James Henry Grunewald, 62, Austin

Published 10:40 am Friday, April 19, 2013

James (Jim) Henry Grunewald, 62, of Austin, Minn., died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Jim Grunewald

Jim Grunewald

Jim was born Nov. 9, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Henry and Ella “Marie” (Ellison) Grunewald. He graduated from Pacelli High School in 1968. Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 and served until 1972. He continued his service in the National Guard until 1973. Jim began working for G & G Heating and Air Conditioning at the age of 14 and eventually took ownership of the family business.

On Sept. 18, 1972, Jim married Nancy Tschida at Queen of Angel’s Church. The couple was married for 41 years and raised four children. He and Nancy have 13 grandchildren. Jim loved spending time with his family and traveling with Nancy. He enjoyed boating, riding his motorcycle and being with friends. Jim was a longtime volunteer of the Mower County Red Cross and had a passion for giving back to his community. He coached Austin Youth Football for 10 years. He was also a board member for the Mower County Historical Society. Jim and Nancy belonged to St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

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Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Grunewald, Austin; son, Chris (Laura) Grunewald, Austin; daughters, Angie (Mike) Bothun, Austin, Lisa (Zach) Schara, Austin, Carrie (John-Howard) Carroll, Rochester, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; brother Phil (Mary) Grunewald, Rochester; sisters, Elizabeth Loescher, Granville, Ohio; Nancy Elliott, Winchester, Va.; sisters-in-law, Sue Lastine; Carole (Scott) Anderson; brothers-in-law Tom (Angelina) Tschida; Rob (Lisa) Tschida; Joe Tschida; Patrick Tschida; Andy Tschida; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Marie Grunewald; mother and father-in-law Eugene and Caroline Tschida; nephew Mark Elliott.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, with Father Jim Steffes and Father Donald Zenk officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 91. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and at the church for one hour before the service on Monday morning. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the Mower County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Jim’s memory.