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Ernest Grani

March 29, 1919-April 19, 2009

Ernest A. Grani, 90, of Lake Park, died Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Viking Manor Nursing Home, Ulen.

Ernest was born to Edwin and Annette (Quam) Grani, on March 29, 1919 in Eglon Township, Clay County. After his mother's death when he was three years old, he lived with his father on the farm and attended school in Eglon Township. Ernest was confirmed at Solem Lutheran Church. In February 1945, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Italy. While in the Army, he was in the 88th Inventory Division. He did mechanical work in the Army and was honorably discharged in November of 1946.

Ernie was a member of the American Legion in Lake Park. He was a lumberjack and spent some time in Little Fork, Minn., where he stayed each winter to cut wood. He was a very strong man who was capable of fixing most anything that needed repair.

Ernest married Maxine (Nelson) Passanante in September 1960. Maxine had three sons, Tony, Richard and John Passanante. In 1950, Ernie bought the family farm from his father, and operated a dairy business there until 1976, when he sold the cows and rented out the land. He started a business of buying and selling used machine parts and tractors. He was known for his dedication to John Deere tractors, and also for his sense of humor.

Ernie retired in 2002. Because of poor health, he became a resident of the Hawley Senior Living in 2004, and in September 2007, he moved to the Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen.

Ernie enjoyed going to farm auctions, playing cards, as well as visiting with neighbors and friends, and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving Ernie are his wife, Maxine Grani of Lake Park; a daughter, Annette (Grani) Olson of Golden Valley, Minn.; two sons, Tony (Diane) Passanante of Hawley and Richard (Liew) Passanante of Salem, Ore.; a daughter-in-law, Pam Passanante of Moorhead; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, John Passanante; one sister, Rhoda (Vernon) Doran; one brother, Morris Grani; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Solem Lutheran Church in rural Hawley, with interment following at Solem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park. An online guestbook and video tribute are available at