Marcella "Marcie" G. Eernisse

Marcella "Marcie" G. Eernisse of Grafton passed away at the age of 79 on Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2008, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1619 W. Washington St., in Grafton. Father Richard Cerpich will celebrate the Mass. The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. until services at 6:30 p.m. Marcie will be laid to rest the next day at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Grafton. The Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Marcella was born on Dec. 30, 1928 in Grafton, daughter of Peter and Katherine Schreiner Thelen. She attended school in Grafton, graduating with the class of 1946 from Grafton High School. On Oct. 13, 1951, Marcie was united in marriage with Mr. Allen "Skip" Eernisse at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grafton. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this past Monday.

Marcie was a member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as well as a member of the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary and the Grafton Fire Department Auxiliary. She loved to play cards (especially sheepshead), golf, bowl and take care of her garden. Most importantly, she loved her family and just loved life. Marcie would always dress for the occasion, be it Halloween, Christmas, a Badgers or Packers game and enjoyed each celebration that came along. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, frequently going to their different sporting events. Her new great-granddaughter added special joy to her life. She will be missed by all who survive her.

Survivors include her husband, Skip; their two children, Mary Kay (the late Frank) Crowell of Olalla, Wash. and Mike (Brenda) Eernisse of Grafton; four grandchildren, Katie Crowell of Olalla, Wash., Nick Crowell of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., David (Tanya) Eernisse of Grafton and Christopher Eernisse of Madison; and her great-granddaughter, Ava Sophia Eernisse, also of Grafton. She is further survived by her dear sisters, Marguerite "Marge" Bohlen and Lorraine (Mel) Krick, both of Grafton; sisters-in-law, Arliss (Les) Steffen of Cedarburg and Laura Thelen of Forestville; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ralph Thelen; and her son-in-law, Frank Crowell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marcie’s name are suggested to either St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Online condolences can be left at