OREGON-Pauline Dollie Champion, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at Skaalen Home in Stoughton.
She was born on Jan. 25, 1922, on the family farm outside of Evansville, the daughter of Paul and Ruby (Greatsinger) Gransee. After graduating from Evansville High School, she worked for the Baker family in Evansville. On a blind date she met Norman Champion, they were married at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on March 25, 1941. Together they raised three daughters, Ann, Gwen, and Mary Lynne.
Pauline was devoted to her family and actively involved in the community. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, created over 500 Baptismal napkins, knit prayer shawls, sewed quilts and was an active member of the altar guild. Pauline was past queen for Daughters of the Nile, past matron for Eastern Star, and was active in Town and Country Women's Club, Oregon Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Girl Scouts, Silver Threads and several card groups.
Alterations were a specialty of hers. Pauline's favorite creations were the many she created for her family. She had a beautiful singing voice, enjoyed music, gardening, time spent at the cabin and any activity with her family. In 1957, she received the Wisconsin Junior Chamber of Commerce Carol Award for Outstanding Mother of the Year. She was Norman's partner in business, house renovations, craft and woodworking projects and projects at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin.
Pauline is survived by three daughters, Ann (John) Benedict, Gwen (David) Lister and Mary (Mike Casey) Gerth; grandchildren, Peter, Sarah and Paul (Natasha) Benedict, Casey (Thomas Beckwith) and Clinton (Cara) Thompson, Andrew Lister, Cora (Andrew) Redd and Mark (Chealsey) Gerth; great-grandchildren, Laura, John, Rowan, Caleb, Hudson, Arlo and Casen; sister, Gwen Reese; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gransee; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 66 years, Norman; and brothers, Earl and Louia Gransee.
A funeral service will be held at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, with the Rev. Paul Markquart presiding. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.
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