Robert Paul Gruber, age 62, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and formerly of Winona, Minn., died on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, Wis.
Robert was born on June 7, 1950, in Winona, Minn., to Paul and Ruth (Gappa) Gruber.
For more than 30 years, he worked at the Winona Knitting Mills until its closing in 2000. He then moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis., to work at Strauss Knitting until his death.
Robert is survived by his brother, Nicholas (Leanne) Gruber, Winona, Minn., sisters, Sharon (Randy) Sweazey, New Hope, Minn., and Theresa Gruber, Baltimore, Maryland, nieces and nephews, Michelle Gruber, Andrea (Matt) Whipps, Weston (Jessi) Sweazey and Allison Gruber; great-nieces and great-nephews, Isabella Whipps, Landon Timm and Sawyer Sweazey; dear friends, Gary and Barb Fratzke, Winona, Minn., as well as other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Phyllis, and foster sister, Jeanette.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The Very Reverend Richard Colletti will officiate.
Robert will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., where Deacon James Welch will lead a Christian Wake Service at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will also be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, August 2, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Weston Sweazey, Matt Whipps, Randy Sweazey, Gary Fratzke, Jim Breza and Jeff Breza.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Robert’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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