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Obituary of Eleanor Griess – CO

By Vaseline May31,2024

Eleanor “Toots” Griess, age 73, passed away on June 4, 2014 at North Shore Manor in Loveland, CO, after a courageous battle with cancer. Charlie Griess, her loving, devoted husband, was with her during her illness and as she drew her last breaths. Toots was born on March 11, 1941 in Medford, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Hazel Agnes Schallock and Leibrecht Albrecht Doehr. “Toots” was the nickname given to her by her uncle, who called her his “Tootsie Babe.” On June 4, 1960, Toots married Vernal William Weis in Spencer, WI. They had seven children, five boys and two girls. They moved to Loveland, Colorado in July 1976. On July 29, 1989, Toots married the love of her life, Charles Edwin Griess, and became stepmother to his seven children. They lived in Windsor, CO. Toots was a housewife and farmer until moving to Colorado. In CO she had several jobs; the role that was most meaningful to her was at Meals on Wheels of Loveland, CO, where she worked in various capacities during her thirty years there. She will be remembered in the community for bringing new and special flavors and baked goods to the program. We will always remember her for the ease and joy with which she led and prepared excellent meals for hundreds of people every day. Her last position there as volunteer coordinator allowed her to excel in her talents in communication and organization. Toots always believed: “If you are going to do something, do it well, with all your heart and with 100% effort.” She lived this and demonstrated it in her work and in her life. Toots was deeply religious, a Sabbath keeper and a Christian who “walked the walk” every moment of her life. Her faith defined her and gave her the strength and dignity to endure, to the end and beyond. There were a few things in her life that Toots greatly appreciated. It was not material possessions or earthly riches, but rather living with purpose, enjoying special moments and fully appreciating life’s experiences, including honoring, loving and obeying Yahweh – and keeping His law; Her very special relationship with Charlie; Joy in seeing the growth and development of her children towards success and happiness in adulthood; Large gatherings of friends and family, with food, wine, appreciation and celebration – especially if she was the hostess (which was the majority of these times); As she said, “The way Yahweh created things, so that when we put them together as He intended, the result is very good and pleasant, a gift and a blessing to us.”; A good home-made bread; Planting seeds and the resulting fruits of the earth that can be harvested and enjoyed; Small birds; Red meat, red wine and dark chocolate! Toots is survived by her husband Charlie, her sister Rhea Mae Vogel, her seven children, seven stepchildren, twenty-three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister Ellen. On Tuesday, June 10, there will be a commemoration of Toots’ life. Toots was very specific about what she wanted for the celebration, and her wishes will be fulfilled as described below, ending with her request to entertain her friends and family one more time with the things that mean so much to her: red wine, red wine , Meat & Dark Chocolate and of course lots of joy and celebration.! 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Visitation with family and final respects at Marks Funeral Home, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor, CO. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Funeral and graveside service. Lakeview Cemetery, Windsor, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Celebration of Toots’ life, with music, memories and a meal! Windsong Estate, 2901 Saddler Blvd. Fort Collins, CO Northeast corner of HWY 14 and HWY 257. If you would like to send flowers, please send them to Windsong Estate by 1:00 PM on June 10. However, Charlie and the family have offered the following as an option, if you would prefer to make a donation in memory of Toots. These organizations provide meaningful services that have had a tremendous impact on many, including Toots: Meals on Wheels, Loveland (Toots was part of this team for 30 years and worked there until her illness began to limit her ability to work.) lovelandmealsonwheels. org ; Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado –; Caring Bridge website – The family extends their sincere thanks to everyone who reached out with care and concern during Toots’ illness. Your love, visits and service in countless ways were a tremendous blessing and will never be forgotten.

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