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Lois (Kiaunis, Franck) Grotenrath

1934 - 2021


Lois Grotenrath (Kiaunis) (Franck), age 86 of Cedar Springs formerly of Marne, passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021. She was born in Big Rapids, MI to the late Otto and Flossie (Carlton) Franck. Lois was a graduate of Big Rapids High School and the Butterworth School of Nursing where she earned her RN Degree. She worked at Ferguson and Kent Community Hospitals in Grand Rapids. Lois loved her God, her family and was a devoted Tigers Fan. She passed away on the Tigers opening day. She was devoted to her family and friends and always had a kind word for everyone she met. In addition to her parents Lois was preceded in death by her first husband Norbert Kiaunis and her sisters, Marianna Waldron, Marge Meador and Joanne Waldron. She is survived by her husband, John “Jack” Grotenrath; children, Michael (Cindy) Kiaunis, Daniel Kiaunis and Micki, Mary (Brent) Bradford and William (Michelle) Kiaunis; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren with another to arrive soon; stepchildren, Doug (Judy) Grotenrath, Don (Deb) Grotenrath, Cindy Takus, John (Frieda) Grotenrath and Jim Grotenrath and Ally; many step grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Jim Franck; sister, Sally Gibson; many nieces and nephews. There will be a Private Family Service with Interment at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery next to her husband Norbert Kiaunis. A Life Celebration Gathering open house will be held in the summer to celebrate Lois’s life with family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Caribbean Children’s Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Jenison, MI 49429. Online condolences may be left on her Tribute Wall at www.throopfh.com.

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Russ and Chris Visner

April 9, 2021 11:35 AM

What a wonderful... and fun. lady Lois was. We will always remember her getting on the SeaDoo at our cottage on Lake Michigan and going for a spin at age 75. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to her family and to Third and his family. We look forward to gathering this summer to celebrate her life.
Russ and Chris Visner

Ed & Vicki Wilson

April 5, 2021 10:20 PM

Grace and Peace to Jack and the Grotenrath, Kiaunis and Franck families who knew and treasured Lois. She was a neighbor who never missed an opportunity to walk the neighborhood even with both canes, attend neighborhood events or exchange greetings. Never without a smile and a kind word, She was a delight and will be missed. May a peace that passes understanding comfort you as you mourn her and celebrate her life. Ed & Vicki Wilson

Mary Kay (Thome-Shaw) and Chris Shaw

April 5, 2021 6:00 PM

Lois - always a ray of sunshine and full of love for all who crossed her path.  May all the Lois memories fill your minds, warm your hearts and lead you through this difficult time.  She will live on forever and will be smiling this summer when you honor her through your celebration of life extravaganza!  RIP Lois.  You are missed.  Our deepest sympathies.   

Deb fitzpatrick

April 5, 2021 4:54 PM

Mary, I am so very sad to hear of mother Lois's passing. I remember visiting her at kent community. She was the sassy sweet lady who birthed a sassy sweet daughter. I am so sad for your loss, but excited that Lois had easter with jesus. What a celebration that must have been!! 

Dan & Christina Grotenrath

April 3, 2021 11:09 AM

Lois was such a special woman. Her legacy will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathies go out to all her family, loved ones, and friends.
Dan & Christina Grotenrath

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