Andrew 'Andy' Grober

andrew grober
Andrew "Andy" Grober, age 80, of New Hampton, IA died Wednesday, November 24, 2010 surrounded by his family at his home. Andrew Francis Grober was born February 7, 1930, on the family farm near Alta Vista, IA, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Ruhoff) Grober. He attended St. Williams School in Alta Vista, graduating in 1948. Andy joined the US Army in August 1953, receiving his basic training at Fort Riley, KS before being stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA. He received his honorable discharge in June 1955 and returned to Alta Vista to begin farming. On January 2, 1956, Andy was united in marriage to Marcella Sally Marie Dietrich at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Alta Vista. To this union seven children were born. Andy and Sally continued farming southwest of Alta Vista until their retirement in 1998, when they moved to their present home in New Hampton. He was a member of the Holy Family Parish - St. Josephs Center, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. Andy was a past 4-H leader for the Alta Vista Washington Wildcats, and a past member of the Chickasaw County Cattlemens Association. Andy was a volunteer driver for the veterans of Chickasaw and Floyd counties. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, NASCAR, playing cards, and fixing things. Andy always enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren, and looked forward to their visits. Andy is survived and deeply missed by his wife of nearly 55 years, Sally of New Hampton; their children, Nancy (Roy) Tieskotter of New Hampton, Leon (Clare) Grober of Alta Vista, Lynn (Scott) Felder of Mankato, MN, Ann Grober of Council Bluffs, IA, John (Lisa) Grober of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Sue (Michael) Jensen of Peoria, IL; 13 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; one step great-granddaughter; two brothers, Joseph (Betty) Grober of Alta Vista, and Vincent (Margaret) Grober of Seneca, IL; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Emilia Grober; one daughter, Elizabeth, in infancy; and two sisters, Rosella Galing, and Mary Kolbet. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at New Hampton. Military rites will be performed by New Hampton American Legion Post #38 and VFW Post #5238. Visitation: Visitation will be on Friday, November 26, 2010 from 3-8pm with a rosary at 4:00 pm and a scriptuaral wake service at 4:30 pmat Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the St. Josephs Gathering Space one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Holy Family Parish St. Josephs Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus and Msgr. Carl Schmitt concelebrating.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember going to your house when we were kids. My thoughts are with you.

  2. My prayers are with the family he will be deeply missed.I remember riding the tractor with Andy when I was young,I remember watching Andy drive by with the tractor when we lived on the farm down the road.My prayers are with you God Bless

  3. My sympathy to Sally and the rest of the Family!!!

    I’m sorry I am in Woodstock Ill and unable to come to the wake of funeral! My prayers for you especially on Satirday.

    Sr. Carol Hoverman

  4. Our prayers are with you, sorry we cant make it Don had surgery and and he cant ride in a car yet,We will never forget the thoughtful things you did for us.God Bless to all the family.

  5. Our sympathy to your family. I’ll always remember the times I babysat for you kids. Andy was a big help to us as a neighbor on the farm. He always had a nice smile. We’ll keep you in our prayers.

  6. Sally and family,
    Our sincere sympathy to you. Regretfully, we won’t be able to attend services as we are out of town. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. My sympathy to you, Sally, and your whole family. Andy will be remembered by me as one of the best neighbors on earth – always there with a helping hand. May God bless all of you.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Andy will be missed, he touch alot of peoples lives.My folks send their condolences.

  9. Our sincere condolences to Sally and the family. I have lots of memories from the days I used to help Andy when I would come home on leave from the service. Andy and Sally always made me feel welcomed. Always knew there would be a bottle of adult beverage waiting for me. May God welcome Andy into the Kingdom of Heaven!!!!!

  10. Sally ,so sad to hear about Andy, he was such a nice person..miss seeing you both…my prayers go out to ypu and your family. esp,during the holiday’s

  11. Sally and Family,
    My family would like to express our sincere sympathy’s to you at this time. It has been many years since I have seen all of you but I only hold very fond memories of Andy. I can remember many many times of having to watch for the tractors on the road and all the numerous bicycle trips past the farm. Andy and the family will always hold a special memory in my heart. God Bless!

  12. Ann, I was sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know you mentioned you were home spending some time with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, Laura

  13. We would like express our deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of Andy. I know that he will be truly missed. As the memory of a child of what your family did for mine will always be remembered may God Bless you all.

  14. So sorry to here about Andy. I read it in the newspaper today. We have been out of town for appointments with Logan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!

  15. To Ann and the Grober Family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your during this time of sorrow.
    Take care and God bless.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish that I could have made it to the wake and funeral. You were always there for our family when we all lived on the Cowell blacktop. You are in our thoughts and prayers and if you ever need anything Sally you know we are just around the corner from you, don’t hesitate to ask. Darrell and Lori

  17. Lynn, So sorry to here of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you entire family.

  18. Sally, I just heard of Andy’s passing. I so enjoyed talking to you both when I’d come home. I’ll always remember his smile and that he always had time to talk. Take care Sally and my God Bless your entire family.

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