Nina M. Grupe
November 19, 1946 – November 25, 2019
Nina (Elkins) Grupe 73 of Linden, CA passed away suddenly on November 25th in Santa Cruz, CA. Nina was born in Stockton, CA on November 19th, 1946 to Thomas and Emeline Elkins. She attended Annunciation School, St. Mary’s High School, and the University of the Pacific, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She graduated from UOP with honors in 1969 and soon after met Craig Grupe through mutual friends. Nina and Craig were married on March 1, 1970 and settled in Linden where they would raise their three sons. Nina was a devoted mother to her boys and a second mother to many. She relished time spent with her sons but also enjoyed a long teaching career. She taught elementary school in the Stockton area for many years, the last 20 of which were at August School until her retirement in 2013. Her proudest title was that of Setu, or grandmother. Attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, recitals, and plays, organizing holiday crafts, and volunteering in their classrooms were just a few of her favorite things. Cooking and entertaining for family and friends gave her great joy and she loved decorating for all the holidays. Nina played bridge with a small group of dear friends for 47 years and was a member of the Linden Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. A longtime parishioner of Holy Cross Catholic Church, her faith was a constant in her life and a source of great comfort. Nina is survived by her husband of 49 years Craig Grupe, her sons Christopher (Melanie), Gregory (Allison), and Douglas, grandchildren Molly, Charlie, Kate, Sam, and Andie Grupe, her sister Rita (David) Smith, brother George Badway, sister in law Darlene Ferrario, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Elkins, mother, Emeline Wise, brother Anthony Badway, and her in-laws Francis and Bernice Grupe. Visitation will be held from 2-6 pm with a rosary to follow on Thursday, December 5th at DeYoung Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California St. Stockton. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 6th at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 18633 Front St. Linden. A private burial will be held later at the Stockton Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Linden Educational Foundation Performing Arts in memory of Nina Grupe, 18527 E. Main St, Linden CA 95236 or Stockton Civic Theatre 2312 Rosemarie Lane, Stockton CA 95207.
- Chris Grupe , Pallbearer
- Gregory Grupe, Pallbearer
- Douglas Grupe, Pallbearer
- Brian Gott, Pallbearer
- Biff Gilliland, Pallbearer
- Scott Solari , Pallbearer
- Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Rosary Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 6, 2019
Nina M. Grupe
December 3, 2019
Nina was a wonderful person that I have known most of my teaching career. She was always full of life and love, willing to lend a helping hand or listening ear. She talked often of her family and shared stories of being a grandmother (Setu), which is something we shared. She will be missed by all that loved her, including me.
November 30, 2019
It was such a shock to hear of Nina’s passing. Nina was a wonderful friend and co-worker. She will be truly missed by all who knew her. My sincere condolences to her family. Nina, may you Rest In Peace.