Grace Harriet Quaghebeur, 83, of Escanaba, passed away early Sunday morning, August 27, 2017 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone.
She was born on November 13, 1933 in Cornell, daughter of George and Pearl (Thayer) Budinger. Grace was raised in Cornell and was a lifelong resident of this area. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1952.
On February 19, 1955, Grace Budinger married Andre Quaghebeur in Flat Rock. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2014.
Over the years, Grace worked at the South Store in Cornell, U. P. State Fair, Benders Mink Ranch, Hansen Potato Farm, Lippen’s Potato Farm and their own family farm.
Grace was involved with the 4-H Program all of her life, she enjoyed gardening, farming, bowling, sewing denim quilts and crocheting.
She was an active member of St. Anne’s Church. Grace took on the lead role for 20 years for the church funeral luncheons and helped with the church annual rummage sales.
Grace was active with the Delta County Home Extension, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Good Sam Camping Club, Daughters of Isabella and Elks Lodge 354 Ladies Auxiliary.
Among survivors include her children, Steven (Linda Parrish) Quaghebeur of Escanaba, Tina (Sam) Hunt of Gladstone, Carla (Randy) McCauley of Rapid River and Todd Quaghebeur of Gladstone; eight grandchildren, Michelle, Ken and Nick Quaghebeur, Remi Hunt, Ellisha Roberts, Andrea (Jake) McCauley-Engber, Sarah (Patrick) Blanzy and Jacob Quaghebeur; seven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna (Dale) Richer of Gladstone and Charlotte Poquette of Hurbertus, WI.
In addition to her husband, Andre, she was preceded in death by her daughter in law, Christine Quaghebeur; granddaughter, Bridget Hunt; brothers, George, Pete and Alan Budinger; and sisters, Merle Peterson and Mae Rouse.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 29th from 3 – 5:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will take place in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. A memorial bench will be placed at the U.P. State Fair Grounds dedicated to Andre and Grace Quaghebeur.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Quaghebeur family.