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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Obituary: Sylvia Grabanski

  • Services will be Wednesday October 2 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception at 2pm
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  • Sylvia Grabanski, age 91, East Grand Forks, (formerly Crookston), died Wednesday at Essentia Health in Fosston, MN. Sylvia Norma Tinnes was born on November 3, 1921 at Oslo, MN, daughter of Julius and Clara (Olson) Tinnes. She grew up and attended school at Oslo. She was united in marriage with Joseph (Joe) Barney Grabanski on September 19, 1939 in Oslo. They made their home in Dorothy, MN on the family farm. She worked on the family farm and took pride in being a homemaker. She enjoyed her day's raising her family, baking, gardening and sewing. She loved time spent visiting with family and friends. Everyone had a special place in her heart. She had a knack of remembering all the people she knew, where they lived, who they were married to, their kids names and even how many grandkids became of these unions. She enjoyed phone calls from everyone and the visits from family and friends. She and Joe moved into Crookston in 1978. Her husband, Joe died on July 19, 2007. In 2010, Sylvia moved to East Grand Forks.
    Sylvia went back to school in her later years and completed her 12th grade education, receiving her diploma. She was a long time member of St. Dorothy's Catholic Church and later became a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great great-grandchild tugged at her heart always. She was always concerned about everyone else, right to the end. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.
    Sylvia is survived by her children: James Grabanski of Grand Forks, ND, Joan (Gerald) Mireault of Crookston, MN, Roy (Marge) Grabanski of Darwin, MN, Dan (Lynne) Grabanski of Faribault, MN, Rykk (Melanie) Grabanski of Watkins, CO; daughters-in-law: Joyce Grabanski of East Grand Forks, MN and Marilyn Nelson of Grand Forks, ND; fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; a sister: Loraine Yochum of Redding, CA; two nephews: Milton (Janice) Kleven and Rick Yochum; two nieces: Marlyne Olson and Susan (Tom) Jenkins; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents: Julius and Clara Tinnes; her husband: Joe; a son: Robert; a sister: Melvina Kleven and two brothers-in-law: Leonard Kleven and John Yochum.
    Sylvia's funeral will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, with the Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM with a rosary at 7 PM and also for one hour before the service on Wednesday. Interment will be at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery, Dorothy, MN.

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