Charles Griensewic


Charles GriensewicCharles E. Griensewic, age 74 of Balaton, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Balaton Colonial Manor. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 3 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Balaton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church on Monday. A luncheon will be served in the church social hall immediately following the service. Interment will be in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles Eldon Griensewic was born May 28, 1944 to Elda (Geske) and Charles J. Griensewic in Marshall, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s church in Balaton. Charles graduated from Balaton High School, where he is still the record holder for running the mile. He then graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Charles taught Social Studies and Geography in Arizona and Minnesota. He worked on the railroad and many years at the Marshall produce. Charles had many interests including ham radio, gardening, bird watching and planting trees. If you see a Ginko or Basswood growing around Balaton, he probably planted it. Charles spent many years helping care for his mother, Elda. After their health deteriorated, he moved to the Colonial Manor. There he received excellent care, enjoyed Bingo, and never missed an activity. He had post-it notes with every staff member’s name so he would not forget them. Charles loved when friends would visit and bring him treats.
Charles is survived by his siblings: Mary Chesley, Max (Virjean)

Griensewic, Lenore (Lad) Caldwell, and “favorite sister” Jane (Ken) Sovell; nieces: Emily, Ashley and Natalie Sovell; nephews, nieces and friends; and brothers-in-law: Dale Schurle and Garvin Murray. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Byron, sisters Vera Murray and Louise Schurle, and brother-in-law Leroy Chesley.

We will miss you Charles. Rest in Peace.


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