Beverly Jean Gramsey

OBITUARY - Beverly Jean Gramsey


Beverly Jean Gramsey, age 86 of Oviedo, Florida (former resident of Titusville, Florida and Big Lake, Minnesota) was called home to our Lord and Savior on April 9, 2014 at 5:45 am peacefully in her sleep at Life Care Center of Orlando, Florida.  A Celebration of Beverly’s life will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11 AM at Saron Lutheran Church, 311 Lake Street South, Big Lake, MN.  Pastor Kyle Sidlo will officiate.  Private interment will be at Big Lake Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

Beverly was born January 14, 1928 in St. Paul, MN to Roger and Olga Platten.  Beverly’s early years were spent in St. Paul with her parents and brother Marvin (Buzz) Platten.  At the age of 20, she married Robert Gustav Anderson.  Together they had three children, Robert Lee, Bonnie Jean, and Karen Faith.  The couple divorced in 1951.

In 1955, Beverly met and married the love of her life, Leo Ralph Gramsey.  They married on October 1, 1955 at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, MN.  Born to this union were LuAnn Bernice, Judy Anna, Randy Leo and Anna Mae.  The family lived on a farm in Big Lake for many years.  Although Beverly worked at various jobs in her younger years, upon settling in Big Lake, she worked as a bookkeeper until retirement at United Power Association of Elk River (now known as Great River Energy).  Upon  retirement as a couple, they moved to Florida in the 1990’s.   Leo passed away in Florida in 2002, and is interred at Big Lake Cemetery, off Eagle Lake Road in Big Lake.   

Beverly was active at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake and later at her church in Florida, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Titusville for many years.  In her spare time, she was very adept at needlepoint and was very accomplished in Hardanger, crochet and other works you could very well call artistic.  She loved life and a good laugh.  Her other talent was in baking even though she’d attest that she wasn’t a good cook.  But, everyone came to love her Apple Bars and Flat Bread.  

She loved to travel to faraway lands by cruise ship with family and friends.  But her most enjoyable travels were to visit her family.  They lived across the US in her home state of Minnesota, Texas, Washington, Florida, Arizona and Hawaii.

Her faith in God was strong and endured throughout the years.  She would always say “Trust in the Lord - He will take care of you.”

Beverly is survived by her children Robert (Kathy) Gramsey of MN, LuAnn (Wayne) Arnold of MN, Judy (Tim) Olson of FL, Randy (Joyce) Gramsey of MN, and Anna (Greg) Ashleson of AZ;  10 grandchildren;  4 great grandchildren;  brother Marvin (Marion) Platten;  and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins from across the world.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Ralph;  daughter Karen Faith, daughter Bonnie Jean;  and her parents Roger and Olga (Terland) Platten.           


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