OBITUARY

MARY ANN GRADISHER

November 27, 1941December 13, 2017
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Mary Ann Gradisher age 76 of Crown Point IN passed away on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Community Hospital, Munster. Mary Ann was born on November 27, 1941 in East Chicago, IN to David and Mary Cook. She is survived by her daughter Stacey Gradisher of Stuart, FL and her grandchildren Lauren Reed of Columbus, IN and Alex Reed of Gurnee, IL. Two Brothers James Cook of Fredericksburg, IA and John Cook of Crown Point, IN and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald, her parents David and Mary Cook, one brother David. Mary Ann was an elementary school teacher in Illinois for school district 149 having received her BS and MS at Indiana University, and was very active in the teacher’s union. She was an avid reader, loved to travel and was able to visit every county in the contiguous 48 states. She enjoyed visiting art galleries and later in life became a talented artist. She was a member of several art organizations. She was a longtime supporter of Indiana University and is a past member of the IU Presidents Council. She enjoyed following the Hoosier football team and would attend as many home games and bowl games as possible. Visitation will be at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd, (two blocks south of Ridge RD) Highland, IN on Sunday December 17, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial Monday December 18,2017 DRIECTLY at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Schererville, IN. There will be a private interment at a later date.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 18, 2017
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MARY ANN GRADISHER

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Dawn Shields

December 21, 2017

My mother called me this past weekend to tell me she had read that Mary Ann Gradisher had passed away. Mrs. Gradisher was my and my sister's fifth grade teacher at Diekman School in Dolton, Illinois. My sister was in her class in 1969, and I was in her class in 1971. Truthfully, she scared the hell out of me back then, but over the years, I came to realize how ultra-cool she really was, and that my fear of her was unfounded; I was intimidated by her sarcasm, strict teaching style and very direct manner of speaking, all traits I admire in people as an adult. (She was actually only strict about education, which may not have made her my favorite teacher at the time, but one of my top 3 in retrospect.) She allowed us to play our favorite 45s on the record player in her class while we worked (The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Band of Gold and Want Ads were favorites), and gave us interesting assignments, a couple of which I have saved after all these years. I remember she was a HUGE Blackhawks fan, and told our class that she had named her daughter Stacy because it was as close to Stan Mikita's name as she could get. She even hired some of the girls in our class to babysit Stacy when she went out with her husband on weekends. She drove a yellow mustang with black louvers on the back window, and gave me a ride home in it once. My memories of her in the ensuing years made me realize that she is just the type of person I would now choose for a friend. I have thought of her fondly so very many times over the years, and have wondered if I should try to look her up to tell her what an impact she had on me. I am sad it is now too late. She may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Glenda Miles

December 20, 2017

Mary Ann was an inspiration and pleasure to share creative adventures with. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this time of sadness.

Kerri Mommer

December 17, 2017

I am deeply saddened by Mary Ann's passing because we were just starting to develop a friendship. We had a wonderful and inspiring meeting at her studio this fall when Mary Ann, Sara, and I made plans for a three-person show. I was glad to be able to cheer for her at the awards ceremony for the Midwest Collage Society at the Chicago Cultural Center in October when she won an award. I will miss Mary Ann's incredible art, experience, and unique personality.

Kerri Mommer

December 17, 2017

Kerri Mommer

December 17, 2017

Kerri Mommer

December 17, 2017

Kerri Mommer

December 17, 2017

Karrie

December 17, 2017

Mrs Gradisher was my 6th grade math teacher some 36 years ago. She was strict but was a great math teacher. I am grateful for the foundation she gave me since I went on to become a math major in college. I think of her often. May she Rest In Peace and may her family find comfort knowing all the children that she reached.

Margi Hafer

December 16, 2017

Mary Ann and I are both members of the Midwest Collage Society, and we would often visit with each other at meetings. Her artwork was beautiful and she was truly dedicated to helping other artists through the Illiana Art Association. I admire her for her strength, courage fighting spirit during her struggle with Cancer. She was amazing. We will miss her art and her presence in our lives.
Margi Hafer, Frankfort, Illinois

William Nichols

December 16, 2017

Great memories and an even greater educator. She allowed me to be class clown and straightened me out when needed. Will never forget Outdoor Ed. God bless.