Genevieve (Jeannie) I. Graume, 94, died peacefully in the arms of family on Monday, March 29, 2021. She was born in Champion, WI on February 15, 1927, to the late Abel Prevost and Emma Bournoville.
To help her family make ends meet when she was a child, she hauled buckets of water to keep the family moonshine still running. During World War II, she worked as a welder in Sturgeon Bay. She also worked as a waitress at Al’s Hamburger and later for Schreiber Foods.
She married her soulmate, Harvey Graume, on September 10, 1949, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay. They settled on the west side of Green Bay in 1955. Together they created a beautiful life centered around God, family, friends, and love. Harvey preceded her in death on July 25, 1990. Her love and devotion for him never wavered and his passing left a huge void in her life. She kept his memory alive in her heart, thoughts, and through her actions.
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe our graceful mother. We were beyond blessed to have her in our lives for so many years. She was a gift not only to us, but to the people who knew her. For such a tiny woman, she stood very tall in her sweet and loving ways.
Genevieve was a devout Christian with her favorite outing being Sunday Mass. She found great comfort and security practicing her faith and prayed bountiful rosaries each day. She was a selfless person who deeply loved her family, which was most important to her. She was one tough lady. She rebounded from numerous illnesses against all odds.
Among her favorite sayings were “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” where we responded, “If they do, take your shoe, knock them coo coo, goodnight.” “See ya later alligator,” followed by us with “After while crocodile.” Jeannie enjoyed league bowling, playing bridge, cheering on the Packers, and watching Lawrence Welk. She also enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, and a good polka at their Lake Noquebay cottage.
Genevieve had a love and appreciation for each holiday and went over and above with beautiful decorations and gifts for her family. She especially loved Christmas and everything about the season including baking, decorating, shopping, and wrapping gifts. She spent hours enjoying the gorgeous ornaments that hung from her white flocked tree. There is nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her “sister at heart”, Ethel.
She is survived by her children, Lee (Mark) Amundson, Kathy (Dale) Marshall, Mike Graume, Lynn Strombach, and Mary Beth (Dan) Moureau. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Nicole (Steve) Hess, Jennifer (Kurt) Wulfert, Brooke (Armaan) Shaikh, Kristy Graume, Megan Graume, Courtney (Robert) Schumacher, Haleigh (fiancée Jacob Brenteson) Strombach, Taryn (Matt) Thompson, Madeline Moureau, and only grandson, Garrett Moureau; as well as great-grandchildren, Sean, Ryan, Addison, Lauren, Regan, Amara, Maisie, and soon to be born, Liam. She is further survived by the sister she never had, Ethel Process, half sisters and brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband Harvey and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Sue Graume; brothers and their wives, Clayton & Shirley Prevost and Jimmy & Eunice Prevost; brother-in-law, Marvin Process; numerous aunts, uncles, and one half-brother.
Our family would like to thank Jeannie’s neighbors for always lending a helping hand and checking on her throughout the years. We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr. Jason Hoppe for his compassion and dedication, allowing our mother to grow old with dignity. And special thanks to the Green Bay Fire Department for their professionalism and kindness when mom needed it most.
We were so fortunate and blessed to call her mom and will treasure all the memories we hold dear in our hearts. She is at peace and home at last. Until we meet again, “SEE YA LATER ALLIGATOR……..”
Family and friends may call at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, on Saturday, April 10th, from 8:30 to10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Tom Reynebeau officiating. Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. The Mass will be live streamed at: www.Gbres.org/live. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.prokowall.com. Though not yet determined, a memorial fund will be established to honor Genevieve.