John, Tina, Troy, Tina and everyone...please accept my deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Although I only knew Phyllis for 19 months it is as if we knew each other for a lifetime. A "Soul Sister" indeed! A magnificent human being with a gentle,radiant heart...her kind, generous spirit and the courageous way that she lived her life touched my heart deeply. I miss her terribly and will never forget her. I feel incredibly honored and blessed beyond measure to have known Phyllis! Thank you to everyone for treating me as family...I send you all my loving prayers. Maureen Sullivan
Marilyn & Russ Tacheny left a message on April 14, 2016:
From friends of Scharlene you have our deepest sympathy. Peace be with the family.
Doris Moravetz left a message on April 14, 2016:
Words can never, truly express, all the wonderful things Phyllis did or did for others. She was a great friend! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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Troy left a message on April 13, 2016:
Mom you where my best friend, taught me how to fish and where always there to put a bandage on my wounds. You are the greatest mom ever now and forever. Love you and more. Troy
Michele (Shelly) left a message on April 13, 2016:
Aunt Phyllis was a very wise woman who always had a laugh and smile for everyone. You will be greatly missed. So sorry for the family's loss, just know she will always be in everyone's hearts forever.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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