Grace E. Ziems

Grace E. Ziems, 90, of Elroy passed away Monday, March 16, 2020, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.

She was born April 19, 1929, to Russell and Charlotte (Astle) Gilbert in Momence, Ill. She graduated from the Momence High School.

Grace was united in marriage to Melvin Ziems on Jan. 17, 1948, in Momence. They farmed at Beecher, Ill., and lived in Momence prior to moving to their farm near Elroy in 1960. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2011.

Grace had worked at Spring Valley Golf Course and Supper Club, Ray-O-Vac, Schulz’s Dime Store and for 18 years in the cafeteria operation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.  She was a member of United Methodist Church in Elroy.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth (Cheri) of Tucson, Ariz., Vicki (Larry) Gower of Lakeland, Fla., Michael (Marta) Ziems of Tomah and Steven (Tammy) Ziems of Elroy; her grandchildren, Stacy Ziems, Christopher Ziems, Michelle Soerens, Curtis Ziems, Nicklaus Ziems, Wendy Tibbetts, Abigail Wojahn, Curt Backeberg and Lauralee Ziems; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Melvin, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Edward Gilbert; and her sister, Shirley Tedford.

Memorial funeral services to celebrate the life of Grace are scheduled on her birthday, Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Elroy, with Rev. Dr. Wesley Jacob officiating. Friends may call at the church from 1–2 p.m. 

The Picha Funeral Home in Elroy is assisting. For online information, go to

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