Former Cozad Resident: Jean Grothe, age 73 (1939-2013)

Jean Grothe, 73, former Cozad resident, died Saturday, April 27th, 2013, at The Independence House in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jean Grothe was born October 10th, 1939, in Tekamah, Nebraska, the daughter of Darcy and Neva (Snow) Rouse. She attended school in the Tekamah and Cozad area, graduating with the class of 1957.  Jean received her teaching degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.   Jean married Donald Lee Grothe on June 14th, 1959, in Tekamah. She worked most of the time as a substitute teacher in the Omaha and Cozad areas in Nebraska and later became a Library Aide at Cozad Middle School. Jean enjoyed gardening crafts, swimming, water skiing and loved to travel with her husband in their RV. She was a Girl Scout leader and member of the American Lutheran Church in Cozad, Nebraska.

Jean is survived by her three daughters, Donelle Bell and her husband Jonathan of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Linke and fiancé Troy Henderson of Lincoln, and Holly Egger of Lincoln; eight grandchildren, Alexandrea Romano, Nicolas Romano, Jacob Linke, Falesha Bell, Cole Linke, Ann Marie Bell, Tanner Egger, and McKinnon Egger; sister, Ramona Hawkins of Fremont, Nebraska; and brother, Boyd Rouse of Murray, Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Don Grothe.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6th, 2013, at Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in Lincoln with Pastor Lance Ferguson officiating.  

In honoring her wishes to be cremated there will be no viewing.

Lincoln Family Funeral Care in Lincoln, Nebraska is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to her family to designate at a later date.

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