Mary L. Gruba, 90, formerly of Stanley, died Friday, April 27,
2018 at the Clark County Health Care Center. She was born
on January 16, 1928 in Pardeeville, WI the daughter of the
late Thomas and Murial (Mathison) Matthews. She attended
school in Medford and she completed nursing training in Clark
County, Illinois and at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire. She met
returning World War II soldier Louis Gruba at a Duke Ellington
dance in Eau Claire and they were married on June 12, 1954
at St. Anne’s Catholic Church-Stanley.
She worked as an RN for Doctor Mathwig at his clinic and later
worked at Victory Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and
Victory Memorial Nursing Home.
Mary was an avid gardener, keeper of houseplants, bird
watcher, painter, cook, and occasional world traveler. In the
mid 1980's Mary traveled with her neighbor Helen Szatalowicz
to Europe and Russia before the “iron curtain” fell.
Mary loved libraries, collected many books, and also
subscribed to a slew of periodicals and newspapers to keep
up on politics and events. These prepared Mary for spirited
discussions with her husband. Despite their competing views
(and competing election signs) Mary kept a sense of humor
about it all. One day she took a brief cycle ride with former
Republican Senator Dave Zien.
She is survived by her children, Alan (Susan) Gruba of Fall
Creek, Ann (Gilbert) Lund of Thorp, Matt (Kim) Gruba of
Stanley and Carol Gruba (Mike Vidal) of Madison, 10
grandchildren, her sister, Carol Matthews of Biloxi, MS and two
brothers, Thomas (Joan) Matthews of Waunakee and Robert
(DelAnn) Matthews of Eau Claire. Mary is preceded in death
by her parents, her husband, Louis (1997), her brother
William and her sister Charlotte Weiland.
A Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, May 1,
2018 at the Plombon Funeral Home-Stanley with Rev. Laurie
Natzke officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Monday and one hour prior to
services Tuesday at the funeral home.