Lawrence ‘Lorny’ W. Grinolds, 85, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 24, 2002

The funeral service for Lawrence “Lorny” W. Grinolds, of Bancroft Creek Estates, Albert Lea, formerly of Glenville, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Glenville. The Rev. Dianne E. Ciesluk will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Glenville. Military honors will be accorded. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before the service at the church. There will be a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lorny died on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea where he had been a resident for a few weeks. He was 85.

He was born on July 8, 1917, in Minnesota Lake, the son of Clair and Susan (Gillson) Grinolds. Lorny moved with his family to Albert Lea in 1927, where he attended Ramsey School and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1936. He played for Albert Lea in the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament in 1936. After graduation he worked for Mier Wolf and Sons and Bailey Electric in Albert Lea until entering the service in 1943. Lorny served our country in the Navy during World War II on the USS Anthedon, a submarine tender. He served in the Philippines and Australia, receiving rank of Electricians Mate, Third Class before his honorable discharge. He returned from the service to resume work at Baileys Electric until 1957 when he became associated with Gilpin Insurance Agency. He later became manager of Americana Insurance Agency in Alden until retiring in 1983.

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On Sept. 22, 1940, Lawrence was united in marriage to Anne Pacovsky at the United Methodist Church In Albert Lea. To this union two children were born, Lawrence and Richard. They had lived near Glenville and shared their life together until Anne died in March of 1998.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Glenville where he had served as Sunday School superintendent, taught Sunday School, and held many offices on the council. He had served on the Freeborn County Planning Commission, been active in the Glenville Boosters, and had been inducted into the Freeborn County Softball Hall of Fame. Lorny was a member of the Elks, American Legion Post #264, and lifetime member of the VFW. He was also a member of the Osman Shrine Temple, a past master of Western Star Lodge #26 A.F. & AM., and past patron of the Halcyon Chapter #21 Order of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and was an avid golfer.

Lorny is survived by his son, Richard “Dick” Grinolds of Minneapolis; brother, Everett Grinolds and his wife Gloria of Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Marvelyn Grinolds of Albert Lea; special niece, Lorna Lajcik of Palatine, Ill.; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; and close friends and neighbors: the Tom Belshan and Tim Kaasa families of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anne; his son, Lawrence “Larry” Grinolds Jr.; brothers: Manly and Dale Grinolds; half sister, Lou Kurth; and half brother, Elvin Hochstein.