Audrey Groe, 1932-2019

Published 1:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

Audrey Annette Evans Groe, 86, of Lake Mills died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Audrey Groe

Audrey’s funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Sion Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. The Rev. Paul Meierding will officiate. Burial will be in the Sion cemetery. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Sion Lutheran Church, 4527 Finch Ave., Lake Mills, IA 50450.

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Audrey Annette was born Dec. 18, 1932, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to Noble E. Evans and Myrtle (Hovey) Evans. She was baptized at Naples Lutheran Church in rural Buffalo County, Wisconsin, and confirmed at Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi, Wisconsin. She attended Mondovi public schools through the 10th grade, when her family moved to Red Wing.  She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1950 and from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1954 with a degree in Christian education.

Before she was married, Audrey was the director of Christian education at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, where she worked from 1954 to 1957. On Nov. 24, 1957, she married Comer Groe and moved to Worth County, where she lived as a farm wife for over 40 years.  Before starting a family, she worked for a short time at Deluxe Factory in Lake Mills. The couple was blessed with three children, Jorun, Amos and Christma.

Audrey was active in her church, Sion Lutheran, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, worked with the church women’s group and her circle, organized the quilting group and was in various leadership positions. She sang for many years with the Lake Mills community choir and was a charter member of the Lake Mills Fine Arts Guild. She was a fantastic organizer and a wonderful cook, and always enjoyed entertaining family and friends in her home. She delighted in sharing her tea rings with many lucky recipients. Her five granddaughters will especially remember her themed tea parties.

Audrey was employed by Twedt Insurance in Lake Mills, and for 17 years with Worth County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Northwood. She retired in 1995. In 2000 she and Comer moved to Lake Mills and turned the farm over to son Amos. Audrey was a prolific letter writer and over the years corresponded with many, many friends. At the age of 79, she got her first computer and enjoyed communicating with family and friends via email.

Audrey died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Noel Evans, as well as her parents-in-law Alfred and Elizabeth Groe.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Comer Groe, of Lake Mills; children Jorun (Paul) Meierding of Mankato, Amos (Marna) Groe of Lake Mills and Christma (Todd) Lange of Albert Lea; grandchildren Karl (Sara) Meierding, Erika Meierding, Brittany Groe, Brook (Calvin) Beal, Ashley Groe, Colby Groe, Solveig Lange, Jens Lange and Henrik Lange; one great-grandson, Roan Beal; and special friend, Bernice “Tom” Thompson, of Albert Lea.

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