Sara Louise Grumbacher
January 26, 1937 – March 28, 2020
Sara Louise Grumbacher peacefully passed away Saturday March 28th, 2020 at Balfour Assisted Living in Denver, Colorado. Sara was the daughter of Harry Wallace King and Fay (McCollough) King. She was born January 26, 1937 at the farmhouse in Marshall County Indiana. Sara was the 8th of 9 children. She is survived by her brother Glenn King of Kokomo, Indiana and her five children: Saralyn Wood (Paul), Ronda Braden (Joe), Scott McDonald (Patty), Kevin McDonald (Shelly) and Stacy McDonald. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Ronald Eugene McDonald, her second husband Rudy Grumbacher and her siblings; Malcolm King, Rowena Kemery, Charles King, Phyllis Markwith, Anna Montague, Carol Verrill and Doris Barnett. Sara graduated from High School in LaPaz, Indiana in 1955. After graduation she worked at a local bank. Then she met, Ronald Eugene McDonald at a gas station in Illinois. They were married in Blue Island, IL on March 8, 1958. Ron was in the construction business, which later took them to Omaha, Nebraska. They eventually settled in Elkhorn, Nebraska. They divorced in 1977. Sara remained in the area where she found employment with companies such as Guarantee Mutual Life, Nashua Paper, Werner Enterprises, Valmont and Omaha Steaks. She was also a member of the Chapel Hill Lioness Club. Her desire to be closer to her family was realized when she moved to Indiana the summer of 1990. While living in Indiana, she had clerical positions for a holistic medical office and worked in administration at St. Vincent’s Hospital. It was at St. Vincent’s Hospital where she “coincidently” met hospital volunteer Rudy Grumbacher. She was swooned by Rudy and his charisma. Although they had multiple years between them, they were smitten with each other. He once asked her “where have you been all my life”? They were married February 14, 1999 in a private home located in Zionsville, IN. Sara was quite the competitor and loved when family would gather to play Rummikub and Dominoes. She also enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, playing solitaire, flower gardening, cooking and listening to music. Sara enjoyed traveling and experiencing new adventures. Destinations over her lifetime included: Spain, Portugal, Japan, Hawaii and Scotland. Sara and Rudy loved Royal Caribbean cruises and sailed to such places as: Alaska, Panama Canal and New England. They also spent winters in Siesta Key, FL and Panama City Beach, FL. On May 11, 2011 she was widowed by Rudy Grumbacher, but is survived by two step sons; Lew Grumbacher (Sue) and Ron Grumbacher (Deborah) their children; Adam Grumbacher (Shakurah), Eric Grumbacher, Jason Grumbacher, Stephanie Holmes and their mother Mary Grumbacher, three grandchildren Lauren Grumbacher, Matthew Grumbacher and William Holmes. In 2013 Sara moved to Colorado to be closer to her children. She joined the 55+ community called Heather Gardens (Seville). She participated in lady luncheons, attended HOA meetings and was involved with holiday decorations. She cooked for those residents who were ill and shared homemade rye bread with family and friends. During this time, she met her friend Tim Frees. She and Tim would attend festivals, frequent local breweries and restaurants, attend musicals and were members of the Museum of Natural History.
In December 2018, while attending a routine doctor appointment, Sara fell and broke her hip. She moved to the Balfour Assisted Living facility shortly thereafter. Sara’s proud family moments were enjoyed by watching her children, grandchildren, their graduations, marriages and births. She is survived by 7 grandchildren: Rachel Boone, Seth McDonald (Mina), Aubray Aarvig (MJ), Chris Aarvig, Shannon Klement (Andrew), Ian McDonald and Emily McDonald. She also had 2 step grandchildren Shawna Christensen (Justin), Daniel Wood (Megan). In addition, 6 great grandchildren; Luca Aarvig, Braden Boone, Cora McDonald, Jack McDonald, Elias Klement and Emmaline Klement. 3 step great grandchildren; Ryder Christensen, Claire Christensen and Elliott Rose Wood. Sara also enjoyed attending family reunions and had a special bond with her multiple nieces and nephews from the King/McCollough families. Due to the coronavirus and global isolation, a memorial service will be held at a date yet to be determined. In the meantime, post your comments and upload pictures to share special memories of how you were touched by knowing Sara Grumbacher. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in honor of Sara Grumbacher to any of these great causes.
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Sara Louise Grumbacher
December 12, 2020
Sara was so great to be around. She babysat me, Sally, Bob and Susie when we still lived in the basement. One time, lightning hit the lightbulb above our head and I think we all screamed.
Susie Markwith Davis
July 14, 2020
Aunt Sara was so sweet and beautiful. She loved reminding me that she used to babysit for me and my siblings, Linda, Sally, and Bob. I am proud that my middle name is Louise, just like Sara's middle name....Susan Louise Markwith Davis
April 14, 2020
My mother expressed she really liked this.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
As yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.
April 7, 2020
So sorry to hear that Sara has left us - although she left Golden Oaks in Indianapolis several years ago, she and Rudy were vibrant members of our neighborhood. So glad to know we had her among us for several years! Great memories...
April 3, 2020
Aunt Sara was the sweetest kindest most loving person you would ever meet and I will miss her very much. I don’t like to play favorites but aunt Sara was my favorite. In November, with my sisters Deb and Nancy and my brother Michael we went to Colorado to visit our brother Tom and got to spend two wonderful days visiting with Aunt Sara and I will always cherish that visit. She is with her heavenly father and all her family and friends who have went before her. They have opened up their arms and said “welcomed home”. Tell Mom (Anna) hello for us and that we miss her and love her.