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Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”


Wed, Feb 26th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Christian “Chris” Sebastian Grutzmacher “Mr. G”, 67, of Chatfield, Minn., died Saturday, February 22, 2014, of natural causes.

He was born July 10, 1946, in Winona, Minn., to Walter and Ida (Gillingham) Grutzmacher of Lewiston, Minn. Chris graduated from Lewiston High School and Winona State University majoring in English and Theatre. He taught one year in Grand Meadow and then 27 years at Chatfield High School. His passion for theatre led him to producing remarkable theatrical productions in high school and community theatre. He especially enjoyed making possible and chaperoning the senior class trips to Disney World. After retiring from teaching he became a custom florist, owning and operating Chatfield Floral.

Chris was an avid bridge player and loved the season of Christmas, collecting and displaying many beautifully themed Christmas trees.

Survivors include a brother, William “Bill” (Vonnie) Grutzmacher of Altoona, Wis.; and a sister, Kathleen Grutzmacher of Rochester, Minn.; nephews and nieces, Kevin (Deb) Grutzmacher of St. Paul, Minn., Kurt (Cherie) Grutzmacher of Elk River, Minn., Kelly (Larry) Rowekamp of Houston, Minn. and Jon (Cindy) Grutzmacher of Hurst Texas; six grand-nephews; five great-grand-nephews; and two great-grand-nieces.

He was precede in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, at Chatfield Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mark Docken officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour before the services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

Chris took his final curtain call unexpectedly, and will be loved and missed greatly by his family, friends, clients, bridge partners and former students.

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