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AYER — Helen K. (Pearson) Gruhn, 90, of Ayer, died Friday, April 21, 2006, at the UMass Memorial Marlborough Hospital following a four-month struggle with pneumonia.

Her husband of 50 years, the Reverend Harold W. Gruhn, died in 1987.

Mrs. Gruhn was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 14, 1915, the daughter of William and Esther Pearson and resided 35 years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to Ayer in 1975.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Esther G. and Dr. Wesley Traub of Concord; and Marianne and Dr. John Weaver of West Glover, Vermont; three grandchildren, Jeremy C. Traub of Newton; Major Jonathan K. Weaver stationed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; and the Rev. Kirianne E. Weaver of Northville, N.Y. She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Estelle Miller of Alpha, Ill., and Dorothy Anne Kasel of Milwaukee, Wis., and nephews and nieces.

She was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Fitchburg where she sang in the choir every Sunday for many years.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing and cooking. Her life was devoted to her family and to her volunteer church work.

Mrs. Gruhn was very supportive of her husband’s ministry. For over three decades she assisted her husband in his duties as the pastor of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also served the church as the choir director, soprano soloist, superintendent of the Sunday School program and secretary, along with a myriad of other duties.

Funeral services will be at a time and date to be announced. Arrangements are being handled by the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Route 2A, in Ayer. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1200 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA O1420.

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