Cheryl Ann Grinna

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:16 pm

Cheryl Ann Grinna, 70, of Decorah, died Tuesday evening, April 28, 2015, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. A celebration of Cheryl’s life is at noon, Saturday, May 30, at Nob Hill Supper Club in rural Decorah. All are welcome to attend and celebrate her life with stories, pictures and music that was special to her. A private memorial service will be held for family members, preceding the celebration event.  Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.

Cheryl “Graham Cracker” Grinna (nee Lundt), was born March 18, 1945, in Postville, to Harold and Betty (Flack) Lundt. Cheryl was confirmed at Calmar Lutheran Church in Calmar. She graduated from Decorah High School with the class of 1964. Cheryl married John Grinna June 4, 1966, at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah. This union was blessed with three children: Scott, Stacey and Steven, over the next 11 years. Cheryl also opened their home to provide lodging and support to several young adults over the years; they all remember her kindness and generosity in the time they spent with her.  Cheryl worked most recently at McDonald’s in Decorah, up to her retirement. Cheryl enjoyed her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, all of whom spent many happy days with her, being lavished with her repertoire of silly songs, play, and love. In recent years, Cheryl also spent time with her kindred spirit, Sheila Iverson, playing cards and visiting Sheila’s north woods cabin. Cheryl was passionate about endlessly re-decorating her home, her houseplants, flower gardening, knitting, bird watching and shopping tirelessly in pursuit of the great deal.

Cheryl is survived by her mother, Betty Lundt of Decorah; husband John Grinna; children: Scott (Amy) Grinna of West Bend, Wis., Stacey (Collin) McElree of Decorah and Steven (Lisa) Grinna of Decorah; her siblings: Mark Lundt of Decorah, Linda (Lorraine) Kalke of Decorah, Lauren (Diana) Lundt of Mindoro, Wis. and Kim Sickles of Decorah; and 10 grandchildren: Kelsey Grinna, Abigail Grinna, Kjersten Grinna, Gunnar Grinna, Anika Grinna, Cooper McElree, Mack McElree, Evan Buechel, Colin Buechel,and Nolan Buechel.  She also is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Lundt; brotherm Christopher Lundt; nephew. Matthew Lundt; nieces, Heather and Elizabeth Wilkins; and her dear friend, Sheila Iverson.

The family thanks Dr. Daniel Wientzen from Gundersen Health System of Decorah, and Jill and Nicole from the Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice for their dedication and care.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101. Contact with Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation can also be at 563-382-2911 or foundation@winmedical.org.

 

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