Frederick 'Fred' Gruenberg

 Frederick “Fred” Howard Gruenberg, 96, longtime Minot resident died Thursday, November 30, 2017 in a Minot hospital.

Fred was born December 8, 1920 at Bismarck, North Dakota, the son of William and Irene (Harris) Gruenberg.  He was raised and educated at Bismarck and Washburn where he was a foster child of the Gradin family.

Fred enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps on December 4, 1941 and honorably served his country in England and North Africa during World War II.  He was honorably discharged on November 4, 1945 and returned to North Dakota. He attended Minot State Teacher’s College, where he graduated with a degree in business and accounting.  He was a member of the Honor Society and the Mu Sigs.

Fred was united in marriage to Lois Flom in 1951, and they adopted Lois’s nephew Bob.  Lois passed away on December 24, 1969.  Fred was employed at the Gronvold-Blesener Olds Automotive dealership in 1951.  He became business manager for the dealership and continued in that capacity until retiring in 1991.  Fred was united in marriage to Theresa (Naumann) Kruse on July 10, 1971 in Minot blending two families.

Fred was a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot, where he served as an elder.  He was also a member of the American Legion in Minot, serving as adjutant there and in later years was a member of the American Legion in Washburn. He belonged to the Disabled American Veterans, World War II Last Man’s Club, where he served as president for 4 years.  He was treasurer of the Souris Valley Men’s Golf Club and served on the West River Water Board for many years.

Fred enjoyed golfing and playing pool until his eyes began to fail him and having coffee with friends at the mall.

He is survived by:  his wife of 46 years, Theresa Gruenberg; step-children, Steven (Michelle) Kruse, Eagle River, AK, and Karlene (Monte) Johnson, Plymouth, MN; grandchildren, Justin (RaChelle) Gruenberg, Kenai, AK and Joshua (Erika) Gruenberg, Grand Forks, ND; step-grandchildren, Mike (Kendal) Kruse, Mark Kruse, Dustin (Janie) Trice, and Danielle (Tom Moffett) Trice, and great grandchildren, Rekker, Charles, Jacob, Kale, Renner and Steele.

 Fred was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lois, son Robert Gruenberg, and a brother William.

Funeral service:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 10:30 am in St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment:  Tuesday at 3:00 pm in the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery , Rural Mandan, ND
Visitation:  Monday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in Thomas family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to St Mark’s, Dakota Boys’ and Girls’ Ranch or Trinity Hospice.


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MessageSorry to learn of Fred's passing. Enjoyed coffee with him many times before moving to Riverdale. Fred was a first class gentleman. Nels and Mary Olson
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MessageI had the privilege of knowing and working with Fred for several years at the dealership. Fred was a dedicated worker and also a proud man, proud of his work and his country. We also shared many laughs throughout the time we worked together. My condolences to the family, Fred was a great man.
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MessageFred was a wonderful and kind person. We were neighbors,Fred was the first one to welcome us.We did lots of story telling We worked together pulling dead trees out of the snow bank ,so we could burn them, lot hard work. Had taken his hand so he could climb up the bank, then we had a beer after wards, and tell more stories. He will be very missed.
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MessageSorry to hear of Fred's passing. I was privileged to know Fred as a fellow member of the World War 2 Last Man's clujb of Minot, and we had many long discussions together.I always valued his opinion on any subject.
Don Wunderlicj. pres. Last Man's cllub
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Message Mr. Gruenberg was a wonderful man. We loved to visit him at the garage, when going to see my grandpa or dad!!! Our deepest sympathies to the family.
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Message I have fond memories of Fred and his “stories” he would tell at family gatherings. Whenever I would think of him, it always brought a smile to my face, as I always thought he was funny! He will be greatly missed! Allen Drady sends his condolences as well.
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MessageBob worked with Fred for many years and enjoyed being a co-worker and friend. He was a good man and he will be missed by many. God bless his memory.
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MessageWe are taught to love our neighbor as ourself. Fred was the best neighbor a person could ever have. His love and kindness were evident from the first day our family moved into our home in Country Club acres 25 years ago. When I jackhammered out my basement wall to install an egress window, he was there to make sure I was okay and not working too hard. When I crawled 24 feet up into a tree to rescue our kitten, he was there wanting to call the fire department because in his words "it is easy to replace a cat, but not a good neighbor". When I was putting my pump in the river to water my yard, he was there with his little red tool box, wondering if I needed any help. When we were out of town, he willingly volunteered to feed our dog "Jazzy" and never missed a chance to tell us she was a good dog and a well trained animal. I know Jazzy loved Fred as much as we did and would bark a friendly hello from inside her kennel everytime he walked across the street. I could go on and on, but Fred was just a wonderful friend who loved his neighbors as much as himself..... and we loved him. We will miss him, but know he is in a better place, golfing, having coffee with the guys and telling stories of war and working in the car business. Terry, you were such a wonderful wife, to have cared for Fred so well all these years. You are a special friend and we will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless Fred and the entire Gruenberg family.
With love, Bill and Marla Uscensky (and those "little neighbor girls" Alison and Kaley).
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MessageFred was the first person to welcome Val and me when we moved in next to him in 1975. He was a great guy and a wonderful neighbor.
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MessageI met Fred when he worked at the car dealership and enjoyed a casual friendship with him for many years. He was a first class person and was always very thoughtful and courteous to others. I share the families loss and I fell very honored to have known him.
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MessageR.I.P. Uncle Fred
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MessageHe graduated from Minot Model in 1946 and he attended many Model events over the years, Sincere sympathy Terry and family.

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