Alvin T. Grundahl, 94
Alvin T. Grundahl, M.D., 94, of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Friendship House at Cedar Community.
Alvin was born June 3, 1916, in Daleyville to Thore and Anna (nee Breisath) Grundahl, Norwegian immigrants.
After graduating from Mt. Horeb High School, he went to St. Olaf College, where he met the love of his life, June Engelstad, and graduated in 1938. He taught sciences, band and glee club in Fertile, Iowa, for two years before attending the University of Iowa Medical School. After graduating in 1943, Alvin did a rotating internship in Denver, Colo., was commissioned into the Navy and was shipped to Iwo Jima in 1944. After his service in World War II, June and he moved to West Bend. Here, Alvin entered practice with Dr. R.O. Frankow, where he practiced for 42 years and raised his family. Alvin was a member of Kiwanis and the Washington County Medical Society. He was Chief of Staff at St Josephís Hospital twice, very active at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, where he was volunteer choir director for years and also served as president of the congregation twice. He loved to golf and at one point was senior champion at the WBCC.
Alvin is survived by his children, Susan Grundahl of Tacoma, Wash., John (Karen) Grundahl of West Bend and Kathleen (Stan) Wendland of Minneapolis, Minn. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Erik M. (Lacey) Wendland, Rachel K. (Grundahl) Schemelin, Kjerstin A. (Noel) Quinn, Aaron J. (Anne) Grundahl, Nicholas A.J. Wendland, Linnea E. Wendland, Sarah K. Grundahl and Heidi M. Wendland; his great-grandchildren, Tore P. Schemelin, Noah A. Grundahl and Elizabeth I. Grundahl. Alvin is also survived by sisters-in-law, Verna Grundahl of Daleyville and Donna Grundahl, Norwood, Minn., as well as a niece who was more like a daughter, Julie (Ron) A. Allvin of Lemoore, Calif., and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Alvin is preceded in death by his parents, Thore and Anna Grundahl; his wife, June (nee Engelstad); and his nine brothers and sisters, Curtis, Bertha, Kermitt, Raymond, Milda, Julian, Bennie, Evelyn and James.
A funeral service for Alvin will be held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, 1044 S. Silverbrook Dr., West Bend, with the Rev. Darin Wiebe, West Bend, and Alvinís nephews Rev. Bishop Allan Grundahl of Saskatoon, Canada, and Rev. Stephen Engelstad, of Kenosha, presiding. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, and continued at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. until time of service. Entombment will follow at Washington County Memorial Park.
Memorials in Alvinís name are appreciated to the Our Saviorís Lutheran Church of West Bend as well as to the musical scholarships Al and June founded.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, www.phillipfuneralhome.com
A special thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson as well as the staffs of Cedar Crossings, Friendship House and Cedar Community Hospice for all their loving care.