Irmalee E. Gray, formerly of Antigo, died Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Froedert Memorial Hospital in West Bend. She was 94 years old. She was born on July 30, 1925, in Pickerel, a daughter of Charles and Clara (Clark) Steinfest. In 1953 she married Henry Gray in Waukeegan, Illinois. He preceded her in death on November 22, 2007.
She was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 1943 and attended the vocational school in Antigo for two years.
As a young lady she moved to Chicago where she worked at Eversharp. Returning to Antigo, she was employed as a hairstylist at the Langlade Beauty Shop and the Mode for several years. She moved to Milwaukee where she owned and operated the Green Tree Beauty Shop for 15 years retiring in 1975. She moved to Pickerel in 1984 and to Antigo in 1992.
She was a member of the Nicolet Country Club in Laona and enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling and entertaining.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff (Linda) Gray, Oshkosh, Kurt (Rhonda ) Gray, Germantown; two step-sons, Neil (Pat) Gray, Antigo, Terry (Carol) Gray, New Berlin; three sisters, Gladys "Gee Dee" (Jim) Christie, California, Vyrl Olsson, California, Ardis Boling, Wyoming; a brother, Kenneth Steinfest, Deerbrook; eleven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Russell Gray; one grandson Adam Gray; a step-son, Ken Gray; two sisters, Katherine Schmiege and Geraldine Schneider; two brothers, Roman and Darryl Steinfest.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Zachary Weber officiating.
Visitation will be on Friday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services.
Memorials may be directed to the fund in support of Becky Hilger at CoVantage Credit Union.
Burial of cremains will take place in the spring at St. Wencel Catholic Cemetery, Neva.
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To the Gray family... I realize I haven't met with or spoke with any of you in quite some years(sssss) now, but I do still cherish very much a lot of memories of those day's, and do still hold them close my heart very fondly. I send you ALL my very deepest condolences over your loss of 'ol Irm. She was a truly special person, an excellent mother & grandmother, & great grandmother I'm sure as well. She had quite a zest for life and a spirit that you just don't recognize, but inside the very special few (people) that bring joy and a great positive loving energy strong enough enlighten the darkest of sky's, and sure to bring a cheerfulness and a smile to the downest of people's day's. I remember she invited me in & was nothing but completely welcoming, open-hearted, and warm with love from the very first time I ever met her, through her bestest AND awesomest, and favoritest of course, grand-daughter Natasha....who i know does, and always will, truly miss her perfect grandmother. My deepest sympathies and strongest energy go out to you Tasha, i know you very much loved your grandma Irm dearly, and you two were very close with eachother. I know your entire family truly loved Irm very dearly. I remember lot's of fun with Irm, always she brought out the joy, humor, dancing, love, and those damn dirty martinis! I have several quite fond memories of having a couple a those martinis with Irm....all beautiful memories and times, even when she laughed at me for not being "experienced enough" to keep up with her young spry self...brings a smile to my face often when i think back and recollect on times in my life. I know Irm has moved on to be with her man, and other family that have passed onto the heavens before her, and I have no doubt she is bringing joy and laughter and love to them now again as well. Irm was a truly special woman, lady, partner-in-crime, Mother, and leader as well. She is going to be missed often, no question. I hope all you will cherish her memory always, and smile & feel warm & feel loved when you do think of her, I feel Irmy wouldn't have it be felt any other type of way. Again, my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies go out to all your family. I hope you'll all go have a martini in Irm's honor & memory, and watch out after that one, ya get to three ya better have brought the dancing shoes with! I think Irm wouldn't have that any other way either. She will be greatly missed by a LOT of people, as I'm sure she managed to touch everyone's heart that she came in contact with, in some sort of special fashion, as only the greatest of people do in life.
Sincerely, Corey Martz
We're so sorry to hear of Irms passing. She was such a fun lady & a good friend to my parents. I'm sure you will all miss her! Thoughts and prayers are with you.
We're sorry to hear of Irms passing. She was such a fun person & a great friend to my parents. I'm sure you will all miss her. Thoughts & prayers from Gary & Jeanne Mattek Bohn.
We always enjoyed our visits with Irma and her family over the years. She truly will be missed
and never forgotten.
Holger Olsson Rodney Olsson
Erm was very special to me, many many fine memories ,will always have a spot in my heart, will love you always Erm.
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I am so sorry for your loss
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