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Carol Ann Gray

Carol Ann Gray, 88, of Sister Bay, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2024 at Serenity Spring Senior Living at Scandia Village in Sister Bay from recent health complications. She was born January 23, 1936 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Roman A. and Elenora E. (Bierbaum) Niedzwiecki. Carol’s family moved to Rhinelander, and she attended one of the local Catholic churches. Carol graduated from Rhinelander High School and went on to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee to become a dental assistant. She was united in marriage to Edward John Gray on February 17, 1979. Together, they resided and farmed on Little Marsh Road in the Town of Gibraltar. Carol worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Jon Kordon DDS Dentistry in Sister Bay for many years, and through that time, was blessed to have made many cherished, lifelong friendships. She had a great love for her Catholic faith and was a longtime member of Stella Maris Parish, initially at St. Mary's of the Lake in Baileys Harbor (now Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site) with Edward and then St. Rosalia in Sister Bay after his passing. Carol volunteered with the Ladies Sodality at both parishes and served as an usher at St. Rosalia. She had many hobbies, including knitting, painting, learning to play the organ, gardening, and playing her favorite card game, Canasta. Carol loved the summertime and enjoyed sitting outside and watching her dogs in the backyard with a glass of wine. Summer Sundays quickly became one of her favorite days, when she would join her nephew, Mike, and his family on the boat. Carol and Edward were blessed with over 25 years of marriage. Edward preceded her in death on August 31, 1991. In her last years, Carol resided at the Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She will be missed by her brother, David (Geraldine) Niedzwiecki of Baileys Harbor, and his three children, Michael (Stacy), Mary, and Robert (Rhonda); great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Edward Gray; siblings-in-law, Irene Elkin, Harold (Ruth) Gray, Dolores (Urban "Bud") Flok, and Evelyn (Francis) Ehlers; and other relatives. Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 at Stella Maris Parish-Baileys Harbor site, 8013 State Highway 57, with Fr. Thomas Farrell as celebrant. Carol will be laid to rest in the church cemetery, St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery, beside her husband, Edward. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. “Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Scand as well as Unity Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Carol.” Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Carol may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

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