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Harry Gramdorf

1923 - 2008


Harry H. Gramdorf, 85, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at Golden Living Center-Watertown.


Harry was born on Aug. 6, 1923, in the town of Shields, son of Arnold and Esther (Tews) Gramdorf.  He was a 1941 graduate of Watertown High School.  He married Ruth Roth on Sept. 15, 1946, at Wesley Methodist Church in Watertown.


Harry was a tool and die maker for Wisconsin Porcelain Co. in Sun Prairie, retiring in 1993.  Harry was a member of Door Creek Evangelical Free Church in Madison.  He loved gardening, leather crafting, woodworking and playing guitar.


Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gramdorf of Watertown; a daughter, Marilyn Gramdorf of Madison; a son, Darrell (Debbie) Gramdorf of Waukesha; three granddaughters, Rachel, Rebecca and Hannah Gramdorf; two sisters, Arlene Gramdorf of Watertown and Shirley (Dean) Freson of Watertown; also a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bernice Bothum and Donna Mae Freson; and a brother, Dean Gramdorf.


Memorials to the family would be appreciated.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Calvin Steiner officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.


Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Thursday until the time of service at the funeral home.


Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at


The family extends a special thank you to Golden Living Center for the loving and tender care given to Harry.




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