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Edmund Anthony Grundmayer
Service: A celebration of Ed's life will take place at a later date
Location: To Be Announced

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, Edmund Anthony Grundmayer, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 83.

Ed was born on April 15, 1937 in Raeville, Nebraska to Joseph and Elizabeth (Kuhlman) Grundmayer. As a teenager, he studied at St. John’s Preparatory School and then received a bachelor’s degree in Theology from St. John’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After college, he joined the Order of Saint Benedict. He went on to teach at his former prep school and serve in parishes throughout northern Minnesota and North Dakota. Ed later earned a master’s degree in Religious Education from Fordham University. On May 7, 1972, he married Cathy Ann Lloyd in New York City. They raised their three daughters, Carrie, Kristen, and Courtney, in Montgomery County, Maryland.

He spent the majority of his career with the Prince George’s County Health Department as the Director of the Cheverly Drug Addiction Treatment Center. He was grateful to have worked with many committed colleagues and to have had a positive impact on the lives of their clients.

Ed was the definition of a “gentle” man. He was kind and generous and loved his “girls.” He and Cathy Ann spent 48 wonderful years together. His years were filled with all things family, from walking the floors with crying babies, to watching the kids’ sporting events, to seeing them graduate from college and settle into their careers. After retiring in 2008, he enthusiastically took on the job of “Grandpa,” first to granddaughter, Colbie, and then grandson, Caleb. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, whether as a coach, a fan, helping them fix something they broke, or just hanging out watching movies. With the grandkids, it was game time (which he mostly lost), pushing them in the hammock, attending their school events, or watching them grow.

Ed was an avid politico, always up-to-date on the current news. He loved classical music and learning about history, particularly the Civil War and World War II. His favorite foods were shrimp and just about any soup. He enjoyed watching and supporting his favorite teams, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers and The Maryland Lady Terps. He liked to keep his mind sharp, always working on Sudoku, crossword puzzle, or brain teaser.

He enjoyed travelling. Through the years, most family trips were to the farm in Nebraska, and to Minnesota to visit family and old friends, with many interesting stops along the way such as a World’s Fair, Lincoln Land, and Churchill Downs. A highlight of his travels was a trip to Peru to visit Kristen, while she was teaching in Lima and Huaraz. They toured the country and he took hundreds of pictures to document their adventures.

Volunteering and service were important parts of his life that he passed on to his children. For over 20 years, Ed and his family regularly volunteered and prepared food for a local soup kitchen, SOME (So Others Might Eat). Ed, Cathy Ann, and his family organized the Thanksgiving food drive at St. Elizabeth’s Church for a local non-profit, Community Reach of Montgomery County, which they also supported in many other ways.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Elizabeth, his brothers Joseph, Jerome (Elvira), Ferdinand, and Alvin, and his sister Adele. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Ann, his daughters Carrie (Christopher Graves), Kristen, and Courtney, and his grandchildren Colbie and Caleb. He is also survived by his brother Gerald (Barbara), his sister-in-law Kathie, and many other relatives and friends.

Our family would like to recognize Dr. James Bridges, MD, radiation oncologist with the Shady Grove Medical Center, for his exceptional care of our husband and father. We would also like to acknowledge the staff and doctors at the Casey House for their comfort and support over his last weeks, and for their continued efforts during these trying times.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made in his honor to Community Reach of Montgomery County, an organization which supports causes he was passionate about.

A celebration of his life will take place at a later date, when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

Ed was loved by his very large family and many friends, and he will be greatly missed.

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