Olga M. Grater, 92, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2016, at her daughter's home in Fairfield Glade, TN. She was born on July 1, 1923, in West Allis, WI. She was married on Feb. 28, 1948, to the late Harry B. Wojciechowski for 32 years. She moved to Florida eight years later to take care of a sister-in-law, Anne, and met her second husband and married on Dec. 5, 1988, to the late Richard R. Grater.
She enjoyed sewing, knitting, golfing, playing cards, collecting pictures, baking and dominoes but most of all her family. She also was a dedicated nanny for several years to Nicholas DiUllo and Emily (Davey). Her family played an important part during her entire life, keeping them happy and together. Whether it was a family vacation or just being at home, she was the soul of her home.
She cherished her eight children, Salli and Ed Lemke where she made her home in Tennessee, Frank, Perry (Melanie) and Bruce Wojciechowski from Crossville, TN, and daughters Holly (Dave) Martin, Tammy (Jerry) Dwyer, Cheri (Gene) Bliss and Lynn (Tom) Budd; grandchildren, Alexis, Chris, Justin, Max, Roxanne, Steffani, Frankie, Douglas, Aaron, Derek, Alissa and Josh; and 14 great grandchildren.
And the light of her life was her cat, Bailey, that she loved. Most of all she cherished her Catholic faith. She was blessed with a very caring giving heart.
Olga was preceded by her parents, Harry Tomasyick and Catherine (nee Granatofska) and eight siblings.
Memorial donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice, Cookeville, TN.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the chaplain of hospice, Barry Boggs. Also to Gentiva Hospice for their loving support and care through this journey and special caregivers, Erica and Jenni.
Also to her earthly angels that were with her during her journey to heaven, Kay, Sue Ann, Kathi, Joni, Roxanne, Elaine, Barb, Rolf & Sharon and Ed & Sal.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home, 76 E. Adams St., Crossville, TN. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m.
My Mother, My Angel...
By Sue Ann Hilliard
Once upon a time an angel held my hand,
She wiped away my tears and helped me understand.
Our time on earth is brief, there's lessons to be learned.
Each precious day God gives us another page is turned.
Every chapter full of memories, times of joys and tears
Angels come in many forms,
For me, it was my Mother
God called her to her Heavenly home, part of His great plan.
Although it may be hard, we all must understand.
Faith is what we hoped for, things we cannot see,
Heaven is promised to all of us, if we only believe.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on May 2, 2016