Red Lake Falls - Howard Greenwald, 89, died on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake falls.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, November 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brooks, with Father Dan Noah presiding. Casket bearers included Rodney Wayne, Charles Simpson, David Eskeli, Melvin Eskeli, Claire Berberich and Jerry Freitag. Military honors were provided by the Plummer American Legion. Interment was held at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Plummer.
Howard Carl Greenwald was born on September 28, 1916 to John and Anna (Christenson) Greenwald, in rural Plummer. He was raised as a country boy and attended country school through grade eight, completing his schooling and graduating in 1934 from Pershing High School in Plummer. He worked and traveled in various parts of the United States until his marriage to Margaret Jaeger on November 8, 1941.
He entered the Army Corp of Engineers and served his country during World War II. After the war, the couple began raising their family. They sought work in various states with Howard utilizing his mechanical skills, in particular with heavy equipment, where he picked up his new middle name, “Caterpillar.” He settled in Plummer, living out his retirement years in unselfish service to his family and his community. Howard was much loved and admired by his family and his friends. He and Margaret were married 64 years.
Howard always tried to serve God and his fellow man. He always shared whatever he had, giving generously of his time and his money to anyone who needed him.
He served on many civic and church committees and boards. He was a City Council member. He was active in the Plummer American Legion (most recently as Chaplain), Plummer Senior Citizens, Plummer Community Club, MCCL, Inter-County Community Council, Red Lake County Fair Board, Knights of Columbus, and his Church Council. Howard was honored as an Outstanding Senior Citizen in Red Lake County, and Howard and Margaret received the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award in 2005. He had a special need to help feed and care for disadvantaged children, and recently has sponsored a child through Children International.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Sharon (Rodney) Wayne of Goodridge, Richard (Bonnie Seibel) of Stacy; Jolayne (Charles) Simpson of Plummer, Michael (Sandy Baune) of Plummer, Monte of Aurora, Colo., John (Mary Forbord) of Bloomington; 13 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, MaryAnn Gagner and Anne Jaeger; brother-in-law, James (Shirley) Jaeger; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Lloyd; brother, Walter; sisters, Myrtle Malwitz and Lorena Westerlund; brothers-in-law, Emil Malwitz and Gust Westerlund; father and mother-in-law, Nicholas and Helen Jaeger; brothers-in-law, Theodore Jaeger, Wallace Erickson, Harvey Gagner, and Joseph Jaeger; and sister-in-law, Audrey Jaeger.