Mary Ellen Grunke

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Mary Ellen Grunke of Sealy, Texas was born on August 4, 1942, in Bassett, Nebraska. She passed away surrounded by her loving family on June 16, 2016, at the age of 73.

She grew up in Nebraska where she graduated from Uehling High School in Uehling, Nebraska. After graduating she met and married the love of her life, Jerry Robert Grunke. They just celebrated 54 years of marriage on June 3, 2016. In the early years of marriage, she had an in home daycare in Omaha, NE. After having their three girls, Mary and Jerry moved to Texas in 1976. Mary worked in the Oil & Gas industry until she retired in 2004.

Mary found joy in her love of sewing, growing plants, traveling and most of all spending time with her beloved family and friends. She was always known for such a kind and caring soul and giving to others. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Mildred Wiley, brothers John Wiley and wife Judy, Fred Wiley, Jr. and sister Carol Croghan and husband Donald. Mary is survived by her husband Jerry Grunke, daughters Rhonda Pavelka, Robin Jacobson and husband Dean and Cheryl Steinhauser. 

Grandchildren include Travis Pavelka and wife Brittany, Nickolas Pavelka, Amber Jacobson and fiancé Cody Shupak, Austin Jacobson and Brittney Steinhauser and great-grandchildren include Courtlynn Shupak and Destin Steinhauser. Also, former son-in-laws Kerry Pavelka and Michael Steinhauser. Siblings include Ken Wiley and wife Sonja, Jim Wiley and wife Mary Lou and Bonnie Wobken and husband Elwood.

Pallbearers are Travis Pavelka, Nickolas Pavelka, Austin Jacobson, Cody Shupak, Charlie Brown and Ralph Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Preschool or Trinity Lutheran Church @ 402 Atchison, Sealy, TX 77474 or Katy Wolfpack Special Olympics @ c/o Robin Judman, 22918 Governorshire Dr. Katy, TX 77450 with Mary Grunke.

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