May 6, 1928 ~ September 12, 2022
Grace Thielemann 1928-2022 Grace Thielemann, age 94, formerly of Muncie, IN, Charleston, IL and Cincinnati, OH died September 12. At the time of her death, she resided in The St. Paul Senior Living Community in Nashville, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, parents Richard and Catherine Harney, and siblings David and Hope. She is survived by her four children Don (Paulette) Thielemann, Carey Criswell, Judy Tambourine, Rick (Janette) Thielemann along with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Grace was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1928 and spent her youth in WI and IL. She met her husband; Don at Northwestern University and they married in 1950 a week after graduation. She taught kindergarten until her children arrived. Grace and Don lived in various cities throughout the Midwest the first few years after their marriage, but they eventually moved to Muncie, IN where they would spend the next 15 years. In 1979 Don was transferred to Charleston, IL which would be home for the next 30 years. During this time Don died after a massive stroke. Throughout those years, Grace was very involved with Saint Charles Catholic Church and in 2016 was named the “Woman of Distinction” for her parish. She also loved working at the church rummage sales, and she acted as a “personal shopper” for all that attended. She was also involved in PEO and DAR. She loved reading and walking but most of all she loved entertaining her neighbors and friends. Her parties always included Dominos, card games and lots of laughs. Charleston was truly her home. In 2016 Grace moved to Cincinnati to be closer to her 2 daughters and would spend 5 years at Evergreen Retirement where she had many close friends. But in 2021, Grace and her daughter Carey moved to Nashville, TN where Don, Paulette and Judy were living they all lived less than 1 mile from one another so her last 18 months were very happy ones living so close to her three oldest children (her youngest, Rick lives in Florida). Grace’s kind spirit, joy of life and sunny personality will be dearly missed by all that knew her. A private funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, September 30th. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We proudly remain locally owned & operated.