Alta P. Groff

Born: Wed., Oct. 22, 2008
Died: Sat., Oct. 25, 2008

Funeral Service

Wed., Oct. 29, 2008

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ELKHART -- Alta P. Groff, 89, of Calumet Avenue, died Saturday (Oct. 25, 2008) at 4:50 p.m. at Elkhart General Hospital after a sudden illness.

She was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Rochester, N.Y., to Ivan E. and Minnie (Lovell) Powell. She married Chester F. Groff on April 18, 1942, in Rochester. He died in September 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly K. (Tim) Templeton of Elkhart and Susan J. (Darell) Lovejoy of Ohio; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, David A. Groff; one grandson, Brian Templeton; one brother, Elno M. Powell; and two sisters, Marion Ireland and Esther Peck.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, also at the funeral home. Pastor Dwight Gosser of the New Life Christian Center in Bristol will officiate. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart.

Mrs. Groff spent most of her adult life as a homemaker, but served nearly 13 years as a secretary for several Elkhart churches, including First Presbyterian Church, First Congregational Church and Calvary Assembly of God. She was a former member of Calvary and had served there as librarian, Sunday school teacher, children's choir director and head of several adult prayer groups. She had recently attended the New Life Christian Center, participating in the Classics group. She had attended Syracuse University, Rochester Business Institute in New York and the Elkhart Bible Institute.

She had worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and was a published author who composed poems for Ideal magazine. She enjoyed writing, gardening, painting, sewing and family.

Memorials may be given to the New Life Christian Center or to breast cancer research. Online condolences may be sent at

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Mr.& Mrs. Roger Hargrove
   Posted Mon October 27, 2008
We are very sorry for the loss of your mother.She was a great part of our Church body and she will be greatly missed.She is now sitting with the Lord in Heaven waiting on the rest of us. Have comfort in knowing that and we will pray for you.We love you.

Katti James
   Posted Mon October 27, 2008
Bev, Tim, and kids: Sorry to see that you Mom passed away. Miss all of you. Love Katti James

Elkhart Beauty College
   Posted Tue October 28, 2008
So sorry to hear about Alta's Passing. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. The Staff and Students of Elkhart Beauty College

Chris Davis
   Posted Wed October 29, 2008
Susie, Just read the newspaper and saw that your dear Mother has passed. So sorry I wasn't aware before an hour ago...or I would have paid my respects in person. My memory of you is dear and I know you are able to get through this difficult time...your sister is with you and I want you to know my thoughts are, too. Your first roommate, Chris (Stouder) Davis 26603 CR 46 Nappanee, IN 46550 cell 574-221-1523