Esther L. Grinna

Monday, March 28, 2016 5:29 pm

Esther L. Grinna, 91, of Decorah, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Barthell O.E.S. Home in Decorah. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, one hour before the service, at the church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at
Esther Lucille (Nesset) Grinna was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Leeds, N.D., to Blanche A. (Lawston) Nesset and Alfred O. Nesset. She graduated from Leeds (ND) High School in 1942, and graduated from Luther College in 1946. Esther was united in marriage with Alden Theodore Grinna May 17, 1949, in West Clermont Lutheran Church, Clermont. They were blessed with four children: Mary (died soon after birth in 1950), Mary Lynn, Susan and Stephen. She worked as the secretary to the editor of the Decorah Newspapers for a number of years. She also worked for many years at Luther College, in the business office, where she supplied her children, nieces and nephews with a listening ear, lots of advice, and candy when they stopped by her office. After retirement, she volunteered at several places, including Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation.

Esther is survived by two children, Susan (Steve) Youngs of Webster, N.H. and Steve (Kim) Grinna of Decorah; 12 grandchildren: Brittany (Charles) Metzig, Blake (Stephanie) Leisinger; Thea, Nora and Merike Youngs; Grant, Sierra, Moriah, Garrison, Sophia, Stella and Angelica Grinna; five great-grandchildren: Gus, Henry and Asher Metzig, McKinley and Elijah Leisinger; one sister, Elsie Kittleson, of Decorah; and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alden, Oct. 5, 2014; a baby girl in infancy, in 1950; her daughter, Mary Yount, Jan. 12, 2007; and her sister, Ruth Eggleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Luther College, c/o Development Office, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101 or Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

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