James Anthony Grady

HALFWAY LOCATION, MI. – James Anthony Grady, age 71, of the Halfway Location, Powell Township, entered eternal life Monday evening, July 22, 2013, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Jim had been in ill health for several years struggling with heart and kidney disease and had been on dialysis for the past seven years.

Born October 24, 1941 in Big Bay, a son of Martin and Florence (McKinney) Graleske, Jim was raised with a healthy respect for the great outdoors and all that it had to offer. Throughout the years, he did his fair share of hunting and fishing. He finished high school twice, first through the Adult Education Program and then through Marquette Senior High School because he wanted a regular high school diploma.

For over 16 years, Jim was employed at Perkins Park in Big Bay as a general laborer, a job he truly loved as it afforded him the opportunity to be outdoors and help make a beautiful park even more enjoyable for the public. He retired in 1999 due to ill health. Jim’s other outdoor pursuits included having a huge vegetable garden, which kept getting larger each year, with family constantly urging him not to go overboard.

There was always an abundance of produce, flowers, and trees in Jim’s yard. When not working out in nature, Jim could be found going for coffee and p laying cribbage with, and skunking, his close friend, Joanne Fortin.

Jim is survived by his wife, the former Donna Marie “Cookie” Carlstrom, whom he married April 2, 1966 in Marquette; his children, Tina M. (Paul) Fortin of Halfway Location, Anthony James (Debbie Graves) Grady of Christmas, Martin W. Grady and Wendy Sue “Susie” Grady both of Halfway Location; his grandchildren, Ashley and Krista Fortin of Halfway Location and Casey Jo Emmanuelson Grady of Negaunee; sisters, Donna Hamilton and Rosemary (Bob) Wilson; sisters-in-law, Kay Grady of Marquette and Marsha Grady of Cass City; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by sisters, Virginia and Avis Grady; and brothers, Kenneth, Raymond “Buck”, and Frederick Grady.

Honoring Jim’s request, no public services will be held. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

It is requested that flowers be omitted.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed at fassbender funeralhome.com