ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Mary Ann Giffrow, of Stanchfield, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. She was 71 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.
Mary Ann Giffrow or as most of us know her “”Mama G” was brought into this world by Roy & Alma (Kleven) Eliason of Braham Minnesota on October 22nd 1943 at the Rush City hospital. She passed away suddenly on Saturday June 13th while doing one of her favorite things, watching the Quamba Cubs baseball team.
Mary Ann is survived by 3 siblings. 2 older brothers LaVern & Denny Eliason and her baby sister and lifelong best friend, Sherry Van Rooy,
She graduated from Braham High School in 1961, being very active in music, singing in the choir, playing in band and active in theatre. She inherited her love of music and dance from her mother Alma and her infectious laughter from her father Roy.
Mary Ann held many administrative jobs in her lifetime including; Dahlman Incorporated in Braham, East Central Soils in Cambridge, Pamida Pharmacy in Mora, and retiring from Allina Hospital in Cambridge. She married her high school sweetheart, Harvey Giffrow, in 1964 and together they started their family in Braham, eventually residing in Stanchfield having their 2 boys, Todd & Chad and daughter Holly.
If Mary Ann wasn’t camping, snowmobiling, fishing or two steppin’ with their close group of friends and families, she was riding her beautiful Arabian horse Monte in all the local town parades. She loved to play horseshoes, fact is she was really good at it, we could count on her to always be in the championship brackets – every time.
She is preceded in death by Harvey, whom lost his life to cancer in 1988. It was during this time that Mama G was the rock that held our family together and gave us the bond that we now know and cherish.
She was a 2nd mom to so many by giving a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or to celebrate good times. She took many of our friends and relatives under her wings, opening her heart and home, granting her the name Mama G.
A 1993 blind date that included a cup of coffee and a movie brought Mary Ann into a 22 year long relationship with her life partner and best friend Stan Peterson.
Mama G loved to travel with countless trips to Michigan & California to name a few. She loved her mother’s family tradition of cooking her annual lutefisk dinner. She also loved a good quote, elephants & antique shops; however, two of her most favorite things were singing with her family and watching her grandchildren in sports. Grandma G was especially proud of her grandkids counting 132 basketball games watched in just one season. She was their #1 fan.
Throughout her life, she was passionate about helping those around her. Volunteering her time to deliver meals on wheels, taking her friends who were less fortunate than her on their daily errands, and setting hair at a nursing home in Mora once a week. Not to mention being a taxi cab for her grandchildren and their friends and watching over her family when we needed her.
MaryAnn will be lovingly remembered by her longtime partner Stan and his family, her sons, Todd and Mary Giffrow, Chad and Julie Giffrow and her daughter Holly and Dan Bos. Brothers LaVern and Jean Eliason, Denny and Bev Eliason, and sister Sherry and Michael Van Rooy. Grandchildren Kelsey, Jordan, Hunter, Sierra, Hannah, Hailyn, Ashlynn. Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.