Albin Albert Greshowak
Albin Albert Greshowak, age 73 of Hutchinson, and formerly of Lester Prairie, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 at Birchwood: The Mary Burich House in Hutchinson.
He was born the only son of Albin and Laverna (Seeman) Greshowak June 30, 1931 in Silver Lake. Albin was baptized July 14, 1931 by the Rev. J. A. Schert at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Known to all as “Junior,” Albin was born with cerebral palsy at a time when therapy for the malady was not widely known. As such, his mother, Laverna, took it upon herself to work with him, taking him to school, and encouraging him to “believe in himself.”
During his life, Albin lived in Hutchinson, Brownton, Stewart, and finally, Lester Prairie, where he lived for more than four decades.
Through the years, Junior developed a keen interest in country music, attending numerous country shows, including many at the Flame Cafe in Minneapolis, where he met such artists as Patsy Cline.
But the first country artist Junior met was Eddy Arnold, when the singer made a stop at a Minneapolis radio station in the 1950s. The encounter led to a string of close friendships with other country artists such as Marvin Rainwater, Dave Dudley, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Texas Bill Strength, whose sons, Dale and Bob, were among Albin’s casket bearers.
Rainwater and other artists performed at a local benefit for cerebral palsy in 1958, which was coordinated by Junior and his mother to raise funds, and most importantly, public awareness of the disease.
In addition to country music, Junior also enjoyed driving his scooter, and later his golf cart, along the streets of Lester Prairie.
In December 2001, Junior and his mother were moved to Cedar Crest Estates in Hutchinson. After his mother’s death in February of 2002, Junior continued to live at Cedar Crest Estates in Hutchinson until a week before his death.
Albin was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his aunts: Marcella Geertgen (husband Lloyd) of Lester Prairie, Caroline Kempfert of Hopkins, and Orbena Lampher of Olivia; cousins Sheila Jilek (husband Doug) of Lester Prarie, Diane Dobe of Princeton, and Arlene Dibb (husband Doug) of Lester Prairie; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Gerald Schwanke officiating. The organist was Kay Gueningsman and the congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Just As I Am,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery in Lester Prairie.
Visitation took place two hours prior to the service at church.
Serving as casket bearers were Doug and Sheila Jilek, Annette Plowman, Dale Strength, Bob Strength, and Everett Hantge.
The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie handled the arrangements.