Marianne Grote passed away peacefully at Friends Care Center, Yellow Springs, Ohio on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Marianne was born July 2, 1929, grew up in Xenia, Ohio, and was a graduate of Saint Brigid School.
She began her life in Yellow Springs in 1951 as the new bride of lifelong Yellow Springs resident Bob Grote. They built their family home at 102 Pleasant St. in 1953. They raised their four kids on that corner and it was a yearly spot for one of the Halloween bonfires.
Marianne could knit, crochet, sew and quilt.
She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a member of the Friendly Gardeners, where she was good at flower arranging.
She was a voracious reader and a book club member.
She was the wife of Robert Grote for over 50 years until his passing in 2002.
She was mother to Mary Beth (Christoph), Joe (Mary Jean), Jim (Camden) and Matthew (Karen); a wonderful grandmother to Sean (Jean), Sonia (Matt), Sasha (Jimmy), Seth,
Adam (Cayce), Patcine (Ryan), Katie (Chris), Robert (Jessica), Megan and Dan; and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and great-grandson, Will.
After Bob died, Marianne took a job at Town Drug and became a friendly face to all who came into the store.
As a woman of Irish descent, her trip to Ireland in 2007 was a highlight of her life.
She lived a long, independent life in her home until early 2018, when she entered an assisted-living facility.
Besides her loving family, Marianne leaves behind to cherish her memory very dear nieces and nephews, Barb, Mary Ann, Joan, Terri, Patrick, Suzanne, John, Lisa and Chris; cousins, Bill and Fred Fox.
Visitation will be at St. Paul Catholic Church in Yellow Springs on Saturday, April 21, 9:30–11 a.m., with her Mass of Christian Burial immediately following.