MARY ANN GIFFROW

ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM

M. Giffrow webphotoMary 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.

14 guestbook entries for MARY ANN GIFFROW

  1. Red Fredrickson June 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    I,m very sad to see that little Mary Ann has left us. I really enjoyed seeing her . She was so kind and uplifting .She just loved to kid around .It was liks she brought sunshine with her where ever she was .So as I always said to her before , Take care beautiful . I will miss you

  2. Ruth Hagfors June 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May you find strength in the Lord and allow Him to comfort you. Cherish your memories.

  3. Marion Larson June 16, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    My deepest sympathy to you all. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her. Her smile was so contagious.

    Marion L.

  4. Clyde & Kathryn Kleven June 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    We to have reconnected with Mary Ann and so sad to lose her so soon. We will remember the time we spent with her. Our condolences to Stan and all the family.

  5. Steve & Julie Gustafson June 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Our sincere sympathies! I always loved running into Mary Ann at different community events. She was so genuine, funny, and “real”. She will be missed by many! May God grant your hearts peace in knowing others care!

  6. Debbie & John Singh June 18, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Stanchfield will never be the same without Mary Ann’s hearfelt greeting, “Well, Hi, neighbor”! She wore her love for family on her sleeve and you could tell, they were her greatest blessing. May we all carry that much sunshine and joy into each day.

  7. Marie Grundberg June 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

    Dear Holly and family:

    My heart goes out to you and your family for the sad loss of your mother, Mary Ann. She was a dear friend of mine and I will miss her greatly. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  8. Polly and Don Grossbach June 23, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Mary Ann will be missed by so many. She brought a smile to my face every time I saw her. It is so wonderful that you have so many great memories. Cherish them. I have found that you never stop missing wonderful parents, but the great memories and love are a blessing! Our sympathy to your whole family.

  9. Cathy Juntti Skalicky June 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    I knew Mary Ann and Harvey many years ago. Also lived in Stanchfield and lived with Leona in the old Stanchfield school house made into apartments. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. God Bless You!
    Cathy

  10. Michelle Greenwalt June 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Mama G was an amazing woman and raised an amazing family. My heart goes out to all of her loved ones.

  11. Kelly and Laura Constenius June 24, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    Whenever I would see Mary Ann, she always had a smile on her face. She sure seemed to enjoy life! Sorry for the family and friends who are hurting. May you find peace in the memories you have and strength in each other through this difficult time.

  12. Pierson Family June 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Sympathy to Mary Ann’s family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Hilderd, kay Pierson and Family

  13. Bergren Family June 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    So sad to hear about the loss of Grandma G Giffrow’s. She will be missed. She now is giving it to them in God’s gym.

    Don, Beth, Jacob and Brittany.

  14. Cathy Dial (LafontIne) June 27, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Stan, Todd, Chad, Holly and families

    Sorry I could not come and celebrate your moms life with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you today.

    She was one awesome lady with a very contagious smile and laugh that I will never forget.

    Now you all have another beautiful angel to look over you and keep you safe.

    Cathy Dial

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