Marlis Darlene (Lervick) Gronberg, 75, loving wife, awesome mom, amazing
grandma and wonderful great-grandma, passed away January 25, 2011 after
a courageous battle with cancer in Cambridge, Minn.
Marlis was born July 29, 1935, the only child to Esther and Trygve
Lervick, in Bottineau, N.D. She graduated from Bismarck High School and
attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
She married Chuck Feb 8, 1958 in Bismarck, N.D. where they started their family with Kjia (Orstad), twins Guy Gronberg and Gwen (Daly). A career move for Chuck brought the family to Cambridge, Minn. where they completed their family by adding Trent Gronberg. She was also mom to AFS student Dr. Tom Backlund of Helsinki, Finland. She worked for many years at the Cambridge Star, served countless volunteer hours helping the Cambridge Hockey Association, assisted school clubs that her children participated in, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the food pantry, the Shalom Shop and she cherished the many hours spent volunteering in many ways at Cambridge Lutheran Church.
Marlis was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed helping sew uniforms for the Blaine drum line and assisted in sewing many costumes for drama productions. She loved to sew, knit, drink coffee, plan events, and entertain. Her favorite guests were her children and grandchildren, along with their friends, sports teams or ministry groups. She always had coffee on or a pizza in the oven for whoever stopped in no matter what time it was. She enjoyed playing cards, taking day trips and weekend trips with her friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Charles Edward (Chuck) Gronberg.
Marlis is survived by her children; Kjia (Chuck) Orstad of Raymore, Mo., Guy (Diana) Gronberg of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Gwen (Todd) Daly of Coon Rapids, Minn. and Trent (Carolyn) Gronberg of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Grandchildren; Charissa (Nate Rosser), Chase (Tara), Cayle, and Chressin Orstad, Gavin, Grace, Glori and Gage Gronberg, Erin, April and Brian Daly, Gaeton and Gunnar Gronberg; Great-Grandchildren: Aurora and North Orstad.
Funeral Services were held Jan. 31, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. David Everett officiating. Kim Fragodt provided the special music. Organist was Mary Kay O’Neill. Pallbearers were Chase and Cayle Orstad, Gavin, Gaeton, Gunnar and Gage Gronberg, Brian Daly, Bob Nelson, Tyler and Tom Treichel. Interment was in the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge, Minn.