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1972, at the age of 78 after a lengthy illness.
Paul and Lena had five daughters:
Ethylin - (refer to Beatty, James and Ethelyn).
Doris is the second daughter of Paul and Elena Gronback. I was born in Vegreville, Alberta, and came to Manitoba with my parents and older sister, Ethylin, when
Paul and Lena Gronback and girls.
my dad returned to farm the family farm. My pre-school days were happy ones and I played with my sisters and spent time with our grandparents who shared the farm yard with us. During my elementary school years, my greatest delight in the summer holidays was to stay with our aunt Mrs. Bertha Lee (dad's only sister), and our cousins Oscar, Clarence, and Peter.
I took grades one through ten at Tales School. For grade ten, I had hoped to go to Erickson High School but my parents quickly ended that idea when they informed me that I would remain at Tales School and take correspondence lessons from the Department of Education Correspondence Branch. At first, I was bitterly disappointed and decided to cry until I died, but after three days of crying, no more tears came. Emma Carlson shared my fate, and before I knew it, I was having a good time. I did get to attend Erickson High School though, for grades 11 and 12. I had always wanted to be a nurse and was taking grade 12 with that in mind. It was at that time that the Department of Education declared an extreme teacher shortage and in the spring of 1942 they circulated application forms throughout the high schools for interested students to apply for the six-week Short Course, to be held in Win nipeg for prospective permit teachers. I applied and was accepted and with the help of my sister, Ethylin, and her husband, Jim Beatty, who consented to share their
apartment in Winnipeg with me, my teaching career of seven years began. I taught for two years as a permit teacher before graduating from the Provincial Normal School in Winnipeg in June, 1945.
On Oct. 25, 1952, Kenneth Ainge of Penhold, Alberta, and I were married at Danvers Bethel Lutheran Church. Our attendents were: Dave Wallace, Emma Wallace, Ina (Ainge) Strand, Lyla (Gronback) Smith; with Darlene (Johnson) Anderson and Kenneth Beatty as flower girl and ring bearer respectively; and Irvin Strand and Roy Berg as ushers. Little did Kenneth and I realize that day that two-and-one-half years later, Irvin would be walking Ina down the aisle again, but this time as his bride.
We farmed until April, 1969, though we sold the farm to Stan Collier, Kenneth's cousin, in July, 1968. We purchased a home in Red Deer and the girls and I moved into it in time for the opening of school that fall. Kenneth remained on the farm until the machinery and animal sale was over in April, 1969. Our three children were born while we lived on the farm. They are: Darlene, born Dec., 1953; Lorraine, Oct., 1956; and Blanche, June, 1959.
They all graduated from Lindsay Thurber Com prehensive High School in Red Deer. Darlene attended Berean Bible College, Calgary, where she met her husband, Ric Munro, of Penticton, BC. They were married in May, 1973 and have two children, John and Elizabeth. They are presently serving as missionaries to the Turks in Adana, Turkey, under Operation Mobilization. Lorraine graduated from the University of Calgary in 1979 with a B.Ed. and Early Childhood Diploma. She taught two years after which she received her permanent teaching certificate. At present, she is substitute teaching while recovering from back surgery. Blanche graduated from Red Deer College with a cer tificate in Business Administration. She married Gerald Pilon of Red Deer in Sept., 1979. They lived in the village of Penhold for three years and then moved into Red Deer in Dec., 1982. Gerald is a fourth year apprentice car penter and Blanche is a bookkeeper.
Kenneth is semi-retired and I do secretarial work. Violet Esther is the third daughter of Paul and Elena Gronback. She attended the Tales School, grades 1 to 9. She took grade 10 and 11 at Erickson High School, took summer school the following summer and taught one year on Permit as teachers were scarce due to the war. After that, she took a Business Course in Brandon and worked for one and a half years at the Creamery in Souris and one and a half years at the Creamery in Erickson.
At Erickson, she met Joseph Soltys and married him on August 2, 1948. Joe was a mechanic and they lived at Clear Lake until October when they moved back to Erickson until winter. He was unemployed until April of 1949 and then found work in Brandon as mechanic and lived there four years. The garage folded and Joe was offered a job in Portage. Later Joe went into Plumbing. They have made their home in Portage la Prairie since.
Violet has worked off and on at different jobs - kindergarten teacher, Assistant Bookkeeper, and waitress. She has many hobbies.
Violet and Joseph have three daughters: Darla (July 16, 1952) born in Brandon, and married to Myroslav Fedorowich, with son Ivan Paul. Her husband is in the