May 31, 2019

Margaret J. Grorud, 91, of Hutchinson died May 31, at Sanford Health in Fargo, North Dakota. Funeral service was Monday, June 10, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Scott Grorud and the Rev. Dave Wollan officiating. Organist was Sharon Barton. Soloists were Ryan and Lauren Walker, singing “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.” Congregational hymns were “The Church’s One Foundation,” “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” “Lift High the Cross” and “Thine Is the Glory.” Casket bearers were her six grandsons.

Margaret June (Waage) Grorud was born May 23, 1928, in Noonan, North Dakota. She was the youngest child of Rev. Knud Olav and Gunda Waage. She was baptized into the Christian faith by her father at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Noonan July 1, 1928, and confirmed her faith there on June 7, 1942.

Margaret received her education in Noonan, graduating from Noonan High School in 1945. She then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1949. She taught high school English in Thief River Falls and Alexandria.

In 1951, she met Orville Grorud, a student from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, who was helping out her father in Noonan during the summer. They were married June 1, 1953, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Noonan by her father. They shared more than 42 years of marriage before Orville died March 30, 1996. Their union was blessed with four children, Kristin Margaret, Kathryn Anne, Alison Jean and Scott Michael.

Margaret was a faithful partner in ministry with Orville, and together they served parishes in Velva, North Dakota; Columbia Falls, Montana; Conrad, Montana; Sandpoint, Idaho and Great Falls, Montana. She played the organ, directed church choirs, was active in women’s ministry and attended countless Bible studies. Her knowledge of the Bible and Lutheran theology was extensive. She and Orville loved to play Scrabble (recording their highest scores inside the game’s box cover), card games and simply spending time together.

In 2007, Margaret moved to Hutchinson, where she resided for all but the last three months of her life. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she was warmly welcomed and found a home in a variety of Bible study groups. Her driving passions in life were her Christian faith, as it was expressed and nurtured in the Lutheran Church, and her family, for every member of which she prayed by name every day. She loved classical music, reading and caring for her family. She took immense pride in having 11 Lutheran pastors over five generations among her family members.

Margaret is survived by her children, Kristin Walker and her husband Thomas of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kathryn Gemar and her husband Gary of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Alison Torgersen and her husband Jack of Cokato and Scott Grorud and his wife Shelly of Hutchinson; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ryan Walker and his wife Lauren and their children, Meredith and Joel of Seoul, South Korea, Karen Seifert and her husband Michael and their children, Thomas, Sean and baby Bennett (due in August 2019) of Portland, North Dakota, Nathan Walker and his wife Megan and their children, Adam and Anna, of Seoul, South Korea; Kjersti Braunstein and her husband Jeff and their children, Frida, Oscar and Arlo; Seth Gemar and his wife Alexis Zoulas and Kaitlin Gemar, all of Seattle, Washington, Lars Torgersen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Julia Torgersen of Ames, Iowa, Leif Torgersen of Cokato, Kirsten Grorud of Alexandria, Virginia and Andrew Grorud of Chicago, Illinois; sister Ruth Anne Polk of Lawrence, Kansas; sister-in-law Muriel Waage of Shakopee; and other relatives and friends. Margaret looked forward to gaining two “new” grandchildren this year, when Andrew marries Kathryn Brightly in July and when Kirsten marries Jared Noetzel in October.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Orville Grorud; parents Rev. K.O. and Gunda Waage; brother Wesley Waage; and brother-in-law Les Polk.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.

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