Farrell Gruenbaum (101) of Vandalia


Published on April 28 2012 6:08 pm

Farrell Gruenbaum, 101, of Vandalia died at 5:10am Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Fayette County Hospital Long-Term Care.

Graveside services will be Thursday, April 19, at 1:30pm at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia with military rites by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post #95 of Vandalia.  Procession will begin at 1pm from Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Memorials to American Legion Honor Guard, Avenue of Flags or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  Condolences to www.hohltandfilefh.com.

She was born January 19, 1911 in Seminary Township in Fayette County, the daughter of Edward and Mary Leidner Eller.  She was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.  She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post #95, American Legion Auxiliary, AmVets, VFW Post #3862, VFW Auxiliary, Eagles Lodge #3901, Moose Lodge #1447, 8 and 40 Commander Club, and National Bowling Association.  She was a past commander of American Legion Post #95.  She was a machine operator for Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory, owned and operated Farrell's Coffee Shop, and worked at Fayco Enterprises in Vandalia.  She married Paul Gruenbaum on February 9, 1944 in Hondo, Texas.

Survivors include her nieces, Luella Forbis of Vandalia...and Rosemary McMillan and husband Donald of Brownstown.

She was preceded in death by her parents...her husband Paul...brothers, Teddy, Billy and Ernest "Ding" Eller...and sister, Ermel Eller.