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Fern Groethe

Fern E. Groethe, 80, formely of the Hatton area, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Good Shephard Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids, MN. Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 31, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel, Hatton, ND. Burial in the Bruflat Cemetery, Portland, ND.

Fern Elizabeth Tollefson was born February 21, 1931, to Tom and Alice (Eide) Tollefson at Hatton, ND. She attended Oak Grove High School in Fargo, ND and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

On February 10, 1951, she married Paul Groethe. They lived the majority of their lives in Long Prairie, MN and St. Cloud, MN.

Her faith in Christ was always central to her life. She had a calling to reach out to those in need. Fern volunteered at the girl's home in Sauk Center as well as the Long Prairie Hospital. She loved collecting antiques and vintage clothing throughout her lifetime. In 1973, he appeared on the TV show "What's My Line?" in New York.

Survivors include her daughter, Pam Groethe, Sauk Rapids, MN; sons: Mitch Groethe, Perham, MN, Craig (Vicky) Groethe, St. Cloud, MN, and Kent (Kay) Groethe, Dodge City, KS' son-in-law, Leo Ostendorf, Moorhead, MN; fourteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Clark (Clary) Tollefson, Brainerd, MN; and sister, Diane (Paul) Thompson, Surprise, AZ.

Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Dawn Ostendorf and brother, Don Tollefson.

(Bilden Funeral Home, Hatton and Northwood, ND)

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I am so sorry for your loss. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God's Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time

S. Ford Aug 16 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Ferns passing. I absolutely loved working with her in real estate at Pladson Realty. I wish I had known she was back in the St. Cloud area. She brought such fun into our office and was a warm loving person. I know she will be missed by her family. Gwen Wampach

Gwen Wampach Aug 3 2011 12:00 AM

Pam & Family. We were sorry to hear of your love one passing. Our Prayers and Love are with you and family. Rely on "the God of all comfort.""Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself and he himself will sustain you." Psalm 55:22. It is real and vital communication with the " God of all comfort, who comfort us in our tribulation." 2 Corinthians 1:3.4.Psalms 83:18. We look forward to seeing our love one again. Psalms 37:29. May these scriptures bring comfort to your heart as they have mine in time of sadness.

Lee & Irene Keyes Aug 2 2011 12:00 AM

To Fern's Family, We express our sympathy. Fern and I were classmates at Oak Grove. Our son, Neal, and Kent became good friends at college and seminary. Thanks be to God for his faithfulness to love, to comfort, to strengthen and provide every grace. Sincerly in Christ, Twila & Arvin Halvorson

Arvin & Twila Halvorson Aug 1 2011 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the entire Groethe family.

Bonnie and Ron Stock Jul 29 2011 12:00 AM

Kent & family, Please know that you all are in my thoughts & prayers at this time.

Dilene Spielman Jul 29 2011 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you! We have fond memories of Fern. She was so hospitable when we would bring the kids over to the pool to play! Tea parties were great too! May God give you strength during this time! Love you!

Jeff & Barbie Schoenleben Jul 29 2011 12:00 AM

I knew Fern for many years and enjoyed her spark for life. I was saddened to hear that she had become a victim of alzheimers as she was such a vibrant woman. I extend my sympathies to her family and my respect for her honored memory. May God bless you all.

Bonnie Klitzke Jul 29 2011 12:00 AM