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Mary Lou Gronland

November 13, 2019

Funeral Mass - Tuesday

November 19, 2019
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Holy Spirit Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Mary Lou Gronland

November 13, 2019


Mary Louise Gronland, 85, Fargo, ND passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Rosewood on Broadway. She was born on October 16, 1934 in Fargo to Earl and Delphine (Scharenbroich) Holland. She grew up in Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1952. Mary Lou later graduated from Interstate Business College. She then worked for the IRS for a couple years.

In 1953 she met Donald Gronland at a dance at NDAC. They were united in marriage on May 1, 1954 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead. The couple made their home in Fargo where they raised their two children. Mary Lou was active in the PTA at Holy Spirit School when her kids were in attendance.

Mary Lou worked at Black’s Department Store for several years before joining Kay’s Printing as a graphic artist. She worked at Kay’s for 15 years until her retirement. She then did some freelance work for Nordic Needle. Following her retirement, Mary Lou and Don enjoyed travelling to Florida and Arizona in the winters.
Mary Lou was a member of Holy Spirit Church for over 60 years. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed bowling. She was a very social person who had lots of friends and loved being around people. She was known for her sense of humor.

Mary Lou cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was adored as a mom, grandma, and mother-in-law.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Don; children, Susie (Charles) Rutherford and Scott (Beth) Gronland; brother, Bill Holland; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, George, Cecil, Bud, and Ione.

There will be a funeral Mass at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior. Burial at Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Rosewood on Broadway.


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23 responses to “Mary Gronland”

  1. Al & Lott Evert says:

    So so sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing! Our Thoughts are prayers are with you Don and your family. So many good times at the Air Guard parties! Rest In Peace Sweet Young Lady!
    Sorry we couldn’t be with you, already in AZ.

  2. Pastor Chuck & Kaye Belzer says:

    Our sympathy in your loss of Mary Lou, I so enjoyed getting to know her this past Jan. when I did her hair. She was a sweet lady, she will be missed. God Bless.

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh, my Lady. Varissa and I already miss you so much. I’m heartbroken. I’m reminded of all our conversations, watching football, guessing answers on Family Feud, and all our hours spent discussing life. You were my favorite, which is why you were the last one assisted to bed each night: because we then were able to spend as much time as we wanted to with you.

    Sleep well, sweet Queen. You are no longer sick or in any pain. I’m sure my grandmothers helped welcome you home. You are more loved than you know.

  4. Larry Gronland says:

    Sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing.

  5. Myron Hjelden says:

    My prayers for Don and family

  6. Carol Leach says:

    Sad to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. We worked together for many years at Kaye’s Printing. Many laughs and good times were experienced. Remember the happy times and God will take care of the rest of the healing.
    Love and Peace
    Carol Leach

  7. Steve and Eliza Selzler says:

    When I think of Mary Lou, I remember her smile and her laugh. She smiled more than anyone I’ve ever known. Jenny said she just saw her on Tuesday.
    We are so sorry for your loss
    Steve and Eliza Selzler

  8. Greg Winjum says:

    We have such fond memories of Mary Lou dating back to the 9th St. neighborhood with dirt roads. Our deep felt condolences to Don and family at Mary Lou’s passing.

  9. Rhonda Woltmann says:

    Gronland Family, I will miss MaryLou so very much. I will always remember her kind smile, the love and care in her eyes, and the sweetest spirit I have ever known. It won’t be the same coming into Rosewood to work, and not seeing MaryLou and Don. Don would bring dinner in and tell me he had been up all night cooking.
    Always made me laugh.
    May God wrap his arms around you in this hard time and give you his strength.

  10. Terry Scherling says:

    Don, Susie, Scott and family, I’m so sorry to learn of MaryLou’s passing. I’ll always remember MaryLou’s cheerful manner and big smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember your wife, mother and grandmother.

  11. Deb Lien says:

    Don and Family – my prayers and sympathies to you. Mary Lou was a great person and I always enjoyed my visits with her. Especially when she would give my father, Loren, heck!! She was a great friend to my mother, Nancy, and they remained friends for many years.

  12. Mike Holland says:

    WE will miss you Mary and will remember you well with much love…

  13. Cindy Cortese says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was always such a sweet woman. I was blessed to have crossed paths with her again last December when visiting my father at Rosewood….and as always her smile brightened the room. RIP Mrs. Gronland, say hi to dad! My thoughts and prayers to all.
    Cindy C.

  14. Diane Weaver says:

    Didn’t seem like Mary Lou should be 85…I realize time has flown by since last seeing her. It’s a great loss for so many, especially Don, Susie and Scott and rest of family. Yet, what a wonderful life she lived and legacy left. I’m sorry I’m not able to be at her service to offer support to those there and and celebrate her life. Big hugs to all including brother Charles who loved his mother-in-law. Diane Weaver in AZ

  15. Patricia says:

    Mary Lou was an amazing women. I helped take care of her at Rosewood and she could always make me laugh. I will always miss her smiling face as I am sure everyone at Rosewood will.
    So sorry for your loss.

  16. Teresa Ehnert says:

    Don and family, so sorry for your loss. Hold the memories close and feel the love from all that had the pleasure of knowing your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  17. Vicki Bergman says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. She was always a ray of sunshine when I saw her at Rosewood while visiting my Mother. She was a true fan of my Chocolate Scotcheroo bars! Keeping you in my prayers. With deepest sympathy.

  18. Liz Holland-McDaneld says:

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary Lou. I have very fond memories of her. My love and prayers to Uncle Don and family.
    Liz Holland

  19. Dennis Kooren says:

    Our prayers are with you Don and family. Mary Lou is home now, at rest and in peace. May you take comfort knowing that she will always be a part of your lives! With Love,
    Dennis and Karen Kooren

  20. Tami Blanchard Llewellyn says:

    Was sorry to hear of your loss, Baldy. Mary Lou was always so kind to me and ready with a laugh. Enjoyed getting to know her while growing up at the softball fields all those years ago. Will send some prayers you way.

  21. Jeffrey Weitzel says:

    Our sincere sympathies to Don and family on the loss of Mary Lou. She was a fun loving, and happy go lucky person around Kaye’s Printing! Will always remember that boisterous laugh around the halls! Peace and love.
    Jeff & Sharon Weitzel

  22. Doug Warnecke says:

    Baldy and family:
    Sorry to read of Mary Lou’s passing. I just reviewed the video tribute and you certainly had a wonderful life together for many many years. God speed Mary Lou.

    Doug & Joan Warnecke

  23. Missy Peterson says:

    Love you guys wish I could have been there uncle Don

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