Willy Grunte

Grunte- Unexpectedly but peacefully following a courageous 1 year battle with pancreatic cancer surrounded by her loving family at the Bluewater Health Palliative Care Unit, Sarnia on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Johanna Wilhelmina “Willy” Grunte, aged 77 yrs of Corunna. Beloved wife of 58 years to Pete Grunte. Loving mother of Brian Grunte (Valerie) of London, Todd Grunte (Kim Heath) and Shawn Grunte (AmyJo) all of Corunna. Treasured grandmother of Myles, Maizy, Liam and Molly. Willy was predeceased by; her infant son, Eric, her sister, Margaret Soepboer and by her brother, Arie Verwey. She will be fondly remembered by the many customers who got to know her during her time at Mark’s Work Warehouse in Sarnia. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. There will be no formal funeral service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the London Regional Cancer Clinic. Messages and condolences may be left online @ www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845.

Visitation Information

Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.


Canadian Diabetes Association London Regional Cancer Clinic

Funeral Date

There will be no formal funeral service at this time.

27 thoughts on “Willy Grunte”

  1. Paul & Ruby Aubin

    Paul & I are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of your family.

  2. Patricia Heath

    Pete Todd Kim and family

    We are so sorry to hear about Willy's unexpected passing. Willy was a kind and outgoing woman who loved her family. We always felt genuine caring from her.

    Our deepest condolences to all of you.

    Holding you close in thoughts and prayers.

    Patty Craig and Patrick

  3. Cindy (Kingston) Restivo

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this very difficult time. She was an amazing and strong lady and I know she loved her family very much. She treasured her grandchildren and the love she had for them. Bless you Willy, you are now pain free and we will miss you!

  4. I have known Willy for many years. We went thru highschool together and lived not close. Willy was a great woman whom we will miss.

  5. Sending my deepest condolences to you, Peter, and your family. Willy was an awesome lady and she always made me laugh xo

  6. Steve & Debbie Hicken

    Dear Shawn , AJ and family sending our love and condolences to your family .
    Thinking of you
    Luv Steve & Debbie

  7. Jack and Julianne Higdon

    Jack and I send our sympathies to you, the boys and their families. Peter, Willy was a beautiful woman and we will dearly miss her. I am glad I got to know her during our mall years, you as well. I will never forget our mall Christmas party with you both.
    God Bless and pick up the phone or send a note if we can help.

  8. At this time words cannot convey what impact the loss of Willy is to her family and friends. I feel blessed that I could call her my friend. One of Willy’s best attributes was that there were no sides to her; what you had was a lady whose beliefs never wavered; she didn’t waver from who she was. I am grateful that I spoke with her last week and we had our usual laughs, that is comforting to me.
    I know the pain that her family is enduring currently, and my heart goes out to you. I know all of you realize what a great lady she was.

  9. We will miss our Willy so much. She took this journey with such grace and bravery. Coffee Club will never be the same, Love to all the family from the LaPier family .

  10. I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your loving mother.
    My heart go out to you Todd, your father and brothers.
    My most sincere sympathy to all the Grunte family,🙏🏼❤️

  11. Dear Peter: I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful soul Willy has! She will be with you forever. Please know that the memories you have will be your happy thoughts. Drop in anytime for a visit! Lynn Dobson

  12. Milly & Larry Howes

    Willy was the most friendliest person we met when we moved to Corunna. Our lives went in different directions but if you met her at Mark's or on the street you always received her beautiful smile. She was an unique person and would help anyone. You gentlemen have awesome memories to remember her by. All the best in the coming days.

  13. Todd and family, sorry for loss may your mother always live forever in your hearts.

    Tina and Glenn

  14. Ron & Joan Fewster

    We would like to send our condolences to you and your family. Willy was such a lovely and friendly person. It was a pleasure to have known her.

  15. Holly Brown (Ryan)

    So Sorry to hear of Willy passing, she was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayer to you Pete and the whole family from Holly and my kids.

  16. On behalf of the Muhlig family, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to Peter and his family on the passing of Willy. Being close friends with her son Todd, we had the pleasure of getting to know her over the years. She was such a nice and caring person.
    Again our sympathies.
    Lorne and Teresa Muhlig and family.

  17. Bob and Marilyn johnson

    Pete and family……we are so sorry to hear of Willy’s passing. Can’t make visitation. Our thoughts are with you

  18. Jill King (née Thomson)

    Dear Todd:

    Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. I am in Sarnia until June 1st and would love to say hello if possible. You can leave a message with your contact details with my parents at 336 – 9063.

    Kind Regards,

  19. I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Grunte's passing. i recall her great spirit and wit- it was always a joy to see her and I appreciated her sense of humour. My thoughts remain.

  20. Caril Chambers-Degraaf

    I was deeply saddened to read of Willy's death. Please know I am thinking and praying for you and your family at this time.

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