Sunday, January 6, 2013



ADDRESS: Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford; A former Town of Little Black resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:50 PM Saturday, January 5 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 6 months most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 11:30 AM Thursday, January 10 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Little Black

VISITATION: at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 9 where there will be a 4:00 PM Catholic prayer/rosary service held; also from 9 AM until 11:15 AM on Thursday, Jan. 10

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 12, 1924 at Milwaukee

EDUCATION: Milwaukee elementary schools; graduate of Boy’s Tech High School, Milwaukee

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: 1st: Nov. 27, 1948 at Medford to Celine E. Heier & she preceded him in death Jan. 7, 1980; 2nd: Jan. 31, 1981 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Carol Raasch-Riemer and she preceded him in death May 25, 2009

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he worked at Evinrude Motors in Milwaukee. Then he entered the US Army, veteran of WW II having served from 1943-45. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star & Purple Heart while serving. After the service he returned to Milwaukee. Moved to the Town of Little Black where he owned & operated the Little Black Store & Bar, later known as the Little Black Liquor Store & Discount Center from 1950-1986. He worked as a rural mail carrier for a period of time until his retirement in 1987. He served on the Little Black School Board, treasurer of the Town of Little Black, and was an emergency fire warden for the DNR. He enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, fishing & camping.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where he was active: taught religious education for several years, marriage preparation classes & served as Eucharistic minister. Medford Council of the Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th degree knight & recipient of the Dr. C.W. Henney Medallion Award. Klossner-Dietzler VFW Club, Medford.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Janice (Gary) Nance of West Point, CA, Ruth (Ron) Fisk of Medford & Anne (Fiancée - Ken Jascor) Smith of Medford; Sons – Jim (Sharon) and Joe (Peggy) Grunwald both of Medford;
Step-Children: Sandra (Norman) Peters of Suamico, Terry (Bev) Riemer of Brillion, Margie (Kirby) Carpenter, Bonita Riemer & Patrick Riemer all of Green Bay, Mike (Deb) Riemer of Medford & Russel Riemer of Ohio

CHILDREN DECEASED: 1 Granddaughter


DECEASED FATHER: Emil Herman Grunwald DECEASED MOTHER: Martha Doehling

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Kristine Pillsbury, Carolyn Semen, Casey Smith, Tracy Roeber
Active – Carisa Lueck, Cadie Smith, Mike, Justin, Trenton, Adam & Patrick Grunwald

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the family for a future designation
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