Marcella "Sally" Grober

marcella grober
Marcella “Sally” Grober, age 79 of New Hampton, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2, 2015 with her family by her side at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. Marcella Marie Grober was born March 20, 1936 on the family farm southwest of Alta Vista, the daughter of Albert and Ann (Scanlon) Dietrich. She attended St. William’s School in Alta Vista, graduating in 1954. Following graduation, she worked for the G.F. Crooks family and also at the Alta Vista State Bank. On January 2, 1956, she was united in marriage to Andrew Grober at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. To this union seven children were born. Andy and Sally farmed the Grober family farm southwest of Alta Vista until their retirement in 1998, when they moved to New Hampton. Sally was a member of Holy Family Parish. In her younger years she was active in the St. Bernard’s Parish in Alta Vista, serving on the Rosary Society, as a lector and lay minister, and taking communion to the homebound. She served on the St. Bernard’s Parish Council and was a former member of the Archdiocesan Board of Education. Sally belonged to Catholic Daughters of the Americas for several years and also taught CCD classes. Sally and Andy together also enjoyed assisting with many TEC and Pre-Cana classes over the years. Sally was also a lifetime member of the New Hampton Hospital Auxiliary. Sally enjoyed playing cards, reading, traveling and visiting with family, neighbors and friends. She especially enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren. Sally was a fantastic cook and baker and was known for her homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, pies, potato salad, and chocolate chip cookies. Sally is survived and deeply missed by her children, Nancy Grober of New Hampton; Leon (Clare) Grober of Alta Vista; Lynn (Scott) Felder of Union, MI; Ann Grober of Council Bluffs, IA; John (Lisa) Grober of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; and Sue (Michael) Jensen of Peoria, IL; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren with one on the way; three step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis Dietrich of Elma and Paul Dietrich of Charles City; one sister, Mary Tilkes of Ionia; numerous nieces and nephews. Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Andy of nearly 55 years on November 24, 2010; a daughter, Elizabeth, in infancy and one brother, Leo Dietrich.

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  1. May Sally be at rest with all her family in heaven. I have missed seeing her at mass. All my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Roder

  2. We were at Mass in New Hampton this morning and Father Mark announced that Sally passed away. Instantly we were saddened by the news. She is now with her beloved Andy and is no longer in pain. May she rest in peace. Will always remember the many years they lived in the AV area. Enjoyed our many visits with them. Andy and Sally both were good pillars of the community and church. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  3. Nancy and family, So sorry for the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers. She was a pretty lady.

  4. My sympathy to all of you. May the memories you’ve shared bring comfort during these sad days.
    Although I can’t be at Sally’s wake or funeral please know my thoughts and prayers will be with each of you.

  5. Nancy I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Enjoyed the time I spent with her telling stories of you and your siblings.

  6. Grober Family: I am sorry to see that your Mother has passed away. She was always a very friendly lady and a very caring and sharing neighbor. You all have my sympathy.

    Audrey Phippen Larson

  7. So very sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories. My thoughts are with you all.
    Suzette Johnson Conley

  8. To the Grober family: I wish to offer my heartfelt sympathy in memory of your Mother, Sally.
    I’ll be thinking and praying for you at this difficult time.
    You have my sincerest sympathy.
    Donna Bodensteiner, Clear Lake, IA

  9. Grober Family: We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We have many fond memories of your parents growing up down the road on “Deerfield Corner” and our time in New Hampton. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Jody Howard, Jeanne Nunley, Julie Hill, Jan Crandall – Daughters of Mary Ann Crandall

  10. Lynn and Ann, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My sympathies to all. Ellen Boos Mueller

  11. We wish to extend our sympathy to the family of Sally Grober. Your mom and dad were always friendly and fun to talk to on our visits to the Alta Vista area.

  12. From my teenage years until today, Sally has been a second Mother to me. I spent many days at the farm enjoying Sally’s cooking, and a warm bed to sleep in at night. So many good times including the time I brought my husband home to meet the family. We so enjoyed our visit. Until just recently when we were home for my Mother’s funeral. We went to visit Sally one more time, and she shared with us what a beautiful Mother I had. What a lasting memory she left with me. My last visit with Sally was peaceful as I found her peacefully sleeping in her bed. We love you, Sally and will never ever forget you or the beautiful memories you have left with us…Richard and Mary Jo Love

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