Mark E. Grosinger


(April 13, 2004)

Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, April 19 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell for Mark E. Grosinger, 81, who died peacefully Tuesday, April 13 in the presence of his immediate family at Deaconess Billings Clinic.

He was born March 24, 1923, in the small town of Fingal, N.D. He was youngest of four children and has joined his sisters, Eleanor and Margaret, and his brother, Paul, in the Lord's hands.

Both sides of Mark's family, the Grosingers and the Baumgartners, immigrated from Pilgersdorf, Austria, to North Dakota, starting new lives in the land of the free. As a teenager, Mark joined the Civil Conservation Corps and moved to Sydney, Mont. He then went to college at North Dakota State in Fargo.

In 1942, at the age of 19, after one and a half years of college, like others his age, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

From 1942 to 1946, he served his country in Europe during World War II as a first lieutenant and pilot for the 315th Troop Carrier Group of the Army Airborne. In 1953, he began a career in the lumber business, as a distinguished and award-winning manager, and continued to work until 2003.

He served his community in many service clubs and organizations, as well as youth baseball. He participated in the VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and ascended to Captain of the Powell Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Jean Grosinger of Powell; four children, Matthew Grosinger (Andrea), Mary Coats (Tom), Lawrence Grosinger (Robin) and Julie Burgener (Eric); five grandchildren, Gwen Mary Bustos (Nick), Leah Jeanette Grosinger, Jesse Thomas Grosinger, Veronica Jean Burgener and Olivia Ann Burgener; and one great-grandchild, Lily Rose Bustos.

Memorials may be given to the Powell American Legion Baseball team, P.O. Box 57, Powell, WY 83435, or the Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. 6th St., Powell, WY 82435-1895.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.