Joanne R. Groves

Joanne R. Groves, 83, of Bloomville, passed away Saturday evening, March 9, 2013, at her home with friends and family by her side.

She was born May 2, 1929, in Woodland, Pa., to George and Katherine (Moore) Glace. She married Robert Groves Jan. 15, 1947, in Falls Church, Va. They moved to Tiffin in 1954 where her husband opened the first J.C. Penney’s in town. Together they had five children and were married 55 years before he preceded her in death in October of 2002.

Survivors include two sons, Ricky L. (Kitty) Groves and Randy H. (Jacque) Groves, both of Melmore; a daughter, Wendy S. (Gary) Johnson of Tiffin; seven grandchildren, Sarah Johnson Carpenter, Eric (Jessica) Johnson, Michael Johnson and Thomas and Adam Groves, all of Tiffin, Carrie (Don) Aubrey of Arizona and Amanda (Rob) Soward of Elyria; and five great-grandchildren, Mallory and Aiden Carpenter of Tiffin, Kaitlyn and Mason Johnson of Findlay, and Bella Aubrey of Arizona.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; baby daughter, Linda Marie, who died at 13 months in November of 1948; and her son, Dennis Ray who died in December 1989 at the age of 39.

Joanne was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. She was first and foremost a housewife and mother. A beautiful seamstress and quilter, she left behind many beautiful quilts and needlework. She loved to cook and bake. She worked as a seamstress at Tiffin Scenic Studios, the J.C. Penney’s store in town and the State Hospital. In her later years, she devoted her time to the care of her son, Dennis, until he passed away, and then cared for her husband. Joanne and Robert made Bloomville their home following the death of their son.

Her memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, with the Rev. Dr. Louis Dorsch officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin.

Friends may visit with the family from 10:3011:30 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Community Hospice Care or the Humane Society of Seneca County.

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