Kathryn Grover, 102, of rural Galesville, Wis., passed away surrounded by family, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at her home in Grover Valley.
She was born November 19, 1911, in Pieper’s Valley, rural Buffalo County Wis., to Paul and Tillie (Fischer) Duff. Evelyn attended West Prairie Grade School, Trempealeau Township, and graduated salutatorian from Cathedral Girls High School, Winona Minn., in 1929. She went on to teacher’s training in Galesville, and at age 18, began teaching in rural Trempealeau County Wis., schools.
On June 24, 1937, she married Henry M. Grover in Winona Minn. After the birth of her five children, she returned to teaching and earned her bachelor’s degree from Winona State University in 1962. She retired from her 30-year teaching career in 1976.
She was an affiliate of the Society of Mary, a founding member of the G-E-T food pantry, and active in 4-H, the North Centerville Homemakers and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and loved a good game of Scrabble. In 2000, she hand wrote her memoirs, “Journey: Pieper’s Valley to Grover Valley,” a 238-page book.
Survivors are her two sons, Mason Grover, Arcadia Wis.; and Stephen (Pamela) Grover, Galesville Wis.; three daughters; Barbara (Michael) Kleinschmidt of Winona Minn.; Gloria (Vincent) Wegner of Beaver Dam Wis.; and Mary (Thomas) Ladwig of Galesville Wis.; 15 grandchildren: Cynthia (Thomas) Serratore, Michael (Linda) Hennessy, Kathryn (Carlo) Arendt, Stephen Hennessy, Karen Wegner, Susan (Ron) Kelm, MaryBeth Wegner, Mark (Julianne) Wegner, Paul Ladwig, Greg (Joanna) Ladwig, Russel (Michelle) Ladwig, Samantha Grover, Stephen (Julie) Grover, Robert Grover, and Sarah Grover; seven step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Megan and Emily Serratore, April and Graham Hennessy, Riley and Connor Arendt, Siayra and Dawson Kelm, Abe and Gus Wegner, Allison and Alex Ladwig, Carrissa and Mason Ladwig, Teagan, Henry, and baby girl (due in February) Ladwig; 16 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, William Hennessy; and many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; son-in-law, Richard Hennessy; siblings and spouses, Lory Duff, Rolland (Lois) Duff, Lynda (Cliff) Retzlaff, and Mildred Marie (Bob) Weld; and a niece, Mary Liz Weld.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galesville, with Fr. Edmund Doerre officiating. Spring burial will be in the Trempealeau Public Cemetery. Friends may call at Zwickey Funeral Home, Galesville, from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, with a rosary at 7:30 p.m.