Carl Grundstrom

Posted Online: May 04, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Carl A. Grundstrom, 96, of Aledo, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Genesis Senior Living in Aledo.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Aledo. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, where a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to the church or the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at
Carl was born March 6, 1917, in rural Taylor Ridge, to Oscar and Clementine Vroman Grundstrom. He attended the Andalusia School and the Prairie Union School in rural Reynolds. He married Dorothy Mewes Nov. 25, 1939, in Aledo. She died May 18, 1973. He married Martha Brown Fifield June 1, 1974, in Edgington. She died Sept. 12, 2008.
He was employed at John Deere Malleable Works in East Moline and retired as a supervisor from John Deere Foundry, Silvis, in 1976.
He was a member of St. Catherine's Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique guns, camping and restoring old furniture.
He is survived by a daughter, Carla (Roger) Murphy, Aledo; a son, Roger (Elizabeth) Grundstrom, New Boston; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, one lovingly expected; a sister, Dorothy Thielen, Ottumwa, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one brother and two sisters preceded him in death.


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