Delores “Dee” Grovijahn

Delores “Dee” Grovijahn, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, May 11, 2022, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Monday, May 16, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Levi Willms officiating.  The service will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/WintzRay.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.  Visitation is from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 4:00 PM.

Pallbearers will be Gary Gross, Steve Gross, Randy Gross, Steve Bloch, Jeff Pommerville and Karl Fiedler.

Delores “Dee” Grovijahn was born April 1, 1937, in Wagner, South Dakota, to Gottlieb and Anna (Stickley) Gross.  Dee grew up in Yankton, South Dakota and attended school in Yankton.  She worked at Tastee Treat in Yankton for a few years and married William “Bill” Grovijahn on September 20, 1958, in Yankton.  Together Dee and Bill had three children: Thomas, Patty and Kathy.  After their marriage, Dee worked as a checker at Council Oak Store in Yankton and then as a clerk for Newberry’s Department Store.  Dee moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for a few years to help her sister with her new baby, but returned to Yankton and began working at Sioux Radio in Yankton and later at Gurney’s as a press operator.  She worked at Gurney’s for 15 years until her battle with cancer forced her to retire.

Dee was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton and the VFW Auxiliary.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening.  She loved planting her flowers but especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her two daughters: Patty Grovijahn of Yankton, South Dakota and Kathy (Kevin) Fiedler of Springfield, South Dakota; three grandchildren: Tiffany (Jeff) Pommerville, Kara Fiedler and Karl Fiedler; three great grandchildren: Kylie, Brooklynn and Elliot Pommerville; three sisters: Eileen (Clarence) Mehle of Metairie, Louisiana; Louella (Walter) Johnson of Emporia, Kansas and Evelina Robinson of Jackson, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas Grovijahn; three brothers: Floyd, Glen and Lester Gross; and two sisters: Vivian Gremillion and Phyllis Mayeux.

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6 response to "Delores “Dee” Grovijahn"

  1. By: Connie (Mehle) Anderson & family Posted: May 12, 2022

    After the tears are shed and the grief slightly subsides wonderful memories will flood your hearts forever. Our deepest sympathy and prayers goes out to your family.

  2. By: Jeff Grovijahn Posted: May 12, 2022

    Patty and Cathy, So sorry for your loss of your dear mother. It is never easy to lose a loved one. We must go on with our lives knowing that they are in a better place.

  3. By: Aunt Lou Posted: May 13, 2022

    Dear Patty and Kathy, I am so sorry your Mom passed. I am hurting with you. I loved her so much! And I know you did too! Your mom and I had a very nice visit last week when she told me her time to leave was soon. We said everything we needed to share. I am so glad I called the nursing home on Tuesday. I asked them to please place the phone by her ear, which they did. I told her I loved her and it was ok to let go. I asked her to hug our mom and Floyd and Vivian and all the others who are in heaven. I told her I would join them soon. The lady told me Dee could hear me. This was comforting for me. I hope this is comforting for you too.

  4. By: Aunt Lou Posted: May 13, 2022

    Dear Patty and Kathy, I am so sorry your Mom passed. I am hurting with you. I loved her so much! And I know you did too! Your mom and I had a very nice visit last week when she told me her time to leave was soon. We said everything we needed to share. I am so glad I called the nursing home on Tuesday. I asked them to please place the phone by her ear, which they did. I told her I loved her and it hhv I told her I would join them soon. The lady told me Dee could hear me. This was comforting for me. I hope this is comforting for you too.

  5. By: Joan L Anderson Posted: May 15, 2022

    So sorry for the loss of your mother, we know this is hard and no words can make it better. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you and your family.

  6. By: Tammy Horlyk Langholz Posted: May 15, 2022

    Dear Patty ,Kathy, and Tiffany,
    I am sending sympathy and prayers your way.
    I know you all loved her and will miss her. Remember, God is good and loving always. Now Aunt Dee is in heaven taking care of the most beautiful flowers and gardens ever! The love in heaven is more than any of us can understand. I’m sure Aunt Dee is living it up and dancing! It is the ones she leaves that are sad. I am sorry you all have to go through this again after loosing Tommy not so long ago. Take care my love is with you.
    Tammy

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