In Memory of

Tracy Jo Gravenish

October 24, 1959 - November 24, 2017
Tracy Jo Gravenish, 58, of Cherokee, Iowa passed away on November 24, 2017 Born October 24, 1959 in Sioux City, Iowa, she was the daughter of Rodney and Margaret (Roepke) Maffin. Tracy graduated in 1978 at Cherokee Washington High School. She was united in marriage to Duane Gravenish, September 25, 1981. Together they had four children. Tracy worked at Cherokee Mental Health Institute, Bills Bottles and Cans and at the local hotel. Tracy is survived by three sons; Brady Gravenish and his wife Tessa, Lucas Gravenish and his wife Jennifer, Mitchell Gravenish, and a daughter, Katie Gravenish. Seven grandchildren; Gavin, Gabriel, Elyssa, Bella, Miles, Lane, and Charles. Two sisters; Jill Dushinske and husband John of Sandy, Utah, Linn Hayden and husband Mike from Ankeny, Iowa, and a brother, Dan Maffin of Seward, Nebraska, and many nieces and nephews. Tracy is preceded in death by her parents, Rodney and Margaret Maffin. Tracy was a master cook in the kitchen, she did not need a recipe to make a bountiful masterpiece. She was loved by many and loved many in return. Tracy would help anyone with anything and she always had a smile on her face. Tracy had a fierce unconditional love for her children, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more proud of her children then she was. Tracy had a love for life, loved to be outside, and traveled a lot with her family and friends. Tracy was one in a million; a Mom, a grandma, a friend, and a second Mom to many. She will be missed.
A celebration of Tracy's life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Spring Lake Yacht Club in Cherokee. Please join the family for a time of food, fellowship, and sharing of memories honoring Tracy's life.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the funeral home.
"Amazing Grace" "Spirit In The Sky"
Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.


Friday, December 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although I hadn't seen Tracy for so very long, the memory of her bright spirit was with me often. I'll always remember her smile and laughter when all the Maffin cousins would get together. Thank you Tracy for all the joy you brought to us all.”
- Neil Maffin
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family”
- Tim Mason
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy for the family. Tracy and I had a lot of good times, from basketball camp and playing basketball, to slumber parties and a brief time living together after high school. She was a beaming light to everyone that knew her! Tracy will be greatly missed, rest in paradise my friend, you have earned your you”
- Kris File
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We are so saddened by hearing of Tracy's passing. She was one of the sweetest and warmest people we have ever met. We never saw her without that beautiful smile! Remember, she is still smiling on all of you from heaven. RIP Sweet Tracy”
- Bob & Ginny Manning
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“well it was a sad day when Sherily Peterson called me in Indiana to tell me about Tracy passen away. I loved that lady, she was warm,full of joy, always smiling,except when yelling at one of her kids, Hey Brady get the dog, Hey Luke mow the yard, Hey Katie Joe pick up your bike, and Hey Mitch wake up! Yes I lived acrossed the East Cedar House, with my daughter RaShawne who is up there with Tracy showing her around. She'll never be missed because she's in our hearts. God Bless the Gravenish Family.”
- Marvin J. Good
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. Heaven gained another Angel, May you play the trumpets loudly and sit on the right side of the Father. You will be missed by many. Fly freely, God Bless.
- George B Powell , Jr.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with all of you. Rest In Peace Tracy.”
- Terri(Urban)Nelson
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathies to the family of Tracy Maffin-Gravenish during this difficult time. Some of my best memories of Tracy were during our middle school days when we went to confirmation classes together at Trinity Lutheran Church. We did endless youth events together and shared sleepovers at each other's home. I remember her contagious laugh and her endless energy....and of course that white/blonde hair. May she rest in peace and feel the heavenly joy of being 'soul to soul' with her parents again. ”
- Colleen (Frank) Sengpiel
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Rest In Peace, Tracy!

Rest In Peace, Tracy!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My heart is so heavy with sadness. Tracy was my buddy cousin. Some of my best memories of growing up are times spent at Uncle Rodney and Aunt Margarets house for the holidays. Tracy and I are close in age and we always spent our time playing together and causing mischief. My sincerest condolences for you and the family in her loss. Prayers for peace in your hearts and know that God has just received his special Tracy.”
- Kelli Maffin Parker
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. I had known her as long as I can remember. From playing flag football behind the Lutheran Church as kids to having our kids in class together at school. May you all find peace and comfort as you mourn the loss. ”
- Hope McCollam
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Your mom was most definitely of a kind... Always a smile on her face.... Will b missed by all who knew her... Thinking of you Katie No and the rest of the family...prayers and hugs..”
- Brenda Bute
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our best love and.
Our love and prayers for you all of you. Tracy was a wonderful niece.
- Charlotte & Gary Maffin
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We went to school with Tracy, so sorry to hear of your loss. She will be greatly missed by many. Prayers for all of her family.
Jeff and Kris Peters”
- Kris Peters
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry about hearing that Tracy has passed on...she grew up with my girls and have known her for many years..if any of you need a shoulder I'm always here...take care and may God comfort you with knowing Tracy is with Him now..”
- Glenda Schleef
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this very difficult time! ”
- Christina McAlpine
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“R.i.p peace Tracey. You are touch my many people. Fly high”
- Rhonda Bute
Friday, November 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“You have our Deepest Sympathy May your Mom ,RIPShi”
- Shirley A Goebel
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