Gwen Lynn Grage, 32, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly yet peacefully, in her sleep at her home in Le Mars Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, when the angels took Gwen back home to the Lord.
Gwen Lynn Grage was born July 5,1974, at Sioux City, the daugther of Gary and Rosie (Heidesch) Grage. Gwen was raised in the Kingsley area and started school at the age of 3 at Kissinger Special Education School at Merrill. She graduated from Riverside Special Education School in Sioux City in 1995. She lived at Victory House, a part of Mid-Step Service, a group home in Sioux City, for 10 years. She then moved to Pride II in Le Mars where she was currently residing. She worked at Life Skills in Le Mars for 11 years.
She learned sign language at an early age. She enjoyed her nieces and nephews, puppies, especially her pet dog, Dukie, bowling, riding 4-wheeler, playing cards, music and dancing, going to mass with family and eating at McDonalds. She was very friendly and outgoing, always saying "hi" to everyone. She participated in Special Olympics every year.
Gwen taught us the true meaning of life. The family would like to give a special thanks to everyone who befriended and helped Gwen in her daily routine.
Survivors include her parents, Gary and Rosie Grage of Kingsley; four sisters, Amy and her husband, Dave Ten Napel, Gina and her husband, Chad Ruhland all of Le Mars, Lea and her husband, Troy Morris of Altoona and Laura Grage of Ankeny; one brother, Lewis Grage and his wife, Kara of Remsen; paternal grandmother, Margaret Grage of Remsen; nieces and nephews, Kayla, Stephany, Derek and Morgan Ten Napel, Kennedy and Abby Ruhland, Alexis and Lillian Morris; special caregiver, Theresa Jellema of Le Mars; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Fred and Armella Heidesch, paternal grandfather, Raymond Grage; and two uncles, Dale Grage and Bill Heidesch.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. James Tigges and the Rev. William McCarthy concelebrating the Mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen, where there will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Casketbearers will be Dave Ten Napel, Chad Ruhland, Troy Morris, Kara Grage, Paul Nolan and Jimmy Nolan.