Mae E. Groleau

BRAMPTON – Mae E. Groleau, 98, of 5892 27.5 Road, Brampton, Mich., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Soderman Adult Foster Care Home in Gladstone.

Mae was born June 27, 1914, in St. Jacques, Mich., the daughter of Timothy and Anna (Papineau) Sabourin. She was raised in St. Jacques, Canada, and Escanaba where she was a 1934 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School.

Mae was united in marriage to Wilfred J. “Bud” Groleau on Nov. 26, 1936, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Escanaba. They resided in Gladstone until 1946 when they made their home in Brampton where they raised their children and attended to their hobby farm. Mae retired from the Red Owl Bakery in Escanaba where she worked for several years.

Mae was a very active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins. She taught CCD classes for over 50 plus years. She also was a member of the Altar Society, Daughter’s of Isabella and Ministry of Praise.

Mae loved spending time with and caring for her family. Her hobbies included taking pictures, gardening, and camping. She especially enjoyed baking, and her family fondly remembers her banana bread. She also liked making macrame.

Survivors include: children, Ann (John) Flinn of Brampton, Gail (Leonard) Verbrigghe of Brampton, Jim (Debbie) Groleau of Cornell, and Phyllis (Frank) Gudwer of Wilson; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred “Bud”, on Dec. 1, 1966; son, Richard, Sept. 1997; two great-grandsons, Joshua Verbrigghe, Stephen Groleau; and six sisters, Alice Runkel, Lucille Boudreau, Gertrude Vallad, Agnes Anderson, Lillian Randall and Margaret Gravel.

Mae’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 19, from 2 to 4:45 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Parish prayers at the funeral home will be at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church in Perkins with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Luncheon will follow in the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall. She will be laid to rest next to Wilfred at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Groleau family. Please visit where you can express your sympathy to the Groleau family, or to leave a memory tribute about Mae.