Clarice Myrah Grimstvedt
Clarice Myrah Grimstvedt was born to Gustav Myrah and Marie Jorgenson of Lillehammer, Norway in Holdfast, Saskatchewan on March 10, 1915. Clarice passed away at Elder’s Inn Care Center in Alameda on Oct. 5, 2014.
She attended a one-room country school until moving to Portland, Ore. where she graduated from high school. She attended business school and Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Wash. She worked as an office manager for an insurance company in Portland and was very active at Central Lutheran Church.
She moved to Minneapolis, Minn. to study at the Lutheran Bible Institute. Upon arrival, her childhood friend, Clyde Grimstvedt, a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, surprised her at the train station. They were married 10 months later back in Portland. After graduation from seminary, Clyde served churches in Vancouver, Seattle and San Mateo with Clarice as a partner in ministry.
The family lived in Oakland and Minneapolis where Clyde served with the national Lutheran Church. Clarice was always involved with their church communities, served as a Cub Scout Leader and volunteered with the Fairview Hospital Auxiliary.
Two years prior to retirement Clyde and Clarice moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif. where Clyde worked in the development office of California Lutheran University and Clarice worked in the College administration offices. Clyde passed away a year after they retired in 1982.
Clarice enjoyed her volunteer work with the college, especially the annual Scandinavian festival and the Conejo Valley symphony. In 1992 Clarice moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to be close to her family, living in Alameda, and then at Baywood Court in Castro Valley.
Clarice was a very talented person who embraced everything she did with enthusiasm and hospitality. She loved to entertain and she touched many lives with her gracious and loving spirit. Clarice was a remarkable seamstress and artist; she enjoyed Norwegian Rosemalling, weaving and pottery, knitting and needle craft. She became a realtor in order to help her four children attend college.
Traveling was another passion for Clarice with trips to Europe, China, Africa and South America. She especially loved coordinating and traveling to Myrah family reunions in the U.S. and Canada.
She lived life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her joy of life and care for family and others.
Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde and son-in-law John Hiemenga.
She is survived by her sister, Mae Petersen of Medford, Ore.; two daughters, Carol (Gary) Cockrell of Kalispell, Mont. and Mary Hiemenga of Alameda; two sons, Mark (Erica) Grimstvedt of San Mateo and Rolf (Kathleen) Grimstvedt of Kerrville, Tex.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Doris Larson of Oakland and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo.
Memorial gifts may be given to California Lutheran University, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.
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