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Pauline Laurich Cram
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1914, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 2009
Big Bay
Marquette County
Michigan, USA

HUNGRY HOLLOW, BIG BAY - Pauline L. Cram, 95, former Hungry Hollow, Big Bay resident, entered eternal life Tuesday evening, Nov. 3, 2009, at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Born July 30, 1914, in Boniface, a daughter of John and Fredericka (Tauses) Laurich, Pauline was raised in Big Bay on the family farm. She left school and went to work for the Kaufman Family at Loma Farms. She later moved to Marquette where she and her future sister-in-law, Esther Manner, were employed as waitresses in downtown Marquette. Pauline then managed the bar at the Halfway Location where she met her future husband, Hiram Cram. The couple were married on Sept. 28, 1940, at St. Mary's Church in Big Bay. They resided at the Halfway Location for a time before moving to Hungry Hollow in Big Bay where their home was affectionately known as "the farm."

The majority of Pauline's life was spent as a homemaker, she and Hiram raising nine children. In 1951, Pauline entered the business world, owning and operating Cram's General Store for seven years until its closure. Hiram then built Pauline a drive-in restaurant in Big Bay. The drive-in had a large parking lot and many youth and adults used it as a major "turn around" over the years. During the same time, Hiram operated the family saw mill. Following Hiram's death in 1963, Pauline continued operating a restaurant in the former store, selling homemade pasties, pies, etc. She loved cooking and serving the public. In 1968, she moved to Marquette where she purchased a home on Arch Street and her daughter, Fritzi operated Dawn's Beauty Salon out of the front of the house. Not one to remain idle, Pauline became a housemother to the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, cleaning and cooking for "her boys" for several years. They never had it so good and many in the fraternity kept in touch with her throughout the years. Pauline was affectionately known as "Gram Cram" by many individuals whose lives she touched. In 1969, Pauline purchased another home on Front Street and took in teenage foster girls, giving them a place to stay, good home cooking, and dispensing guidance as she did with her own children and grandchildren. The home later became a residence for her son Joe's family. Pauline then lived independently for many years before going to live with her son Hiram. She later moved to Cherry Creek Village in Harvey and then resided with her daughter, Pam and husband, Bill, in Big Bay before moving to Norlite. In "retirement" she kept herself busy by serving as housekeeper and cook for various priests, including Fr. Lawrence Gauthier, Fr. Guy Thoren, and fill-in housekeeper for Monsignor Louis Cappo.

Pauline retired at age 85, but continued to volunteer her culinary services for dinners at St. Louis the King Church. An accomplished cook, Pauline enjoyed the homemaking tasks of sewing, knitting and crocheting. She was heavily involved in the lives of her grandchildren, caring for them, baking birthday cakes, offering advice, and challenging them with cribbage games. Having learned the recipe from her father-in-law, Pauline was the founder of "Grandma Salve" which was originally produced in her kitchen and is now marketed commercially. Often seen in one of her trademark hats, a collection she compiled over the years, Pauline was also known for one of her signature dishes, a chicken and homemade noodle dish, which was a favorite part of family gatherings and other occasions. Pauline was a woman of faith who put her faith into action helping others. She was a true servant to others and many benefited from her prayers and practical assistance. Very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pauline prayed her rosary daily, offering her prayers for the needs of family and friends. While her children were at home, Pauline led the family rosary every evening at 6 p.m. Pauline was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Bay and the church altar society, and currently a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey and their altar society. She was also a past school board member of the Powell Township School and the Bishop Baraga High School.

A loving and devoted mother, proud grandparent and sister, Pauline is survived by her children, Hiram Cram of Big Bay, Mary (Bert Bowers) Cram of Marquette, Jack Cram of Polson, Mont., Nora Cardinal of Escanaba, Fritzi (Rick) Deichelbor of Las Vegas, N.V., Nancy (Tim) Streett of Baltimore, Md., Pam (William) Bowers and Joe (Kathy) Cram both of Big Bay, and Joyce Cram of Cedarville; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; her sister, Christine (Gene) LaChappelle of Big Bay; a brother, Louis (Sharon) Laurich of Marquette; sisters-in-law Esther Laurich of Marquette, Hazel Laurich of Lansing, and Peggy Laurich of Iron Mountain; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Hiram, Pauline was preceded in death by three sons-in-law, James Cardinal, Ronald Blackstock and Jack Weaver; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Joe Mohar, Frances and Joe Tolland; brothers Lud, Frank and Charlie Laurich; and brothers and sister-in-law, Joe and Katherine Laurich and Robert and Hazel Laurich.

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey on Saturday, Nov. 7 beginning at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at noon Saturday with the Rev. Ben Paris and the Rev. Lawrence Gauthier. The Most Rev. James Garland, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette will be in attendance.

Pauline's grandchildren will serve as her escorts.

A reception will follow in Fr. Gauthier Hall. Graveside services will be held at the Powell Township Cemetery in Big Bay at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big Bay, St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey, or the Patient Activity Fund at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Pauline taught by example and lived what she believed - a life well lived. Requiescat in pace.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Hiram Cram (1905 - 1963)
 
Burial:
Big Bay Cemetery
Big Bay
Marquette County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Lot 55
 
Maintained by: Paula Cram Essmeier
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Record added: Mar 14, 2009
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Pauline <i>Laurich</i> Cram
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