Clarisse Marie 'Carrie' (Grasser) Voza
Voza (Grasser), Clarisse Marie Age 96 of Zimmerman, MN, (formerly Bloomington, MN) passed away November 19, 2021. Carrie was born on May 7, 1925 to parents Philip and Anna Grasser in Olivia, MN. She moved to Minneapolis at age 18 after her Olivia high school graduation in 1943. She lived in a beautiful women's boarding house on LaSalle Ave in Minneapolis. Two years later, her sister Pat would join her at that boarding house after her own graduation. They were best friends all their lives. Carrie had many interesting jobs in her early adulthood, including the Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant. Her favorite job was her last one, working for the Bloomington Police Department as their telephone operator for their help line. Carrie met the love of her life in 1950 on a blind date set up by friends. Albert G. Voza was from Jersey City, NJ, attending architectural school at the University of Minnesota on the GI Bill. On March 31, 1951 Carrie and Al were married at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. They had 5 children and 63 happily married years together before Al passed away in April, 2014. They lived on Vincent Avenue in Bloomington where their neighbors were their friends. They enjoyed playing bridge and cribbage with the neighbors, having many parties together and birthday celebrations. Their neighborhood Halloween parties and their New Year's Eve parties were the stuff of legend. Corny, clean fun was their way of doing parties. Carrie and her sister Pat also had a group of ten women friends who went once a year for many, many years to a lake house for fun, food, laughs, cards, golf (not Carrie) and pontoon rides. Carrie loved reading non-fiction biographies and autobiographies, writing yearly Christmas letters for many years, and she wrote two booklets of her family ancestry and history. Carrie also loved her sweets - dessert after every meal for her! Bacon, butter, bread and peanut butter were her other staples. Carrie was often known for mispronouncing a LOT of words, which didn't bother her one bit, but confused and amused those around her. She loved spic-and-span neatness, organization, kindness, and always seeing the good in others. At age 85, Carrie and Al bought and moved into a senior condo in Bloomington only 6 blocks from their beloved home. After Al passed away Carrie lived in The Glenn in Hopkins where her sister Pat also lived on the same floor. A fracture in Carrie's neck and a separate one in her lower back were adversities she faced bravely in her 90's. Her last year and four months she lived with her daughter, Katie and family. Carrie will be remembered as a beautiful wife to Al, a wonderful Mom, a loving Grandma and Great- Grandma, and also for her faith in God, her devotion to her Catholic church and her love of family, friends and relatives. She will be cherished in our hearts forever. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 Preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Anna, her husband Al, her sisters, Elaine, Phyllis, Jeanne, and her brother Don. Carrie is survived by her five children: Fred (Lina), Connie (John) Turnbull, Mike (Chris), John (Lisa) and Katie (Brent) Bowers, several nieces and nephews, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, plus two more on the way. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Richard, 7540 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Luncheon following the Mass. Memorials preferred to your favorite charity. GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088
Published on November 28, 2021
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