(Blomquist) Grandstrand, was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in Sinnott
Township of Marshall County. She was baptized at St. Petri Lutheran
Church near her home and confirmed at the Salem Lutheran Church. She
attended both the former “Happy Corner School” and “Benson School”.
Grace graduated from Karlstad High School in 1943 and attended
Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. On Oct. 16, 1944, Grace was
united in marriage to Vernon Frei. Following their marriage, the
couple farmed in Augsburg Township of Marshall County until 1950,
then moved to the present Frei farm in Nelson Park Township near
Stephen. Grace was a life-long member of Salem Lutheran Church and
served as church organist for many years. She loved gardening,
quilting, crocheting, playing cards, word find puzzles and Scrabble.
She worked at the former Karlstad Arctic Cat Plant as a seamstress.
Vernon passed away June 24, 1987, and Grace continued her home on the
farm. For the past year she has resided at the Kittson Memorial
Healthcare Center in Hallock where she passed away on Fri. morning,
Oct. 7, 2011, at the age of 85 years, 10 months and 20 days.
She is survived by two daughters: Linda (Ron) Donarski, of Stephen
and Lori (Darwyn) Anderson, of Karlstad; two sons: Allan and Gale
(Fanny Schaeffer), both of Stephen; grandchildren: Kevin, Shawn and
Terry Donarski, Ronalin Steer, Nicholas and Krista Anderson, Heleanna
DaCosta, and Karen and Allan Schaeffer; several great-grandchildren;
one sister: Bernice Hultgren, of Kennedy; two brothers: Dale (Beth),
of Karlstad and Carl (Mary Jane), of Albert Lea, MN.; in addition to
many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, her parents,
daughter-in-law: Susan Frei; five brothers: Melvin, Delbert, Gordon,
Paul and Robert; and one sister: Edna Nagle.