Norman Franklin Grethen , 78, went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday
March 12, 2015.
He was born near Mallard, Iowa and moved to the Eyota area when he was 15. He
graduated from Eyota High School and attended college in Rochester and North
Central College in Illinois where he enjoyed singing in a men’s Quartet.
In 1958 he married Patricia Higgins in Eyota and together they raised two children.
Norm had owned and operated a Tastee Freez in Chatfield, Oasis Drive Inn in St.
Charles and the Duet Restaurant in Minneapolis. He also was employed at the Top
Shop in Rochester as an installer. In retirement he drove cars for Rochester Auto
Auction and other dealerships, and ushered at Mayo Civic Center. He was a very
active member of the Grace Community Church in Eyota. Norm loved spending
time at his cabin in Northern Minnesota with his wife and riding his BMW
motorcycles. But his greatest pleasure was being with his children and
Survivors include his wife, Pat of Eyota; two children, Kim (Dan Fox) of Rochester,
Sean (Julie) Grethen of Rochester; four grandchildren, Jackie (Chad) Peterson,
Kyle Fitzpatrick, Alexis and Noah Grethen; three great grandchildren, Jadin, Nora
and Ella Peterson; three brothers, Dennis (JoAnn) Grethen of Eyota, Eugene
Grethen of Drexel, NC., Kenneth (DJ) Grethen of Eddy, Texas; two sisters, Carole
(Lyman) Felstead of Rochester and Sonja Root of Lorena, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dean, and three children.
Funeral service is Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11:00 am at Grace Community
Church in Eyota with Rev. Mark Young officiating. Burial is at the Oak Grove
Visitation is Monday, 5-8 pm at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota and one
hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
The family requests memorials to Grace Community Church.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 115 South St, Eyota, MN, 55934, 507-5455-2020,