Dolores A. Groshans

April 18, 1928March 24, 2014
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Dolores (Dee) Amelia Groshans, 84, died March 24, 2014, with family by her side in New Bern, North Carolina. She was born April 18, 1928 in English Lake, Indiana to Richard and Stella Christensen. Her father was a farmer and Dolores helped as a young girl with many chores developing a love for animals. Throughout her life she raised many puppies and always had one as a trusty companion.

Dolores attended Purdue University and was an active member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While at Purdue, she met M. Wesley Groshans whom she married on July 8, 1951. Wesley enlisted in the United States Air Force and they were first stationed in Wichita Falls, Texas. They were later transferred to California and settled in Heyward. Dolores taught home economics in the local school system and developed a lifelong passion for cooking and nutrition. With his enlistment completed, they returned to Indiana to raise their family. Dolores gave birth to four boys in six years and was very proud of how close they remained throughout her life. Wesley and Dolores spent 40 wonderful years together before he returned to the Lord in 1991.

In 1996 Dolores searched for a warmer climate and looked throughout coastal Virginia and North Carolina. She fell in love with New Bern and its beautiful scenery and located there in the same year. She became an active member of the Bridgeton United Methodist Church and actively participated in many committees and projects. She was very passionate about using her gifts to the glory of God and spent countless hours preparing crafts for the Church’s annual fall bazaar. Her interests included family, cooking, sewing, craftwork and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and was extremely proud of her grandchildren.

Mrs Groshans is survived by her brother, Carl Christensen; and sons Mark Groshans of New Bern, Scott Groshans (Laura) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Andy Groshans (Mary) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Dave Groshans (Lynn) of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by three grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband M. Wesley Groshans, her brother Albert Christensen, and grandson Daniel B. Groshans.

A memorial service will be held at Bridgeton United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 30th at 1:00 PM.

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Lee Myre

March 31, 2014

Dave and Groshans Family,
Sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time

Jeff Crowley

March 29, 2014


So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

March 28, 2014

Dear Cousins,

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Dolores was incredibly kind and I'll never forget how she welcomed me into her home while I was homesick at graduate school. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen Christensen Araujo, Fernando Araujo, Anna & Ben

Susan Tripp

March 28, 2014

Mark and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember when I used to work with Mark how fondly and often he spoke of his mother. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Phil Huber

March 27, 2014

Scott, Laura and Aaron,
We are very sorry to hear of Scott's mother's passing. We only met once and I much enjoyed our conversation. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Phil, Stephanie and Sydney Huber

March 27, 2014

Dave & the entire Groshans family,
We are sorry for your loss and wish you strength as you morn the passing of your mother.
Brent, Kathleen & the team @ EPIC

Cindy and Lonnie Rabon

March 27, 2014

Scott,Laura,and family,
We are so sorry to here of your loss and we'll continue to keep you and the rest of your family in our prayer's.

LaDonna Baker

March 27, 2014

My deepest sympathy for you and your family for this loss. From the description of her life, your mother sounded like a wonderful, caring person! I'm sure you and your brothers were proud of her just as much as she was of you all. May your many happy memeories of her temper your grief.

March 27, 2014

Dee will be missed by her many friends and family....I feel fortunate to have known her..

Joan Bordeaux

March 27, 2014

Scott and Laura, We are sorry for your loss and are praying for you and your family. Sherry and Ron Wilson