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Ella Gronbeck

Ella Marie Gronbeck, 79, formerly of rural Leonard, N.D., passed away Friday, October 23, 2009 at Elim Nursing Home, Fargo.

Ella Marie Fjelstad was born July 4, 1930 in Kindred, N.D. to Oscar and Mabel (Walberg) Fjelstad. She attended school in rural Kindred. She married Ernest Gronbeck on December, 18, 1949 at West Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Kindred. The couple farmed in the Leonard area.

Ella was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and grandma. She loved her children and grandchildren and loved to talk about "her girls." She loved sharing her love of cooking and baking with her grandchildren by having baking parties. Ella was also known as Grandma to all the kids at the horse shows. Once you met Ella you never forgot her and she never forgot you. Ella was also an active member of Helendale Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband Ernie, daughters Cathryn (Robert), Jostad, Kindred, Sheila (Larry) Goughnour, Fargo. Granddaughters Lisa Jostad, Kindred, Laura (Larry) Schwab, Fargo, Shari (Lee) Zimbelman, Fargo, Jackie (Darin) Milbrath, West Fargo, Sally (Marlin) Hildebrand, Winkler, MB Canada; 3 Great-Grandchildren, Garrett Hildebrand and Zac and Brooke Schwab. Her siblings Olive Andvik, Moorhead, Minn., Alletta (Harlan) Smeby, Kindred, N.D., Carl (Zita) Fjelstad, Mesa, Ariz., and Wallace (Eileen) Fjelstad, Mesa, Ariz. In-laws Arnold (Darlene) Gronbeck, Moorhead, Arnfred (Doris) Gronbeck, West Fargo, and Gladys Walaker, Fargo.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Judith Lynnes, Clayton Fjelstad, Oscar Fjelstad and Amy Lechner.

Visitation and prayer services were held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D. A memorial service was held Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at Helendale Lutheran Church, rural Leonard. Burial was at Helendale Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, N.D.

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