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Alexander Dewey "Dewey" Gronstal 1898-1947


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/28/2014 at 22:23:25

Dewey Gronstal Dies Suddenly at St. Joseph
Former Resident of Estherville
Word was received here last night of the death of A. Dewey Gronstal, 49, at St. Joseph, Mo. He died unexpectedly last night from a heart attack.

Gronstal was born in Estherville, was a graduate of Estherville high school, and a member of Estherville Lutheran church. After entering the banking business at Spirit Lake, he served in World War I and following the war was employed for several years in the Dolliver Savings bank. Later he was receiver of several Iowa banks.

Since that time he had worked with the Metropolitan Life Insurance company as a reviewing farm land appraiser in mid-western states.

Gronstal and his family resided here from 1939 until 1942 when he was transferred to St. Joseph, Mo.

Survivors include his widow, Phyllis; son, Michael; seven brothers, Carl C. and Chris M. of Estherville; George J. of North Hollywood, Calif.; Bernt A. of Council Bluffs; Knut S. of Omaha; Joe M. of Treynor, Ia.; Lawrence R. of Chicago, and a sister, Wilma M. of Waterloo. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, February 7, 1947)

Alexander Dewey Gronstal was born December 25th, 1898, in Estherville, Iowa. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Knute Gronstal. He was baptized and confirmed in the Estherville Lutheran Church. He attended the Estherville public school, and graduated from this high school in 1915 with high honors. Dewey was of a very ambitious nature and started out on a banking career, first at a bank in Spirit Lake. He enlisted in the Army during World War I. After returning from the war he was appointed bank receiver at several banks in Iowa. Later he affiliated with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of New York. By his friendly and efficient service he endeared himself to all the patrons, as well as to the staff of the Metropolitan company. His deep loyalty and helpful kindness were traits of character which especially endeared Dewey to all the members of his family and to his friends. His bright and cheerful manner enabled him to make friends wherever he went. In 1939 he was married to Phyllis Brown of Forest City. Their home has been blessed with one little son, Michael, who is now six years of age. Mr. Gronstal passed away after a few days illness spent in a St. Joseph Missouri hospital. His death came Thursday evening, February 6, resulting from a heart attack.

He leaves to mourn his passing his widow and son, Michael. Also seven brothers and one sister. They are Chris, George, Bernt, Knut, Joe, Lawrence, Wilma and Carl Gronstal. The family has lost a kind and loving husband, father and brother; and the Metropolitan Company of New York has lost a faithful servant. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, February 13, 1947)


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