Harvey R. Gruenwald, 91

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 Washington.

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 War II.

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 today’s society.

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 service.

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 Cedarburg.

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 of you!