Irma A. (Bartley) Greis beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister in law and friend to many passed away on Saturday, May 28th at home surrounded by her family.
She was born on December 24, 1928 the daughter of Cornelius and Olive (Boucher) Bartley. She attended the Escanaba Schools where she was a cheerleader for three years and in a music trio all through high school. She was also a member of the Escanaba Figure Skating Club for seven years. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1947 and then attended Barbizon School of Modeling and Fashion in Milwaukee, WI.
On June 21, 1948 she married her husband of 67 years and 11 months, John F. Greis upon his return from the U.S. Army Air Corps after WWII. Together they raised their five children and resided at 1414 S. 14th Street in Escanaba.
In her younger years, Irma was employed at the Michigan Hotel (her parents business) and later worked at the Fair Store. After her children were raised Irma worked at the Mata Brown Shoppe in Escanaba as a clerk along with modeling for the store showing all the latest clothing during the lunch hours on Thursday and Friday at the House of Ludington. In 1975 Irma went to work for Dr. Donald Pfotenhauer as his office manager for ten years. Irma spent several years as the producer-director of the Escanaba Jaycees Miss Delta County Pageant which was a preliminary for the Miss Michigan Pageant. Irma spent many hours working with the girls preparing them for Pageant life along with being the chaperon of Miss Delta County at the Miss Michigan Pageants. Irma and her husband John also judged many pageants throughout the U.P. over the years. Irma also directed the U.P. State Fair Queen Pageants. After retiring she spent Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day working at Wickert Floral Shop in Escanaba for her nephew Greg Johnson. Irma was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Thomas Catholic Church where she was active with working at funerals, pancake breakfasts, fall festivals, her children’s school programs along with the Women’s Guild and choir at St. Patrick’s. Irma was a member of the Highland Golf Course for over 20 years.
In her spare time she loved playing cards, golfing and having lunch at the Stonehouse every Tuesday with her wonderful friends for over 20 years. She enjoyed traveling to see her daughter Marcia when she was in the Navy along with trips to Green Bay and Appleton to visit family and for Christmas shopping. Irma spent many hours volunteering….one of her passions. She assisted the residents at the Bishop Noa Home for many years with Bingo and was a member of the hospital auxiliary. More than anything she loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she was always so proud of.
Irma is survived by her husband John F. Greis; daughters, Susan (Alan) Pifke, Kathie (Don) Nyquist, Marcia (Greis) Short; two sons, John F. Greis III and Gary P. Greis all of Escanaba; five grandchildren, Shannon, Kirstin and Erik Pifke, John Greis IV and Aaron (Mallery) Short; and six great grandchildren, John and Kaitlyn Greis, Bayli, Liam and Ledger Short and Korde’ Fernandez.
In addition to her parents, Irma was preceded in death by her half-sister Nellie Johnson, sisters, Dorothy (Bernie) St. Onge and Betty (George) Dunlap; brother, Major Neil (Rose) Bartley retired U.S. Army, Casper (Cappy) Bartley and George (Barbara) Bartley.
As we say good bye to our wonderful, kind, loving, considerate, strong, confident, and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister in law, aunt and friend we thank God for the life she lived….her hard work in raising her five children and for always being there for all of us. A beautiful person inside and out….a woman with great class and style….she always took great pride in her appearance which was something people often commented her on. As her husband and her children we were so blessed that God chose her for us. She loved and was loved in return. She will live forever in the hearts of those blessed enough to have been part of her life here on Earth.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 1st from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Rick Courier officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Irma’s name to the Bishop Noa Home, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary and St. Francis Hospital Charities.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Greis family.