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Christopher Michael "Chris" Gronstal 1884-1952


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/28/2014 at 21:38:50

Life-Time Resident Here Dies
Heart Attack Fatal to Chris Gronstal
Christopher Michael Gronstal, 67, Estherville painter and decorator, died at 5:35 p.m. yesterday at Holy family hospital of a heart attack. He had been feeling ill for the past few days but continued to work until taken to the hospital.

A life-time resident of Estherville, Mr. Gronstal was born Nov. 29, 1884, the oldest son of Knute and Ragnhild Gronstal. He graduated from grade and high school here. He worked with his father as a painter and decorator and later formed a business with his brother Carl in the business which has existed for the past 25 years.

In 1935 he married Dorothy Latchem in Washington.

He was a member of the Estherville Lutheran church, of which he has been secretary for the past 28 years.

Surviving are his wife; four brothers, George J. of North Hollywood, Calif., Knute S. of Omaha, Joseph M. of Treynor, Laurence R. of Chicago and Carl C. of Estherville; a sister, Wilma M. of Council Bluffs; and a number of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents and two brothers, Dewey of St. Joseph, Mo., in 1947 and Bernt of Council Bluffs in 1949.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the home of Carl Gronstal, 803 North Sixth street, and at 2:30 p.m. at the Estherville Lutheran church. Officiating will be the Rev. L.G. Hinderaker, assisted by the Rev. John DeLong. Burial will be in the Norwegian Lutheran cemetery. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, May 23, 1952)


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