Obituary: Mars J. Gralia


CIC-COM-0804-Gralia obit

Mars J. Gralia, 97, of Carmel, died July 22 at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville. He was born on October 15, 1917 to Stephano and Livia (Vacca) Gralia in Bicknell, Indiana.

Mars had been the Manager of Air Express, a division of R.E.A. Express Agency, where he retired in 1975 after 35 years. He was a member of the Elks Club Lodge #13; and had worked with election polls for many years, in many different capacities. He was quite the storyteller and enjoyed writing poetry.

He is survived by his children, Mike B. (Brenda) Gralia, Annette Burst, Elaine Irvin, and Mars J. (Carol) Gralia II; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren, with another one due in September.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary F. (Hibner) Gralia who passed away in 2004; and a brother, Mark.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.