Jean Grubbs

jean grubbs

Jean Frances (Steenstrup) Grubbs, 80, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, ND.

Jean was born October 19, 1933 to Henry (Harry) and S. Gail (Carr) Steenstrup in Minot, ND. She attended local public schools and graduated from Minot High School.  She went to finishing school at Stephens College, and later earned a teaching certificate at Minot State.

She married Clyde James Grubbs, Jr. on December 28, 1956.  They both taught school in Michigan and North Dakota before moving to Jamestown, ND.Her husband, Clyde, preceded her in death along with her parents and brother, Tom Steenstrup.Jean enjoyed being called by her nickname “GG” which stood for Grandma Great as she would not admit to being a Great-Grandmother.  She also had many hobbies including painting, crafts as well as being an avid bowler, golfer, and motorcyclist.

She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Sarah (Ron) Rabideaux of Frazee, MN; Theresa (Al) Haag of Jamestown, ND; grandchildren Tina (Jason) Gaffney, Tony (April) Rabideaux, and Becky (Scott) Hoselton all of West Fargo, ND; Tori (Mike Block) Rabideaux of Detroit Lakes, MN; Jody (Donnie) Fisher of Painesville Township, OH; and Courtney (Andy Cook) Haag of Jamestown, ND; along with ten great-grandchildren: Kathryn, Owen, Landon, Bella, Cullen, Skieler, Connor, Johnathon, Bryce, and Drew; as well as her beloved dog, Addie.A memorial will be held at a later date.

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  1. minot ndI will remember your mother and grandmother as a great softball pitcher, we played many of games together and won all the ones she pitcher in she was a great lady. I am sure she will be pitching and bowling in heaven.
    Sorry about your loss.

  2. Minot ND
    So sorry to hear about your Mom, I smile thinking about her. A sad smile, I hope her last days were peaceful and with you both.
    The thing I remembered first was Gerald and me asking how soon till we get to Sarah and Theresa’s house about once every five minutes, for the hours long drive, till we drove both parents to screaming fits.
    It was always great to see your family and listen to the adults joke around. When the humor was so easy because it was a old comfortable familar friendship. The laughing was easy, the seriousness so heart felt. A long time ago. I suppose we are them now.

    I think my very first memory away from home was at Jean’s mom and dads cabin at Lake Metigoshe about 1962. Alot of new moms and dads hanging out together. I have a photo of your dad in some wild shorts standing on a dock. Your mom was checking him out behind the camra!!! Email me for the memorial, I will try to come and see you. I will think about her all day today for sure. And smile. Joe Schmidt

  3. Mesa, AZ
    Just today read in the Forum about Jean’s passing. She and I started the first grade together at Lincoln school in Minot, ND
    . I moved to Devils Lake in 1947 and finished high school there. However, we both started at Stephen’s College in the fall of 1951.
    I visited briefly with Jean and her daughter’s at the Jamestown Country Club about three years ago when we were there when a Jamestown friend of ours was induced into the ND
    Women’s Golf Hall of Fame.
    We are sorry for your loss.
    Sincerely, Marcia Johnson

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