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Gwendolyn P. Groves

October 26, 1930 — April 18, 2023


Gwendolyn P. Groves, 92, of Goshen, formerly of Bristol, passed away Tuesday April 18, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.  Gwendolyn was born on October 26, 1930, to the late Wendelin and Minnie (Till) Lenz in South Bend, Indiana.  On April 5th, 1948 she married Thomas K. Groves and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage before his passing on April 10, 2006.

Gwendolyn is survived by her 9 children, Michael (Carolyn) Groves, Greg (Lea) Groves, Gail (Dottie) Groves, Rick (Barb) Groves, Terry (JJ Webster) Groves, Janice (Jerry) Collins, Tim (Rose) Groves, Paula (Merritt) Groves, Lisa (Doug) Forbes; 24 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 26 great great grandchildren. Gwen was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister Dorothy Pence and her brothers Howard and Ray Lenz.

Even with a large family, she always made time for each and every one of them. She provided constant love and support to her family. She enjoyed crocheting and made each of her great grandchildren and great great grandchildren their own blankets. She loved her daytime shows, the Hallmark channel, Turner Classic movies, working word puzzles and her dog Chloe.

Visitation for Gwendolyn will be held from 4-8 pm on Friday, April 21, 2023  at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd, Elkhart, Indiana 46514.  Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery, Bristol.
Memorial contributions in Gwendolyn’s name may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 1178 Fremont Court, Suite 2, Elkhart, IN 46516 or Humane Society of Elkhart, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507 The family would like to thank Heart to Heart Hospice and Visiting Angels for their compassionate care for Gwendolyn. Online condolences to the family may be sent to Gwen’s family at


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

Heart to Heart Hospice
1178 Fremont Court, Suite 2, Elkhart IN 46516

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

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Elkhart, IN 46514

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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