Dolores “Dee” Grams, age 88, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Monday, October 12, 2020.

She was born August 4, 1932, in Aurora, to loving parents, Edmund and Rita Schindel.

Dee grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Following her graduation from high school, Dee was employed at Northern Illinois Gas, State Farm Insurance and volunteered many years at the Gift Shop at Copley Hospital, several of them as manager.

She was united in marriage to Edward Grams on January 9, 1954.

Dee’s heart was all about giving. She cared for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attended their many varied events. She was passionate about horses, dogs, baking, ice cream and milkshakes and never met an ice cream cone she didn’t like. Dee made many a trip to the Hallmark Store every holiday season and purchased ornaments for her loved ones, and her deft hands lovingly made fleece tie blankets for her family members to cherish. She was currently in the process of making one for a recently engaged granddaughter. Her home baked goods tantalized the taste buds of both her family and friends and never disappointed. In her younger years, Dee traveled with the “Elite Eight” golf group and spent time with friends in Florida. Dee was never one to sit idle, but when she was, you could be sure she was in her backyard pool or lakeside at Assembly Park in Delavan or, for the last 30 years, at Lake Geneva with a cold beer or daiquiris in hand. All of the memories she made became the legacy she left behind as a treasure to enjoy for generations.

She leaves her loving husband Edward and puppy dog Louie; two sons: Mark (Sandy) Grams and Jay (Kristi) Grams; twelve grandchildren: Leslie (Dan) Kipper, Erin (Danny) Lorange, Melissa (Aaron) White, Andrea (Jeremy) Bilskey, Matt, Robert, Adam, Sarah, Emily, Abby, Daniel and Tyler Grams; six great-grandchildren: Sophia Parisi, Jarad Kipper, Sydney, Taylor and Skylar White, and Jackson Bilskey. Five siblings: Rita Smith, Edmund (Emma) Schindel, Robert (Fran) Schindel, Richard (Susan) Schindel and Linda Moore; two daughters -in-law: Ruth Grams and Tammy Grams; many nieces, nephews and a countryside full of friends.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Rita Schindel; two sons: Brad and Gary Grams; two sisters, Marion Todd and Kathy Williams and her beloved dog Pepper.  

A Mass to celebrate her faith will begin at 10:30  a.m., Monday, October 19, 2020 at St. Gall Catholic Church, 43W885 Hughes Road, Elburn, IL 60119. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be sent in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631. Tributes may also be forwarded to the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at

7 thoughts on “DOLORES “Dee” GRAMS

  1. Ed and family,
    Dee was a special lady, loved by all. As my God Mother, especially dear to me. My condolences to you and your family.

  2. So sorry for your loss Eddie and family. Dee came to the beauty shop I work at for years.What a lovely person she was. We had a few conversations on dealing with husbands! What a memory that will be for me. May Dee smile down on all of us, she has escaped this crazy world we live in and landed on a cloud of peace and joy.

    BLESSINGS TO ALL FAMILY n FRIENDS who just Loved Her ❤ Daddy is thinking… ED SCHINDEL… I DONT KNOW WHAT..
    – Cynthia Marie

  4. Remembering this wonderful lady with fond family memories and gatherings
    Blessings and prayers to the
    Whole family for continued peace, faith and trust 🙏🏻💕
    Don and Penny

  5. So many wonderful just delightful summers with my Grams cousins!
    Aunt Dee and Uncle Eddie were so warm and kind . Thank you for your love 💕.

  6. Prayers to the family and may Dee Rest In Peace. Dee was one of the first neighbors I met when she lived on Marion and I over the back fence on Sexton. She was always fun to talk to as we discussed the goings on in the neighborhood. Fun to watch the family play around in the pool and the basketball games were a hoot! I always envied her tan as all I did was burn and freckle! Good memories of the family will always be remembered as I walk to the garage. Amen.

  7. While I am sad to not share in your grief Jay and Kristi, I am glad Mike is there to help remember this sweet lady. I will always be thankful to Dee for taking great care of my husband when he was just her son’s friend. Thank her for making sure he got some home cooked meals, and he knew there was always a place for him at the table. I will always remember Dee’s joy at watching all Jay’s and Mike’s kids play at the lake and always taking an interest in what our family was up to. Rest in peace, Dee. – Sharon

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