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Vital statistics (births, marriages, deaths) of interest to Grinnells.

Elaine (Grinnell) Sorenson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:37

Elaine (Grinnell) Sorenson passed away on Sept 24, 2010. She was daughter of Merea and Walter Grinnell, last of their 10 children, and my favorite auntie." We send our condolences to all who will miss her, family and friends alike.

(submitted by her niece, Audrey Jurgens)

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 April 2011 00:37 )
Timothy James Grinnell (1958-2011) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:33

Timothy James Grinnell, 52 of Cedar City Utah, passed away on Feb 23, 2011 from complications of Diabetes. Parents were James Irving Grinnell and Patricia Ann Smith Grinnell both deceased. Survived by wife Fei Grinnell. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 13, 1958.

(received from Cynthia Lee Grinnell Thornlow (GFA #709), Palmer, Alaska)

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 April 2011 00:35 )
Swanie Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marj Murray   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:25

Mrs. Swanie Grinnell, of Medina, passed away on Friday evening, January 28, 2011 at the Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Grinnell was born in Cincinnati, OH, July 12, 1925, a daughter of the late Joseph and Lilly Mae (Weichle) Kelly. On March 3, 1945, she married Edsel W. Grinnell (GFA #4).

Swanie shared so many of her birthdays with us, because the GFA usually had a reunion at that time during its first 20 years as an organization. She and Ed had not been able to travel so easily the last few years, so we had not seen them since 2005 in Seekonk MA.

Such a wonderful woman, quiet and friendly. She will be missed by all who knew her in her larger family, the Grinnell family.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 April 2011 00:51 )
James L. Grinnell (1926-2010) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 23:59

James Lawrence Grinnell, One of the Original Founders of the GFA Passes Away in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

James Lawrence Grinnell of Hot Springs Village, AR died on June 15, 2010 at Good Samaritan in Hot Springs Village, AR. He was born on August 23, 1926 in Superior, WI to Herbert and Ethel (Mayers) Grinnell. Jim worked for a Superior radio station as a broadcast engineer and for a time as an instructor in radio in the US Air Force. After service he moved to Chicago, joining the ABC network. Jim did many dance band “remotes” at the big hotels in the days before radio became a giant record playing machine. Eventually he worked into TV to make use of a side skill as a projectionist. He became a quality control expert and of late years had been assigned to watch the computer that controls the Chicago operation for ABC-TV. Along the way he was responsible for the Technical “Integration” for most of the early sports the ABC pioneered and did some of the Technical operation at National political conventions. Jim served as a Director and then Treasurer of the Society of Broadcast Engineers for a number of years. Jim also did some free lance political writing for the Village Voice. Jim was in the Evening Lions Club for 17 years. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years Ileta (Mayer) Grinnell. 1 Niece; Barbara Vargason of Wisconsin and his special family friend Sue Wilson. Jim and Ileta have lived in the Village since 1986. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Betty Lund.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:32 )
James H. Grenell (1924-2010) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 23:30

James H. Grenell, 86, of Scottsdale, passed away December 12, 2010.

Jim was born February 19, 1924 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota to Morton and Harriet Grenell. He was a U.S. Army veteran in General Patton's Third Army having earned four Battle Stars. Jim returned home from Europe in 1945 and married Naomi Betty Callerstrom of Minneapolis.

He completed his university business education and began a 35 year career with Honeywell Inc., where he was their Vice President and Corporate Controller. After retiring from Honeywell in 1986 Jim and Naomi moved to Scottsdale.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Naomi; their three daughters, Bonita (Mike) Wolfe, Suzanne Naomi Grenell and Andrea (Mendes) Grenell; four grandchildren, Jeremy and Brian Wolfe, Scott Mendes and Lauren Mendes Davidson; three great grandchildren, Catherine Naomi Wolfe, Owen Reed Mendes and Jaxon Michael Wolfe.

In keeping with Jim's wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date at the Brooklyn-Crystal Cemetery in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Jim was GFA President for several years in the late 1980s. He and wife Betty were fixtures at our reunions for many years and were remembered for their joy of life. He was part of that large group of Minnesotans with the "Grenell" spelling, which caused a lot of good-natured ribbing at the reunions.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:06 )
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