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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Obituary: MaryLou Gruhot

  • MaryLou’s funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.
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  •     MaryLou Gruhot, age 75, Crookston, died Tuesday evening, November 12, 2013, at her home with her loving family at her side.  MaryLou Belle Donarski was born on November 8, 1938 in Crookston, daughter of Frank and Bella (Mackowick) Donarski.  She grew up and was educated in Crookston.  As a teenager, she worked as a waitress.   She was united in marriage with Ronald A. Gruhot, Sr. on June 21, 1958 in Crookston at the Cathedral.  They moved to their current home on South Front Street forty-seven years ago, their home is located just across the railroad tracks from her parents home.  Her father was a Minnesota Twins fan and when her son, Kevin, served overseas, MaryLou started recording the Twins games and sending snippets of information regarding the games to her son.  By the time he returned home, she was a full-fledged “Twins Fan”, recording games and keeping stats, even watching other teams games to keep up with what was going on.  She and Ron enjoyed playing Bingo, starting locally and eventually traveling to Mahnomen for bigger games.  Most notably, she won the $10,000 payout on their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends (Smear).  She beat her first round of cancer in 2000, but more recently went through another bout from 2007 to 2009.
        MaryLou is survived by her husband: Ron of Crookston; three sons and two daughters: Mark Gruhot of Crookston, June Berhow of Fertile, Sherry (Alan Melvie) LaPlante of Crookston, Ron Gruhot, Jr. of Crookston and Kevin Gruhot of Crookston; eleven grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren; four siblings: Ronald Donarski of Crookston, Adolph (Bernetta) Donarski of Crookston, Frank (Elaine) Donarski of Grand Forks, Carol (Denis) Kawlewski of Crookston.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Bella Donarski; an infant brother: Albertie; and two brothers: Leo Donarski and Irvin Donarski.
         MaryLou’s funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston on Sunday from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
        Online registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com

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