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RoseMarie “Pinkie” Grams, longtime resident of Salem, NH, formerly of Andover, MA for 30 years died Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, at the age of 83. She was born on August 30, 1940, in South Bend, Indiana to the late George Everett and Camilla Mary (Reiley Mellon) Erp. She was married to Daniel Bernard Grams September 10, 1960, in St. Patrick’s Church.
She raised her four children with the love, compassion, and strength of her Midwestern roots.
Pinkie was a youth and sports enthusiast. She was on the executive board of Andover Pop Warner football, was a director of Andover Little League and was an auxiliary member of several sports teams across the town including Babe Ruth baseball. She later went on to coach both the Andover High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, and the Indians.
One of her many accomplishments was helping create the Andover High School Golden Warriors mascots.
She worked for nearly 3 decades at Gould Electronics/ Modicon/ Schneider Electronics, performing multiple roles before she retired. While she was a group leader, she orchestrated the meeting of one of her employees, Dawn Scione, and her son Tim. They finally met at a company Christmas party Pinkie was helping run. They are now celebrating their 36th year of marriage.
Pinkie moved to Salem, NH and began working and volunteering in the Haigh and Barron Elementary schools. She developed and ran after-school craft clubs and Horticulture programs at the Haigh school. She continued her commitment to youth sports, volunteering with the Salem Rams.
Pinkie loved watching her children and grandchildren’s various activities and interests, including baseball, football, band, church youth activities including church youth ministry, percussion band, softball, cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, tap dance, ballet, chorus and Irish dancing/clogging, and lacrosse.
Pinkie was a lifelong Andover Golden Warrior fan, Salem Rams fan, and a faithful Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. She was a constant fixture at the Andover Golden Warriors Baseball Games to watch her son’s teams throughout the years.
Pinkie was so happy and proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. She spoke or text messaged with them often. She recently joined Facebook, which made it even easier for her to keep in touch with her children and grandchildren, and her relatives back home in Indiana.
She loved cooking and baking. Her triple-layer German Chocolate Cake was legendary. Her family always looked forward to her kieflies, kolache, and chocolate brownies.
Pinkie is survived by her son Daniel Grams and daughter-in-law Annette, granddaughter Lauren Danielle Grams and her husband Zach Putnam, her son Timothy Grams and daughter-in-law Dawn, granddaughter Kaileigh Grams Dube and her husband, Steven, and their children Jacob and Cameron, her daughter Laura dos Santos and son-in-law Michael Epstein, granddaughter Brianna dos Santos and her partner Jacob Lakos and grandson Robbie dos Santos, his partner Breeya Pistorio and great grandson Joshua, her son Mark Grams and daughter-in-law Kathy Grams, grandson David Grams and his wife, Jaclyn Resnick Grams, granddaughter Sara Grams and grandson Luke Grams, her brother Paul Erp and sister-in-law Marcia of South Bend, IN, and her brother Jim and sister-in-law Linda Erp of Rochester, IN. Pinkie was predeceased by siblings: Camilla “Rosie” Jane Braunsdorf, George Erp, Mary Stewart, Betty Kline, Joseph Erp, Charles Erp, David Erp, Geraldine Hossom, and Jenny Glon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pinkie’s honor to her favorite sports organizations, her beloved Andover Golden Warriors baseball or Salem Rams Organization Scholarship Program.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday November 8, 2023 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH. A Funeral Mass will be on Thursday November 9 at 10:30 am in St. Joseph Church, 40 Main St., Salem, NH. To leave an online condolence, please visit Pinkie’s tribute page at www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.