Barry Gronli
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    This memorial website was created in the memory

of our loved one Barry Gronli who was born in

Minnesota on May 19, 1972 and passed away

on May 12, 2008 at the age of 35. Barry was a

loving father to Mitchell, Austin, Matthew, and

Alicia Gronli.  We will love and remember him forever.


  Don't think of him as gone away- his journey's just begun, life holds so many facets- this earth is only one. Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know today that nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched.... For nothing loved is ever lost - and he was loved so much.



   Forever in our Hearts

A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried,
If love alone would have saved you,
You would of never died.

In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still,
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one can ever fill.

A light from our household is gone,
A voice from our love is stilled,
A place in our vacant home,
Which never can be filled.
Some may think you are forgotten,
Though on earth you are no more,
But in our memory you are with us,
As you always were before.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone,
A part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

Your precious memories are for keepsakes,
with which we never part,
God has you safely in his keeping,
But we have you forever in our hearts.



Safe in the arms of Jesus,

Safe on His loving breast.

   Jesus accepting Barry into his

arms on May 12, 2008.



   We little knew that morning,
God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we can not see you,
you are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.



 When you were born, an angel smiled, 

As you became a child, an angel sat

on your shoulder 

When you became an adult, an angel held your hand 

As you grew old, an angel walked down

the road with you,

And, when you died, another angel got their wings.


  And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings,
bear you on the breath of dawn,
make you to shine like the sun,
and hold you in the palm of His hand. 




    My heart still aches in sadness,
My silent tears still flow,
For what it meant to lose you Barry,
No one will ever know. 




 If roses grow in Heaven, Lord, please pick a bunch for us. Place them in our Daddy's arms & tell him they're from us. Tell him that we love & miss him & when he turns to smile, place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for a while. Remembering him is easy... we do it everyday, but there's an ache within our hearts that will never go away.


   Matthew, Alicia, Austin

and Mitchell Gronli

December 2008 


We did not see you close your eyes,
Or hear your last faint sigh, 

We only heard that you were gone,
Too late to say goodbye.

We love you Dad!!! 




 "I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He

said. "For you to love the while he lives and mourn

when he is dead. It may be six or seven years, or

thirty five or thirty six, but will you, till I call him

back, take care of him for me?"




   Barry's Confirmation 1987 





 I see countless Christmas trees around the world below.
With tiny lights, like heaven's stars, reflecting in the snow.
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear,
For I am spending Christmas, with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart,
But I'm not so far away, we really aren't apart.
So be happy for me dear ones. You know I hold you dear,
And I'm glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above,
I send you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is the gift more precious than pure gold,
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do.
For I can't count the blessings or the love He has for each of you.
So, have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


Christmas 2005






    When someone you love becomes a memory, the

memory becomes a treasure.

Barry having fun in Tucson. AZ

November 2007



   It broke my heart to lose you,

But you didn't go alone,

For part of me went with you,

The day God called you home.





Barry & Laurie hiking in the Superstition

Mountains in Mesa, AZ

November 2007




Barry & Laurie in Tucson, AZ

November 2007




Barry, Corey, Chris, Angela


We can't have old days back,
When we were all together,
But secret tears and loving thoughts,
Will be with us forever.




Your smile has gone forever,

And your hand we cannot touch,

We have so many memories,

Of you, Dad, who we loved so much.




Christmas 2007



Barry's family in Christmas play at church.

December 2001


 Barry & Grandpa Arnie

Halloween 1973


  Kindergarten Graduation

Laurel, Montana




 High School Graduation

New London-Spicer

May 1990


   Liestman Family Reunion June 2004




       Happy Father's Day !!!  




 Missing You


 No words I write can ever say,
How much I miss you every day.
As time goes by the loneliness grows,
How I miss you, nobody knows!
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
But all I have are memories and photos in a frame.
No one knows my sorrow. No one sees me weep.
But the love I have for you,
Is in my heart to keep.
I’ve never stopped loving you—I know I never will.
Deep inside my heart, you are with me still.
Heartaches in this world are many,
But mine is worse than any.
My heart still aches as I whisper low,
"I love you and I miss you so."
The things we feel so deeply, are often the hardest things to say.
But I just can't keep quiet any more, so I'll tell you anyway.
There is a place in my heart, that no one else can fill.
I love you so much Barry,
And I always will.






Merry Christmas in Heaven Barry!!!






























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Tributes and Condolences
Reunion  / Steff Smith (friend)
This is a wonderful site in honor of Barry. He was greatly missed at our 20 year class reunion last august. They read a poem and said a prayer in honor of him and our other classmates who have passed. God bless you all and you are in our prayers.
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hello  / Steffanie Smith (high school classmate )
Dear Barry seeing these pictures of you and your family brings back many dear memories. We were all so blessed to have you as a friend and fellow classmate. You touched our lives in so many ways. We will be thinking of you at our 20 year reunion in&n...  Continue >>
Barry.  / Joy Allen (mom)
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keep sake with which ...  Continue >>
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Jesus accepting Barry in his arms on May 12, 2008.
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