Gritzmaker, Lisa

Written by David Green.

Lisa Michelle Gritzmaker, 24, of Blissfield, Mich., died July 13, 2012. 

She was known as a loving wife and mother of two and was due to deliver her third child in September 2012. 

Lisa was a very giving person, always trying to help those around her. She loved volunteering her time and making donations to local charities.  She had an infectious laugh and smile that she was always able to share with anyone. She is also remembered as stubborn, strong-willed and opinionated.

Lisa’s hobbies included fishing, photography, playing games on the computer, going for motorcycle rides, gardening, bowling, dancing, attending hockey games and sending text messages to her friends. She enjoyed reading and loved the Twilight Series of books and movies.  She was an avid NASCAR fan and favored Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.  

Lisa is survived by two daughters, Alyssa, 5, and Autumn, 18 months; her husband of 18 months, Jacob; her mother, Robin (and David) McCowan; her father, Mark Burrow; one sister, Stephanie Burrow; a half-sister, Jessica (Burrow) (and Nate) Bugbee; and her grandmother, Marlene (and Bill) Burrow Cates.

She was preceded in death by her unborn daughter, Abigail Michelle Gritzmaker; sister Amy Merrill; grandfather Herschel “Papa” Burrow; and grandparents Florence and Herb Linke.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Blissfield Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating.  Private graveside services will follow at a later date. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Blissfield Baptist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made for the family and children through the Blissfield Baptist Church, 717 N. Monroe St, Blissfield, MI 49228.

  • Front.nok Hok
    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.leaves
    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
  • Front.band
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016