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Elva H. Gruenhage

Elva H. Gruenhage

November 26, 1919-April 10, 2019

Elva H. Gruenhage, 99, of Columbus, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Meridian Gardens in Columbus.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, with the Rev. Patrick Sparling officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Elva Helen Gruenhage was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Platte County, to John Adolph and Katherine (Finke) Grotelueschen. She was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church, and confirmed her Christian faith through confirmation at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Elva attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Kramer High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to Fred Gruenhage on May 16, 1943, at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Elva worked for Nielsen Chevrolet and Tyrrell Chevrolet in Scottsbluff as a bookkeeper from 1938 to 1943. After her marriage and moving to Roswell, New Mexico, Elva worked for Roswell Auto Company. When the family moved back to Columbus, Elva became the first secretary and business manager for Immanuel Lutheran Church, retiring in 1981 after 17 years of service to the church.

Elva was a charter member of Immanuel Lutheran Couples Club and Immanuel Altar Guild. She was a member of LWML and several other church organizations. She was a docent at the Columbus Art Gallery, and delivered “Meals on Wheels” for many years. Elva enjoyed family vacations to the national parks, and later to visit family members in various parts of the United States. She enjoyed playing cards and board games, and sewing.

The family would like to thank Joanne Kasal for her care and support of Elva throughout the years.

Elva is survived by son, Donne (Phyllis Munoz) Leigh of San Diego; son, Gary (Peg Daniels) Gruenhage of Auburn, Alabama; son, Robert Gruenhage of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Norma (Wayne) Kramer of Montgomery, Texas; grandchildren, David (Christina) Kramer, Megan (T.J.) Carson, Carissa (Greg) Rosemore, and Justin Leigh; great-grandchildren, Raelynn and Kinsley Carson, and Harper Rosemore; brother, Rev. Norman Grotelueschen of Collierville, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Joyce Grotelueschen of Kansas City, Missouri; many nieces and nephews.

Elva was preceded in death by parents, John and Katherine Grotelueschen; husband, Fred Gruenhage; brothers, Harold and Roland Grotelueschen; sister, Louise Barjenbruch; half brothers, Arthur, Ernest, Paul and Rev. Elmer Grotelueschen; half sister, Clara Buchholz.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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