Frances D. Bramson ‘Gramby’

Feb. 22, 1937 – Aug. 11, 2010

 Frances D. "Gramby" Bramson, 73, of Verona, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. She was born Feb. 22, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Jehiras and Mary (Wilson) Houts.

She married David B. Bramson on Aug. 16, 1958, and he preceded her in death May 12, 1978. As her soul mate, a little portion of her died that day, too.

She graduated (including a master’s degree) from the University of Iowa as an education major. Her passion for teaching motivated all students to find their life’s niche and pursue that with passion. This philosophy of encouragement extended beyond the classroom to everyone she knew, especially her children and grandchildren (Ali, science; David, the arts; and Maelyn, love of life and people).

Even in retirement, she continued her passion for teaching/learning as a private tutor and an employee at the Verona Public Library. The book she always planned to write was left unfinished because she gave most of her spare time to others. She was a devoted wife and mother. Humility, a sense of humor, humbleness, willingness to give to others and deep spirituality summarize Gramby. There is not one person on the face of this earth who would have even one bad word for this amazing person. THAT is quite a legacy.

Gramby is survived by a son, Todd D. (Jerilyn) Bramson of Verona; a daughter, Julie D. (Charles) Martz of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Ali M. Bramson (age 21), David M. Bramson (age 19) and Maelyn G. Martz (age 5); a brother, the Rev. Dr. Donald (Char) Houts of Savoy, Ill.; a sister, Annie Jean (William) Crowl of Talent, Ore.; and nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dave; a sister, Betty Finkelstein; and a brother, David Houts.

A reception to celebrate her life will be at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 (10-10-10 at 10:10 ... easy to remember ... something a teacher may suggest?) at Prairie Oaks Clubhouse, 360 Prairie Way Blvd., Verona. We invite you to share your memories, pictures and stories with us to be compiled into a scrapbook for her grandkids. Those can be sent to either Todd or Julie or e-mailed to or

Memorials for Fran may be directed to The American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004; The Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave., Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091; or The Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St., Verona, WI 53593.

Julie, Todd and Jerilyn would especially like to thank all of the special people who assisted with her care and well being over the past few years. The Verona community embraced and supported her, and we are very grateful. She must have found out that there’s a McDonald’s in heaven with a drive-through window, "Four senior coffees please."

Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 608-845-6625 or visit online at