Jacquelyn Ann (Christensen) Granum

February 4, 1925 ~ May 26, 2018 (age 93)

Jacquelyn Ann Granum, 93, of Alpena passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Turning Brook.

Jacquelyn Ann Christensen was born in Amery, Wisconsin to the late Vincent and Jennie (Burman) Christensen on February 4, 1925.  Jacquie, as did Bob, her future husband, attended the Amery elementary and high school where she excelled in academics, athletics (tennis and golf) and was the Amery High School drum majorette her senior year.  She married Robert M. Granum on August 18, 1944.  She attended a nursing college in St. Paul while Bob, who graduated one year ahead of her, was pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.   Jacquie and Bob had their educations temporarily interrupted while Bob fulfilled his Navy ROTC requirements of service in the United States Navy during WWII.  Later when they returned to Minneapolis, Jacquie and Bob, by then two sons (Bob II and Greg), Jacquie working at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Bob was offered a position as a research assistant with Professor Lund as his mentor.  This evolved into the exciting opportunity for the young couple to move to Pilot Rock, Oregon.  Jacquie’s life soon evolved into becoming a full-time mom and homemaker putting in more than the same 70-hour work weeks of her husband.  Jacquie was, by all accounts, a fabulous copartner as Bob pursued his business interests at an early age.  They moved to Alpena, a town of 15,000 or so and about five times the size of Amery.  They loved each equally.  In 1957, with their two sons, Robert and Greg, they moved to Alpena as part of the management team which initiated the startup of the Abitibi Plant.  After a short time away, they returned to the town they loved and where they had raised their family to establish Panel Processing.  Jacquie and Bob regarded their experience of living in both Amery and Alpena as one of their greatest blessings and were happy to be able to give something back to the communities in return.  The communities have benefited in many ways from the philanthropy of Mr. and Mrs. Granum.  These would include the Robert and Jacquelyn Granum Theatre in the Center Building at Alpena Community College and the many charitable trusts they have established for the benefit of both Amery and Alpena communities.  Bob preceded her in death on September 2, 2003.  Mrs. Granum was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Mrs. Granum is survived by two sons, Robert M. (Katy) Granum, II, Gregory Granum; 7 grandchildren, Kierstin (Brent) Bramwell, Bryan (Kelli) Granum, Brett (Shauntelle) Granum, Geoffrey (Jen) Granum, Lisa Granum, Chris (Ashley) Granum, Gregory Granum; and 13 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Granum was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Jean Corty and Gloria Griffin.

Visitation will take place at the Bannan Funeral Home on Thursday, May 31 from 4 – 8 p.m. and will continue Friday, June 1, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Paul Lance officiating.

Inurnment: Amery Cemetery in Amery, Wisconsin

Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Michigan or American Cancer Society in Mrs. Granum’s name.



Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280

American Cancer Society
1480 W. Center Road, Suite 1, Essexville MI 48732