Geraldine Martha (Granrud) Moum, age 95, of Dassel, formerly of Crosby, ND, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
Her funeral service will take place Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby, ND, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Concordia Cemetery following the service.
There was also visitation Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.
Geraldine was born March 1, 1924, in Short Creek Township, Portal, ND, the daughter of Theodore Gerhard and Gertrude Margaret (Dewing) Granrud.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby. She had been attending Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with her granddaughter’s family for the past few years.
Geraldine grew up in the Short Creek area, where she attended country school and, in the 10th grade, started to attend Columbus High School in Columbus, ND, graduating in 1942.
In September of 1942, Geraldine sat for the teacher’s exam and then attended a summer program at Minot State College. She taught for a total of eight years in the classroom. Most of those years were in small country schools in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
Geraldine was united in marriage to Marvin Leroy Moum Nov. 4, 1945, at the Glenwood Lutheran Church in rural Crosby, ND.
Geraldine was employed as an agricultural clerk July 11, 1952, at the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service office (ASCS) in Crosby, where she was employed for 30 years.
Following the death of her daughter, husband, and granddaughter, Geraldine accepted with love the job of raising her granddaughter, Misti.
Geraldine and Marvin’s marriage ended in 1973.
Geraldine retired Jan. 4, 1985, and took a month’s vacation to the east coast with her granddaughter, Misti. They spent time together in Washington DC, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, NY. Yes, she even bravely drove in downtown New York City.
Geraldine enjoyed spending time having coffee with her friends. She loved her family with a ferocious love, a love that transcended distance. She enjoyed driving and taking drives through the countryside, and after she couldn’t drive, she always enjoyed taking a ride or going shopping.
Geraldine was an avid walker for most of her life and would compete in the Crosby Fun Run. At the age of 90, she was the oldest participant to compete.
She had crocheted numerous afghans over the years for family and friends, and also enjoyed crocheting clothing for china dolls.
An avid reader, Geraldine often read to her grandchildren for hours. She loved children and would keep candy in her purse, becoming known as the “Candy Lady” to children. She enjoyed giving candy to a child to brighten their day just a little bit.
Geraldine was involved in many civic organizations. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Crosby; a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employee’s); and had served as an election judge for numerous years.
She is survived by her granddaughter, Misti (Thomas) Johnson of Dassel; great-grandsons, Tavis Johnson and Kjel Johnson of Dassel; sister Delores Aaberg of rural Noonan, ND; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Charles Grochow; infant granddaughter, Kristi Grochow; siblings Gerdius and her husband, Myron Watterud, Dale and his wife, Marie Granrud, and Delano Granrud; and her former husband, Marvin Moum.