Marian Grothe, age 83, of O’Fallon, Missouri passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in her home with her beloved husband George by her side. She was born on November 13, 1936 to John and Barbara Hummel (nee Slavick) in St. Louis, Missouri.
Marian graduated from Nerinx Hall in 1954. Shortly after graduation, she traveled to Boston and entered as a novitiate to The Missionary Sisters of St. Columban. She moved to Chicago to continue her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Education at Mundelein College. Marian then moved to East Los Angeles to teach at Our Lady of Guadeloupe. It filled her heart with joy teaching the young Hispanic girls. While in East L.A., Marian earned her Music Degree and delighted in leading the choir and teaching 5th grade music. Marian made many life long friends in her years as a Columban Sister.
In 1965, Marian returned to St. Louis and started a career with the Federal Government. One of her main assignments was working on the Apache Helicopter budget. There she met her loving husband, George Grothe. Marian and George were married on September 3, 1984.
Marian and George loved to travel visiting their family, cruising in their motor home, throughout the 48 continental states. Over the years, they had many friends at Lost Valley Lake Resort and Treasure Lake Resort, both in Missouri. Marian loved their travels, but wanted a home base, so they became permanent residents in Mission, Texas. There they enjoyed retirement for over 20 years, creating many new friendships in the Hidden Valley Ranch community. Their return to the St. Louis area in January 2018 was due to Marian’s declining health. Marian and George moved into The Assisted Living at the Meadowlands in O’Fallon, Missouri where they developed new friendships. They were loved and adored by all, as they watched how faithfully George cared for Marian in her last years. George and Marian celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on September 4, 2020.
Marian enjoyed counted cross-stitch handwork and knitting. She gave gifts of, and adorned their home with her beautiful handiwork. Marian loved to cook and bake. She loved sharing her many tasty dishes with family and friends. Marian always had and loved her dogs; Ginger, Heidi, Suzie, Casey and Toby. They were loved and brought her great joy! Marian had a heart of gold and was loved by her family and many long-term friends.
Marian is survived by her loving husband George, her sister-in-law Jacque Hummel, her step children; Ray Grothe and wife Carol, Gerald Grothe and wife Fran, Diana Stephens, Brian Grothe and wife Kelly, Alan Grothe and wife Suzanne, Anita Kingsley and husband Paul, and Mark Grothe, her beloved nieces and nephews; Larry Kieffer, Jeanette Lee, John Hummel, Donna Cooper, Robbie Hesse, Bob Hummel, Janice Baggs, Judy Hummel and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Barbara Hummel, her; sister Barbara Kieffer and husband Carl, and her brothers John Hummel and wife Marie, and Joe Hummel, and her nephew Tom Kieffer.
Visitation for Marian will be held at St. Cletus Church, 2705 Zumbehl Rd, St. Charles, Missouri on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial and her internment in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Heart Association. Please keep George in your prayers.