Born in 1920, in Green Creek, she was one of six children born to John and Elizabeth (Schumacher) Grunloh. Before entering religious life, she was a member of St. Mary Help of Christian Parish in Green Creek. She attended Green Creek Grade School, Sigel High School and Teutopolis High School. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, and received a bachelor's degree in Latin from the College of St. Francis, Joliet. She has a master's degree in Latin from DePaul University, Chicago, and a master's degree in counseling from Illinois State University, Normal.
For 33 years Sister Marie ministered at St. Francis Academy where she taught Latin and served as moderator of the Sodality. Sister Marie also ministered for 28 years at the Center for Correctional Concerns as assistant director and instructor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Andrew, Father Donatus, OFM, and Father Melvin, OFM and her sister, Cecilia Sandschafer. Her sister, Agnes Brummer, resides in Dieterich. She is survived also by her brothers-in-law, Clem Sandschafer and Clete Brummer and sister-in-law Dolores Grunloh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Sister Marie were held in Joliet with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville. A memorial Mass was held Oct. 27 at St. Aloysius Parish in Dieterich, followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, 1433 Essington Road, Joliet, IL 60435.
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet, was in charge of arrangements.