Phyllis Grooters, 80, of Harmony
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 3:37 AM
Phyllis Maureen Grooters, 80, of Harmony, died Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013, at the Harmony Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Oliver and Edith (Goldsworthy) Pederson. The family moved to the Niagara Cave Farm in the early 1930s and she attended Kennedy School through eighth grade.
In 1951, she graduated from Harmony High School.
She was united in marriage to Wally Grooters of Greenleafton in 1952. They farmed in the Greenleafton area for several years. She was a member of the Greenleafton Reformed Church and participated in women's circles and other activities in the church.
After her husband's death in 1994, she remained on the farm until 2001, when she moved to Harmony.
She enjoyed helping out at the visitor center, visiting with friends, doing crossword puzzles, going for long country rides and spoiling her "grands" and her "greats."
She is survived by her two daughters, Lyn (Hal Dykens) Grooters of Altoona, Iowa, and Barb (Steve) Keist of Austin; four grandchildren, Nathan (Jennie) Dykens of Grand Rapids, Mich., Allison Dykens of Santa Maria, Cal., Justine (John) Schneider of Cadott, Wis., and Erin (Cruz Hernandez Bravo) Hernandez of Urbandale, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Jayden Hernandez, Layla Hernandez, Isabella Hernandez, Haddie Hernandez and Harper Dykens.
She was preceded in death by her son, Greg, in 1991; her husband, Wally, in 1994; a brother, Manford, and sister, Dorothy.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Greenleafton Reformed Church in rural Preston. Burial followed in the Greenleafton Cemetery.
The Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony assisted with the arrangements.