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Henrietta Grinwis

November 28, 1918 ~ January 10, 2020

Service: January 15, 2020 11:00 A.M.
   Location: Churchill Cemetery Manhattan, MT
Graveside Service: January 15, 2020 11:00 A.M.
   Location: Churchill Cemetery Manhattan, MT

Henrietta (Etta) Dykman Grinwis passed away January 10, 2O20 at the age of 101. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Menko and Anna Dykman on November 28, 1918.  At the age of two the family moved Montana where they lived in Anceney.  Etta had two sisters and three brothers.

She attended grade school in Anceney and attended high school in Belgrade, MT and then transferred to Manhattan High School where she graduated in 1936.   After graduating from high school, she attended Muskegon School of Business in Muskegon, Michigan.  When she graduated from there, she went to work for John Wood Mkg. Co.  She met and married Benjamin Grinwis there and had four children.  Carole (Baker), Phyllis (Geldof) and twin boys, Don and Dale.  In 1950 the family moved to Bozeman and farmed in the Three Forks.  In 1955, they built a home in Bozeman at 511 W. Peach St. and the home is still there.  She was employed by the MSU-Civil Engineering department as a private secretary, all the while being a full-time mother and homemaker.  In 1980, she retired.  She twice battled breast cancer. 

Etta worked hard so her children could attend Manhattan Christian School, grade school and high school.  All four children attended MCS from 1st grade through 12th, which Ben and Etta were proud of.  Ben worked in the grocery business and in “potatoes.”  They were Charter members of the Bozeman Christian Reformed Church. Ben and Henrietta were married for 62 years.

Mom and Dad's home was always a landing pad for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Etta's life revolved around the Bible, her Church, and her family.  She was a shining, example of what a faithful Christian looked like.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carole (Baker) in 1988; husband, Ben in 2001; daughter, Phyllis (Geldof) in 2017; and her son, Dale, in 2019.  She is survived by son, Don (Theda), daughter-in-law Sharon Grinwis; sister-in-law, Maxine Dykman, granddaughter, Dana Grinwis, who was very close to her; granddaughter’s, Kari Leep, Amy Grinwis, Terri and Sheryl; grandsons, Scott, Marshall, Mark, Jeff and Artie; 13 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews as well as many cousins.

There will be graveside service on Wed. Jan. 15, at 11a.m., at the Churchill Cemetery. Pastor Bryan Hughes of Grace Bible Church will be officiating.  Every Sunday morning Etta would listen to Pastor Bryan on the radio.  On Mondays at Edgewood Vista she would enjoy the Bible study by Bill Bell of Grace Bible Church along with his daughter, Tiffany.  Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be refreshments at Bethel Christian Reformed Church after the service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista of Belgrade for the wonderful care that they gave Etta.  Also thank you to Hospice of Bozeman Health for their care in her final days.

 

 

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