Harvey R. Gruenwald, 91
Harvey R. Gruenwald, a longtime Cedarburg resident, through God’s grace
combined with his faith, was born to eternal life on Tuesday, Dec. 12,
at the age of 91 years.
He was the beloved husband of Virginia for over 70 years; loving father
of Cheryl Moulds (Peter); sons Karl and Curtis (Deborah) Gruenwald.
Cherished and loving grandfather of Jon C. Gruenwald (Erika) of Port
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lilly, along with his
sister Alice. Harvey is further survived by other relatives and friends.
A lifelong resident of Ozaukee County, Harvey was born and raised in
Mequon, eventually moving to Cedarburg after being married in 1946.
He traveled to Cedarburg using the electric interurban railway to attend
Cedarburg High School and after graduation, attended Marquette
University for engineering.
Devoted to his country, he enlisted in the Navy and served during World
Upon his return, he began working for his father-in-law and later, Harvey
purchased half interest in the family business to be known as Jung-Gruenwald
Furniture & Appliance located in Cedarburg. Many years later, he sold
his interest and formed a business partnership with his son Curtis until
his retirement in 1986.
For a number of years after retirement, he continued helping out, since
business and working with customers along with being active was so much
a part of him. He was always there to lend a hand and dig in to help
others, be it family, friends or neighbors. The home he resided in for
close to 60 years reflects much of his hard work that was done in the
initial building process, along with all of the maintenance he did over
the years. Taking after his father, gardening and making things grow was
something he truly enjoyed.
In earlier years, Harvey was very active in a variety of organizations
to include his church, various civic groups and especially the Cedarburg
Fire Department. He loved spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin
at the special place on North Twin Lake. Many special cherished
Northwoods memories were created there.
He was of the “old school” where quality, honesty, integrity and fair
dealing were an essential ingredient to having those you serve become
longtime customers and friends. He was of a time when a handshake and a
promise were all that were needed, truly a lost era no longer present in
Harvey will be missed by family, friends and those who came across his
path over the years to truly get to know him. He ran the race that was
set before him, he kept the faith, has finished well and has claimed his
prize. While his temporal journey here on earth has ended, life has
truly just begun.
A memorial service and celebration of life was held at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Dec. 18 at Friedens Church with visitation from 4:30 p.m. until time of
the service. The church is located at 454 N. Milwaukee St. in Port
Washington, WI 53074. A time of fellowship and refreshments followed the
Cards may be addressed to the family in care of the church address. In
lieu of flowers, memorials to Friedens Church in memory of Harvey are
appreciated by the family. Eernisse Funeral Home is serving the family
with burial in the family plot at Zur Ruhe cemetery located in
Many thanks for the special care provided by so many at St. Mary’s
Hospital and especially the love and compassionate care provided by the
dedicated and professional staff at Lasata Care Center. Special thanks
Dr. Tom Shewczyk of Homestead Family Health for his professional as well
as tender loving care. The Ozaukee County community at large is so
fortunate to have these individuals who treat those they are caring for
as if they were their own family. Our family is deeply grateful for all