Earl Theodore Gramling, 88

Earl Theodore Gramling, 88, of Le Center, died on November 7, 2018. Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. concluding with a KC Service at Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 


Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Center. Military honors will be provided by the Le Center Area Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. Mary's Church.


Earl was born on November 23, 1929, in St. Paul to Earl J. and Helen M. (Scott) Gramling. He graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul in 1947, then attended St. Thomas University. He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1948 to 1949. 


Earl then enrolled in Mankato State Teacher’s College where he was the captain of the football team and received his Master’s Degree. 


Earl was united in marriage to Irene T. O’Leary in St. Paul on June 26, 1954. He was a High School Principal at Alden High School from 1954 to 1969, and Le Center High School from 1969 to 1989.


Earl was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Le Center Community Club, American Legion Post 108, Ancient Order of Hibernians, MN Football Coaches Association, and National Educators Association. Earl was inducted into the MN State High School League Football Coaches Hall of Fame. 


He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed sports, primarily football and never missed an opportunity to watch his grandchildren play any game. He also enjoyed playing a round of golf or game of cards with his friends. 


Earl and Irene spent a lot of time traveling throughout their retirement.


Earl is survived by his children, Theresa (Pat) Pribyl of New Prague, Margaret (Brian) Saeger of Shakopee, and David (Julia) Gramling of Le Center; siblings, Patricia Peterson of White Bear Lake, and Joseph (Carol) Gramling of St. Paul; grandchildren, Ryan Pribyl, Angela LaVoi, Kristin Pribyl, Tim Pribyl, Jeni Wetzel, Abby Bathel, Rachel Smith, Joe Gramling, Sam Gramling, John Gramling, Anne Anderson, and Michael Gramling; 33 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.


Earl is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene; parents; granddaughters, Jessica and Melissa Saeger; Danner Pribyl; brother-in-laws, William Peterson and Howard O’Leary; sisters-in-law, Ethel Wrought, Alice Eichten and Muriel Timm.


Arrangements are with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center. 507-357-6116. www.lecenterfuneralhome.



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