Enid Rowena Grundman, 90, passed away peacefully on March 20 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston following a stroke. Enid was born on March 5, 1929, to Harry K. and Dora E. (Hickman) Rogers south of Mt. Etna in Adams County. She was the second youngest of 11 children (one child died soon after birth).
Enid attended country school near Mt. Etna and then graduated high school in Corning where she earned a teaching certificate. During part of her high-school years, Enid boarded in Corning and worked at the Adams County Farm.
Enid married Harry W. Grundman on Dec. 27, 1946, at the Mt. Etna Church of the Brethren; their union lasted 56 years until Harry’s death in 2003. Survivors include her children: Michael (Becky) Grundman of Corning, Debra (Jim) Blume of Johnston, LeAnn (Phil) Morris of Corning, Mark (Donna) Grundman of Croswell, MI, and Matthew Grundman of Branson, MO; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her younger sister Anita Coatney of Ames; companion Harold Freemyer of Clearfield; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings.
After her marriage, Enid worked at Securities Acceptance in Omaha before starting a family. She and Harry lived in Cairo, NE, for several years, farmed north of Prescott, and lived the rest of their lives in Corning beginning in 1960. She and her husband wintered at Apache Junction, AZ, for many years.
Enid made music a priority in her life wherever she lived. She played piano and sang in choirs at churches in Corning, Mt. Etna, Prescott, and Carl. She and her sisters, Zola and Anita, performed as a trio at various church services and events for many years, and she and Anita sang together in a choir and musical productions in Apache Junction. She was president of the Corning Music Club for a time. Enid introduced music to all her children and actively encouraged their pursuits. The family frequently sang together at home as she played the piano. In later years, Enid took particular enjoyment out of watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and fine-arts activities.
She was a founding board member of the Johnny Carson Birthplace Society in Corning. Other volunteer service included being president of the Corning Women’s Club, board member of the Departmental Club, circle leader at the United Methodist Church, and committee member for the local American Field Service Student Exchange Program. She also was a member of the Eastern Star and P.E.O.
Enid thoroughly enjoyed all the birthday cards and comments she received on the occasion of her recent 90th birthday.