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Rev. Albert Grender


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Rev.  Albert Grender Obituary
Grender, Rev. Albert O.

Rev. Albert O. Grender, age 88, of 961 North Walden Way, Town of Rome, Adams County, WI died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at his residence in the care of hospice and family.

There will be two services. The first service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, February 24, 2014 at Woodland Lutheran Church, Town of Rome, Adams County, WI. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10:00-11:00 AM. Rev. Stan Kwiecien will officiate.

The second service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Perry Lutheran Church in Daleyville, WI. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Perry Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Albert was born June 11, 1925 at home on a farm (Sunderland) one mile south of Daleyville, WI (Perry Township, Dane County). Parents were Helmer Perry Grinder and Olga Oimoen. He graduated from Mount Horeb High School in 1943 as valedictorian. He then graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN in May 1950 (cum laude, bachelor of arts). Albert then graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN in May 1953 (bachelor of theology).

Albert was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 25, 1944, where he served with the Signal Corps during the invasion of Okinawa and occupation of Korea and was discharged on October 24, 1946 with the rank of T/3 Staff Sergeant. Albert was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Battle Star, the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan.

Albert married Carol Handahl on June 8, 1952 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN. She preceded him in death on September 19, 2013. Albert was ordained into the Lutheran ministry on June 7, 1953 and he served at Watford City, ND (First and Spring Creek, 1953-1960); West Allis (Mt. Hope, 1960-1973); and Fair Water, WI (Zion, 1973-1990.). He retired on June 30, 1990. He baptized, confirmed, married, buried and counseled many people in his years as pastor.

Albert served on several boards, including Lutherdale Bible Camp, Elkhorn, WI; Imago Dei Bible Camp, Clintonville, WI, Fond du Lac Lutheran Home (Treasurer); Elvedal Lodge (Sons of Norway), Wis Rapids, WI and Romerikslaget of America. Albert self-published over ten books of family history and has traveled twice to Norway with Carol. He had a passion for reading and had a collection of over 700 books. Albert played piano "by ear" and sang in choirs. He enjoyed his home in the woods at "Camelot" near Rome, WI as well as their snowbird home in Fairhope, AL.

Albert is survived by five children, Ruth (Mark) Senn of Pueblo West, CO, Jane Grender of Eagan, MN, Anne Grender of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, David (Tammy) Grender of West Salem, WI and Gary (Colleen) Grender of Wausau, WI; two sisters, Arlene Stark of Marshall, WI and Ethel Skalet of Mt. Horeb, WI; one brother, Ernest Grinder of Daleyville, WI; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Y. Grender, his parents, Helmer and Olga Grinder and his brother, Ralph Grinder.

"Albert's family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for taking good care of our Father."

Memorials may be given for Woodland Lutheran Church and can be sent to 961 N. Walden Drive, Nekoosa, WI 54457, as well as cards.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 21, 2014
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