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Warren A. Grenier

Issue Date: August 8, 2019

Warren A. Grenier, 95, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg, one week before his 96th birthday.

Born Aug. 10, 1923, in Marinette, to William and Ella (Kraus) Grenier, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1941 and attended U.S. Maritime School, Fort Trumbull, in New London, Ct. He became a Lieutenant, licensed as a Marine Engineer of both steam and diesel vessels for any waters and any tonnage by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

He spent two years on Great Lakes ore carriers for Pittsburg Steamship Co. and then sailed on ocean going vessels to ports in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Most memorable was the invasion of France in June of 1944 and shuttle runs during that summer to the beach heads of Normandy, Utah and Omaha, carrying troops and supplies across the English Channel from South Hampton, England.

After World War II, he was discharged from the United States Coast Guard for his service during the war and remained on the ocean going vessels until May of 1947, traveling to many ports in Europe, North Africa and South America. He then returned to Marinette and worked at Ansul Co. for 38 years, retiring in 1985 as Chief Tool Engineer.

In April of 1949, he married Frances Gajewski in Peshtigo and in retirement they spent 20 winters in Weslaco, Tx. They were married for 60 years until her death in October of 2009.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, their cabin in Silver Cliff and working with wood and metal. He remained active, bike riding well into his 90's.

He is survived by five children, Wayne Grenier, Deborah Grenier (Mr. Jan Pearce), Jeff (Katie) Grenier, Michelle (Jim) Conlin and Janet (Dan) Groleau; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Irene Gajewski; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; two brothers, Roland (Marcella) Grenier and William Jr. (Catherine) Grenier; three sisters, Doris (Victor) Neshek, Joyce (Edward) May and Carole (Dale) Dobbins; parents-in-law and a brother-in-law, Ted Gajewski.

Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 4 p.m. until time of a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, Aug. 9 at Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Bergstadt officiating. Entombment will be in Forest Home Mausoleum.


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