Grace Thielemann

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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.

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  1. Hello, my name is Connie Huber. I am a member of St. Charles Catholic church in Charleston Il. I knew Grace from attending morning mass and scripter study with her. She was the most wonderful woman. I loved how she always had shoes to match her jackets! She was a true women of faith and I feel blessed to have known her and to have called her a friend. My prayers are with your family and with Gracie.

  2. Q: What will you never forget about Grace? A: I was sorry to read of Grace’s passing. My condolences to her family. I knew her from church and living in our Charleston neighborhood. I always looked forward to our conversations. She was kind, warm and engaging. I told her she was a role model for me with her positive attitude and fortitude. I always think of her when I pass by her home and remember her fondly standing outside with her little dog. She is missed.

  3. What a beautiful lady and kind person Grace was. Saw her obit in Muncie paper. My condolences to Don, Carrie, Rick, and my high school sweetheart Judy. Your mother was a sweet and caring person and now with your father God rest their souls. Steve Hill

  4. I first met Grace when I was working as an RN at the local hospital where her husband, Don, was a patient after suffering a stroke. Grace became a friend just that easily. She was so devoted to Don and spent all of her time at his side. You didn’t have to question their love for each other, it was so evident!! I would see Grace at church, we lived fairly close to one another, and she and my husband shared the same birth date! All commonalities, yet Grace made you feel as if we had known each other forever. I had an opportunity to meet her loving, supportive and caring children. I would continue to see Grace over time and she would always update me on Don’s health, his transfers, her traveling so frequently! She never wavered in her love and support for Don! I often thought of her after she moved and had lost contact with her but I knew she was always close to family! I loved Grace and her ease in being a friend. I am sorry to learn of her passing but know she is back with her Don and being eternally happy💜 Toni Cox, Charleston, IL

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