E. W. (Al) Grunow passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017. He was 94 years old.
Al was born July 28, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Elmer and Elizabeth Grunow. Al graduated from Rochester High School and served his country proudly as a Marine during WWII. Al met his first wife, Jean Bowden, while stationed in Corpus Christi. They married in September 1946, and their daughter, Laura Elizabeth, was born in October, 1947.
Al devoted over 30 years to Celanese Corporation, working his way up to instrument engineer, designing and managing multi-million projects for Celanese plants in Bishop, TX, Greer, SC, and consulted with engineers from Mexico on a new project outside Mexico City. While raising his family and working long hours at Celanese, Al attended night school for years, working towards his degree.
Al retired and settled in Corpus in the early 1980s. After Jeanís death in December 2000, Al returned to his love for dancing, where he met his second wife, Wanda Merle Coulson. They married in October 2005. Al loved telling the story about riding in a glider plane for his 80th birthday (a lifelong wish), jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for a tandem-parachute jump on his 81st birthday, and doing something scarier than those two things for his 82nd birthdayÖhe got married! Always that sense of humor!
Laura is Alís only child by birth, but Wandaís children, Rocky (Dawn) Mosser and Shelly (Suzanne) Mosser accepted Al and Laura as one of their own. Al became known as Daddy-Al, a name he wore with pride.
Anyone who knew Al loved his sense of humor, admired his work ethic, and envied the love he shared with his family and friends. From childhood, Al was the ultimate caregiver. He sent his wages home to help the family with the farm. When Alís father was wounded by run-away plow horses, Al helped his mother keep the farm going for a couple of years while his father recovered.
When Alís daughter contracted polio in the early 50s, Al spent the rest of his life caring for and worrying about Laura. Medical expenses were overwhelming in the beginning, so Al worked longer hours. Laura required physical therapy every day, twice a day, and Al made sure the sessions were never missed. Family vacations were arranged around Lauraís surgeries.
When Alís first wife, Jean, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1999, Al was her full-time caregiver, even through her final days at home.
Up until a few months before his death, Al was caregiver for his second wife, Wanda. Major back surgery required a lengthy recovery, and Al never wavered in his love and support for Wanda.
As part of Alís caring heart, Al was known for visiting family, friends, and co-workers any time they were sick or in the hospital. Dadís sense of humor was always welcome during his visit.
Anyone who was on Alís email list knew he loved sharing jokes. Some were corny, some rather risquť, but they were always shared with the hope of bringing smiles to faces. He succeeded many times over.
Al was taken from us too soon, but he shared his love of life, family, and friends with everyone he met. Al was a gentle man, caregiver, proud American/Marine, darn good dancer, amazing gardener, inventor, you name itÖhe did it and did it well.
Al is survived by his brother Robert (Marilyn) Grunow, his wife Wanda, his daughter Laura (Fred) Hewett, his step-children Rocky (Dawn) Mosser and Shelly (Suzanne) Mosser, his step-grandchildren Rockann (Daniel) Mosser and Clif Mosser. Al also leaves many nieces and nephews behind who loved him dearly and will miss their Uncle Al.
Please join us for a Memorial Service at Holmgreen Mortuary in Alice from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Alice.