Melvin Edward Grottenberg


The family of Melvin Edward Grottenberg sadly announces the passing of this dear and gentle man, with his family by his side, in Vernon BC on March 14, 2010 in his 98th year.

He was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married Mae Emes, whom he proudly called “the love of his life”. During the war years they made Ottawa their home and later settled in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Mel spent many years in the Canada Postal Service, retiring in 1972. He and Mae began their retirement life by building a beautiful cottage on Lake Superior. The camp became a second home to family and friends. They loved to “trailerize” and for many years made Texas their winter getaway. In 2004, to be closer to family, Mel and Mae made Vernon BC their home.

Mel was never idle. He was an avid carpenter and he loved gardening but nothing made him happier than playing cards and shooting pool with his family. His warm personality and great sense of humour always made family get togethers very special.

Mel was predeceased by his wife of 66 years; and his siblings Harold, Wilbert, Florence, John and Elsie. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Florence (Calgary), and children Bert (Darlene) Grottenberg in Vernon BC; Ila (Perry) Dagsvik of Red Deer Alta; and Marilyn (Paddy) Arthur of Chilliwack BC. His grandchildren Perry and Erik Dagsvik; Curtis, Peter and Kerri Mae Grottenberg; and Devin Arthur will be forever inspired by the strength of character of their grandpa. His great grandchildren Erika, Nikolas, Brittany, Jessica and Krista Dagsvik will cherish his memory fondly.


The family wishes to express the deepest appreciation to Dr. Gavin Smart for his years of loving care, the staff of Canterbury Court, Westridge Care Home, and 3 East at VJH, and the extraordinary caregivers of the North Okanagan Hospice Society. Thank you so much for making Mel’s years in Vernon so special.

A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C., V1T 1S4.

Melvin was a gentle man who cherished his family and was deeply loved by many. Melvin’s beautiful spirit will be remembered and celebrated forever.

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