Fred Grunert, 89

Fred Washington Grunert, age 89, of Three Rivers, went to be with the Lord early Thursday, April 21, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 22, 1922, in Beloit, Wisconsin the son of Frederick William and Bertha M. (Liskow) Grunert.

Mr. Grunert graduated from Three Rivers High with the class of 1940. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal during WWII, serving in the Pacific Theatre and Iwa Jima. Upon returning, Fred was employed at Neff’s Greenhouse and Armstrong International as a machinist, retiring in 1986. Fred spent most of his life in Three Rivers, but also spent several of his retirement years in Florida. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, was an avid reader, and remodeled numerous houses. He also attended Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Kenneth Albright; two brothers, Charles Alfred (Al) and Arno Frederick Grunert; one sister, Doris Hosted.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Eleanor Virginia Grunert, whom he married on May 25, 1945 in Three Rivers; one daughter, Sharon (Grunert) Albright of Three Rivers; two sons, Carl (Barbara) Grunert of Midlothian, VA, and Fred (Mary) Grunert of Three Rivers; one “adopted” daughter, Carol McCally, of Three Rivers; one brother, William (Margaret) Grunert, of Cape Coral, FL; one sister, Irene Imel, of Centreville, MI; grandchildren: Patricia (Mark) Holmes, Dana (Ryan) Nichols, Jason Grunert, Fred (Marie) Grunert, and Jessica Grunert; great-grandchildren: Calvin, Justin, Nathan and Ellise Holmes; Kiah, Ashton and Brooklyn Nichols; and Allison and Lydia Grunert, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Hohner Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Reverend Robert Anderson of the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Hospice or the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene. Envelopes available at the funeral home.

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