GENEVA – Adella M. Granquist, of Geneva, the widow of Herb Granquist who started the annual Granquist Music Competition more than 40 years ago in the city, died Friday, Feb. 15, in El Cajon, Calif.
The annual competition, held during the Swedish Days festival, is hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Jean Gaines said she worked with both Granquists throughout the years to put on the music competition.
“That is sad, but she’d had some heart problems through the years,” Gaines said. “She was just a sweet little lady … always willing to help with the contest and follow Herb’s lead.”
The Granquist Music Competition, started in 1970, is the largest music competition in Illinois with more than 2,000 participating. Granquist was a music educator and wanted to promote music performance, competition and education, according to the chamber. Herb Granquist died in 2006.
Funeral services are scheduled in April at Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.