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Arla Mae Grotjohn

August 15, 1931 May 11, 2019
Arla Mae Grotjohn
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Arla Mae Grotjohn, 87, daughter of Louis & Eva (Chestnut) Brockway, was born August 15, 1931 in Shell Rock, Iowa. She passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.
Arla Mae graduated from Shell Rock High School in 1948. She went on to earn her Business Degree from business school in Waterloo. In 1959, she married Dale Grotjohn and they made their home in Fort Dodge for about five months. She worked for the city as a water billing specialist. They then moved to Waverly for two years and then to Hubbard where she worked as a bookkeeper for the local telephone office with her husband. In 1970, they moved to Panora. She worked for John Donahey and Bill Bump as a income tax preparer. She retired around 1996. She has been a resident of the New Homestead since July of 2018.
Arla Mae loved to spend time working outside with her plants and flowers and went on to earn her Master Gardener certificate. She was a Bingo Babe with an adventurous spirit and at one time even took belly dancing lessons. She and Dale played golf, bowled together and spent many hours boating with family and friends around Lake Panorama. They also hosted an annual 4th of July bash at their place that many families looked forward to every year. She loved her family and was an amazing Grandma and great Grandma known by her great-granddaughters as “Grandma Pizza”, because they had pizza every Wednesday night. She was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora and the P.E.O.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Grotjohn of Guthrie Center; daughters, Stephanie (Jeff) Godwin of Panora and Stacy (Jim) Henrich of State Center; Grandchildren, Shelby (Marcus) Lewis, Sydney (Zeb) Osen, Payton (Steven) Fox, Benjamin Henrich, and Reilly Henrich; Great-granddaughters, Ella & Ava Lewis; and sister, Janet (Harold) Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Marlys Olmstead and nephew Scott.
Memorial services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 17, 2019 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Visitation will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5-7 P.M. at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.
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5:00 PM 5/16/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Twigg Funeral Home - Panora

219 E. Main
Panora, IA 50216

Twigg Funeral Home - Panora
219 E. Main Panora 50216 IA
United States

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10:30 AM 5/17/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Lutheran Church

2106 Highway 4
Panora, IA 50216

St. Thomas Lutheran Church
2106 Highway 4 Panora 50216 IA
United States

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