Carleen M. Grandon
Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 8/19/2020 at 20:32:48
Carleen M. Grandon left this Earth as she did most occasions — with grace and an indelible impression on the many who knew and met her. She passed quietly on Aug. 17 in her Meth-Wick Community at age 87. She remains in our memories as a grand person, a woman of substance, who will be dearly missed.
Carleen began her life in the small town of Joice, Iowa, followed by college and love in Iowa City, and ending in the city she loved, Cedar Rapids. Throughout her life, she cherished the company of friends and family and all the conversation, food, laughter, and occasional chaos that went with it. She loved a good argument and excelled in witty repartee. Carleen's unique charisma, equal parts Iowa sensibility and cosmopolitan style, set her apart. She was rarified with a genuine interest in people (and pets) and the lives they lead.
Carleen had a lifetime love of literature; she read everything. Sitting on a beach with toes in the sand and a good read was a perfect day. She never stopped learning and shared her knowledge as an instructor of nursing and literature. She enjoyed music, especially through opera, the piano, and singing with choirs and family in her baritone voice. She masterminded a myriad of social events just for the joy of bringing others together.
To all who know her, Carleen is remembered as a philanthropist and patron. She put desire into action through the Carleen and Eugene Grandon Charitable Foundation and support for the Cedar Rapids Opera and Threatre Cedar Rapids. She was a longtime member of the Cedar Rapids Country Club and former board member of the Hall Foundation.
Carleen is fondly remembered by four generations: sister, Ellen Lou Anderson; six nieces, three nephews, and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Eugene Grandon; father, Carl Granskou; mother, Mandy; brother, Layne; and special friend, the Hon. Edward (Nick) McManus.
A private service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Carleen wishes that any memorial be a donation to your favorite charity. The family wishes that you raise a toast to Carleen at your next gathering.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.
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