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Eva W. Grindell

May 21, 1918 March 16, 2011
Eva W. Grindell
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Eva Grindell, Nee Trimble, was born May 21, 1918 in Houston, Texas to Gertrude and Donald Trimble. She had two sisters, Mary and Esther and a brother, Donald. She graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Houston.


Eva met Bob Grindell in the early 1940s when he was stationed in Houston as a special agent with the FBI during World War II. They married on November 1, 1941 and moved to Detroit where Marcia was born in 1944.


Following the war, Bob, Eva and Marcia moved to Frederic where Lonnie was born in 1946. The family lived above Alma Friberg’s restaurant where Bob also had a law office. They moved to a Drummond house on the west side of town. Robert was born in 1948 and John in 1952. In 1953, Bob and Eva built the house overlooking Coon Lake. While the house was under construction, the family lived in their cabin on North Sand Lake, where they spent subsequent summers swimming and running wild. David was born in 1956.


A loving Mother, Eva encouraged her children to use their talents and to be just and kind. The Grindell house was a gathering spot for neighborhood children. Frequently, there were baseball, football and croquet games in the front yard. Cookies were always on offer. Birthday parties were occasions to invite all of the birthday child’s classmates.


Having grown up in a large city, Eva took some time adjusting to small-town life. Her faith was strong and she was involved in the women’s groups at church, taught Sunday school and helped with the Methodist Youth Fellowship when she had teenagers.


Eva was an artist whose oil paintings hung on the walls throughout her house. Elegant and beautiful, she had a finely honed fashion sense.


In later years, she was a devoted and loving grandmother. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. They especially loved her dill pickles, raspberry jam and coffee cans full of monster cookies.


Eva died on March 16, 2011 at Queen of Angels in Radisson, Wisconsin.


Eva was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Robert, her grand-daughter Kelly, sisters Esther Trimble and Mary Wright, brother Donald Trimble.


Children, Marcia Kivi and husband James, Lonnie Bell and husband Rick, Robert P. Grindell, John Grindell, and wife Joan, David Grindell and wife Donna; Grandchildren, Steven (Anne) Kivi, Sara (Andy) Erselius, Margot (Matt) Bell Sfeir, Peter (Holly) Bell, Kelly Domagala (Scott), Meghan Grindell, Emily (Joe) Connor, Robert (Shannon) Grindell, Katie (Kraig) Kahl, Will (Missi) Grindell, Norah (John) Anderson, Ethan and Eli Hayes; Great-Grandchildren, Sam, Molly, Grace and Luke Kahl, Sophia, Gavin and Julia Fredericks, Caiden Johnson, Talen and Croix Connor, Reese Grindell, Carson and Royce Anderson, Jack, Claire and Luke Erselius, Sean Kivi, Katy Sfeir, Sydney and Tessa Domagala, Henrik Grindell.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Frederic on Tuesday, March 22 at 11:00AM.


Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Monday, March 21 from 5-7PM, and again on Tuesday at the Church from 10-11AM.


Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery following the service.


Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, WI has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. www.rowefh.com 715-327-4475

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