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home : obituaries : obituaries April 30, 2016

4/25/2013 11:35:00 AM
Hilma M. Griswold and Russell (Russ) K. Griswold

Hilma M. Griswold
Hilma (Linde) Marie Griswold, age 94, of St. Croix Falls, Wisc. died March 11, 2013 at Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming, MN of natural causes. 

She was born November 6, 1918 to Dr. Herman Linde MD and Hilma Mae Linde in Cyrus, MN. Her mother died five days after Hilma was born in the flu epidemic and a five-year-old brother, Norman, died shortly thereafter. Her father remarried in three years to Inga Hippie and Hilma was blessed with two brothers from this union. The Lindes were a musical family and she had an excellent piano background and with her father’s musical friends they formed ensembles who would come over to the house and play. She also belonged to Campfire Girls. She was an alto in a girls’ quartet and sang in a group with her father.

Hilma worked at her dad’s drugstore and graduated from Cyrus High in 1936. She also worked as a maid as a student. Attending McPhail School of Music and The Mpls. School of Music she met Russ, her husband to-be. She earned a degree in voice in 1941 and got a job at Mound MN Public Schools, then Detroit Lakes and then she moved back to Minneapolis and married Russell Griswold June 10, 194, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus MN. Russ was on a three day pass out of Ft. Snelling. After the war ended Hilma raised the family while Russ taught school in Minneapolis and South Dakota for about five years. In Brainerd, MN in 1952 Hilma returned to teaching with her youngest now 3 years-old. She taught in Pillager Public Schools for two years. After she had another baby Hilma turned to teach voice in a private arts studio from 1955 to 1960. She helped many youth prepare for competitions and auditions.

Whether teaching or not she was always around the Brainerd area playing or singing at weddings, funerals and special events, and was organist at First Lutheran Church also. In 1960 they moved to Wisconsin and Hilma taught second grade music for 24 years at St. Croix Falls until 1978. There were many operettas and she was involved with the Alpine Chorus. After retiring, Hilma substitute taught and traveled. From 1990 until Easter Sunday 2009 she played organ at United Methodist in St. Croix Falls. There were a grand total of 70 years’ musical service for her faith, with involvement in Center City and Lindstrom MN churches and North Heights Lutheran in Roseville, MN.

She is preceded in death by mother Hilma, brother Norman, father Herman, and stepmother Inga Linde, and sisters-in-law Marcella Linde and Janice Linde. She is survived by: sons Lynn (Rene) Griswold, Dean (Diane) Griswold, Byron Grsiwold; three grand daughters and two great grandsons; two brothers Erling Linde and Llewellyn Linde, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was March 15 at United Methodist Church, St. Croix Falls, Wisc, with rev. Michael Weaver officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Bill, Mark Bill, David Linde, Eric Linde, Justin Witte and James Young. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Grandstrand Funeral Home, Lindstrom, MN.

Russell Griswold
Russell (Russ) K. Griswold, 87, St. Croix Falls, passed away May 16, 2003 at the St. Croix Falls Hospital. Russell was born September 12, 1915 in Minneapolis to Arthur and Clara (Holter) Griswold. 

He graduated from Edison High School in 1933, in Minneapolis. Russ received his Bachelors and Masters Degree from the Minneapolis College of Music. He later attended the University of South Dakota-Bookings, majoring in Sociology. His teaching career spanned 40 years, instructing thousands of children with the love of music in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He taught in Cresbard and Brookings, SD, Fosston, Minneapolis, Benson, Brainerd, Stillwater, Windom and New Richland, MN; and St. Croix Falls, WI. Russ also directed many church choirs, and as well directed Army bands at Fort Snelling during World War II while assigned to MPZI Military Police, 710th Battalion, Company A, Zone interior. 

He was also offered a job at Los Alamos, NM in the mid 1950s at the high school there. Once retired, Russ substitute taught multiple subjects in many area schools and especially enjoyed Junior High-aged students, and continued to direct the United Methodist Church’s Choir. Russ directed the choir for the final time on an Easter Sunday, the greatest celebration Sunday of the church year. This was truly a magnificent culmination of a 65 year choral music career. He and wife also enjoyed winter breaks in Harlingen, TX. 

Russell was preceeded in death by parents Arthur and Clara Griswold; brothers Robert and Ervin Griswold; sister-in-law Maret Griswold; brother-in-law William Hudson. His wife Hilma Linde Griswold recently passed away (and the family requested their notices run together in this paper.) 

He is also survived by sons Lynn (Rene), Dean (Diane), and Byron Griswold; three granddaughters; two sisters, Margaret Bill (Norman) and Alice Hudson; sister-in-law Elisabeth Griswold; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at United Methodist Church, St. Croix Falls, WI. Reverend Mark Peacock, officiating, Barbara Schneewind, Organist, Robert Frieze, Vocalist, Jane Linde-Capistran, Violinist. Pallbearers were Lary Bill, Mark Bill, Lynn Griswold, Dean Griswold, Nicholas Koenig and Justin Witte, Honorary Pallbearers, Rex Adams, Carl Peterson, Norman Bill, Robert McKusick, Russell Speed, Earl Prall, Harold Willis and Thomas Wyatt. 

Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Funeral arrangements were with Grandstrand Funeral Home of Lindstrom.

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