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Emily A. Bruvold

September 13, 1942 — January 9, 2023


Emily Bruvold, 80, of Wahpeton, ND, passed away Monday, January 9, 2023, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, ND.

Emily Alberta Wanek was born in Breckenridge, MN, on September 13, 1942, to Fred and Rose (Hestra) Wanek. She attended Breckenridge schools, where she graduated.

She was married to Harvey Grinager in 1962, and they were blessed with two daughters, Susan and Sandee. The couple farmed northwest of Wahpeton.

In 1986 Emily married Peder Bruvold Jr. and they made their home in Wahpeton. The couple enjoyed long walks along the river, drives in the country and visiting with neighbors. For many years they wintered in Green Valley, AZ.

Emily lived a life of service. She volunteered at local churches, care centers and the Valley Food Shelf. Emily was an artist and enjoyed painting, woodworking, quilting and crafting. She was also a gardener and could grow some of the nicest hollyhocks

Emily will be missed by her husband, Peder; daughters, Susan (Keith) Kissell and Sandee Erickson; grandchildren, Ashley (Nate) Weber, Matthew (Margot) Kissell, and John Erickson; great-grandchildren, Weston and Madison Weber and Olivia Kissell; sisters, Evelyn (Arlen) Spear and Celia Rossow; Pete’s children, Roger Bruvold, Sabrina Chapman, Reynold Bruvold, Peder Bruvold, and Brett Bruvold.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Rose, siblings; Elaine Rossow, Lucille Korth, Leonard Wanek, Edmund Wanek, John Wanek, Cecil Wanek, and Cecily Wanek.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry 699 8th Ave S Wahpeton, ND 58075.

Emily’s family would like to thank the staff at St. Francis Hospital, CHI Hospice, and St. Catherine’s Living Center for their wonderful care.


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