Marjorie Wolfgram, 95, of Racine

Marjorie A. Wolfgram, 95, of rural Racine, died on Thursday, May 30, 2019, of natural causes, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Marjorie Ann Brownell was born on Feb. 3, 1924 to Howard and Helen (Doten) Brownell at her parent’s home in Racine Township of Mower County.

She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1942. She attended college during World War II at Stout Institute in Menominee, Wis.

She then taught home economics in Wisconsin for about a year.

She was married on Aug. 9, 1947, at Racine United Methodist Church to Duane W. Wolfgram.

Following their marriage the couple farmed together and raised their three children on the Wolfgram family farm. She was a homemaker and farm wife. Over the years, she also worked as a bookkeeper at the Racine Creamery and Racine Elevator. She also did alterations for Mestad’s Wedding World, and during her late 70’s and early 80’s she worked as a cook for Garden Cottage Assisted Living in.

She was a lifelong devoted member of the Racine United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for over 40 years. She was an active leader in the church, involved in women’s groups, choir and coordinated the Chicken Pie Supper event for many years. She was an expert seamstress and able to easily tackle the most challenging tailored projects. She shared her talents of sewing with her daughters, granddaughters and 4-H youth.

She was a 4-H leader in Mower County from the 1950’s to the 1980’s with the Racine Rockets 4-H Club. She appreciated fine art, beautiful music, drama, history, the color red, travel and lively religious and political debates. Her pie making skills were legendary. She was an avid reader and always liked to have a box of chocolate or nuts squirreled away on a back shelf. She never hesitated to ride carnival rides and even rode a camel during a trip to the Holy Land. She was an adventure seeking person, with an infectious giggle who enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice (Kevin) Carr of Zumbrota and Ann (Doug) Gihl of Ramsey; one son, Brian (Sandy) Wolfgram of rural Racine; six grandchildren, Sheila Carr (Dr. Anil Poulose), Dr. Melissa (Matt) Eisenschenk, Jeremy (Rebecca) Carr, Isaac (Alissa) Wolfgram, Sarah Gihl and Bridget Gihl; 10 great-grandchildren, Zera, Olive, Judah, Cedar, Sebastian, Mae, Bea, Lincoln, Emma and Autumn; three sisters, Olive Goodrich of Menomonie, Wis., Dorothy (Jim) Olds of Platteville, Wis., and Marilyn Brownell of New York, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane on May 13, 1982 and two brothers, Melvin Brownell and Wayne Brownell.

The funeral service for her will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Racine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bridget Sheely officiating. Burial will follow at Racine Salem Cemetery in Racine Township. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

Condolences and memories of her are welcome at