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Carol Grinaker

Carol Grinaker

Nov. 26, 1929-Sept. 21, 2013

Carol Jeanne Grinaker, 73, died on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Carol Jeanne Fark was born to Theodore and Pearl Fark on November 26, 1929 in St. Cloud. The family moved to Detroit Lakes when Carol was a young girl. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and Concordia College in Moorhead.

Carol married Vernon Finn Grinaker on May 26, 1951. She taught for many years at Moorhead Technical College. She and Finn were charter members of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, where they faithfully served for many years. They were both dedicated to the mission and ministry of Concordia College throughout their lives.

Carol continued to be a loyal supporter of Cobber athletics as well as the many cultural opportunities Concordia offered. For the last several years she volunteered in the Critical Care Unit at Sanford Health, comforting and providing support to families in their time of need.

Carol touched countless lives with her compassion, caring and generosity. She lived every day of her life with grace, dignity and beauty.

Surviving Carol are her three daughters, Kristen (Warren) Whitworth, Kathryn Oppegard and Mary Grinaker (Laura); as well as daughter-in-law Kathleen Grinaker.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Ann) Fark; and sister, Harriet (Bruce) Barrett.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Finn; and her son, David.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, with interment at Prairie Home Cemetery, Moorhead.

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