In loving memory of

Mark Brian Grunklee
December 31, 1957 - April 27, 2020

Mark Brian Grunklee, age 62, of Kasson, MN died Monday, April 27, 2020 at Hiawatha Group Home in Rochester, MN.
Mark was born in Rochester, MN on December 31, 1957 to parents, Alfred and Jacqueline (Schauer) Grunklee. He was the oldest of five children. Mark graduated from Kasson Mantorville High School in 1976. He was active in many sports including football and wrestling in which he excelled and held school records. Mark was an accomplished carpenter and loved to build furniture.
On March 3, 1979 he was married to Ann Bartel and during their marriage they had two children, Kristy and Kelly.
At age 24, Mark acquired a life threatening illness. He was strong enough to get through it however his life was forever changed. After this Mark spent his remaining years in several group homes where he enjoyed his housemates, playing cards and listening to music. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Mark is survived by his daughters, Kristy Grunklee of Hudson, WI and Kelly (Kevin) Behnke of Parker, CO; grandchildren, Cora Grunklee, Aidan and Declan Behnke; mother, Jackie Grunklee of Byron, MN; siblings, Sandy (Danny) Hanson of Byron, MN, Amy Grunklee of Norwalk, CT and Mike (Holly) Grunklee of Eagan, MN; nieces, Stacy Hanson and Ava Grunklee; nephews, Ryan Hanson and Alex Grunklee; several grand nieces and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Grunklee; sister, Terri Grunklee; grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.
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Bernice King wrote on May 1, 2020:

"Love and Prayers to the Grunklee family especially Mother Jackie so sorry to learn of the passing of Mark May he rest in peace and there to meet him in heaven is Dad Al May God Bless"

Dave Christenson wrote on Apr 29, 2020:

"RIP my friend"

Pat Anway wrote on Apr 29, 2020:

"Good memories of Mark and going to Fairbault camping and having fun. Great guy to be around. "

Victoria Dunford Leibfried wrote on Apr 29, 2020:

"Mark was always kind to me. So nice attending school with him."

Lori Miller wrote on Apr 29, 2020:

"Condolences to the Grunklee family, Hanson family and especially Kristi and Kelly."

Michelle (Shelly) Holmquist wrote on Apr 28, 2020:

"I did not spend my childhood in Kasson, but did spend all of high school and graduated with Mark in 1976. Mark was an awesome wrestler, and I always enjoyed watching him when I was at matches. He always had a fun spirit about him, and always willing for some shenanigans. Mark was friendly, kind, generous and let's not forget handsome. His life took a very bad turn, but through the years was still thought about by his classmates ? Prayers of comfort to his family and our friends?"

Doug Buck wrote on Apr 28, 2020:

"I have fond memories of Mark growing up. My thoughts are with the family. Doug Buck"