Wilma H. Groe
Wilma H. Groe, 97, Burlington, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 at her residence. The funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Burlington. Officiants were Rev. Melisa Bracht-Wagner and Mr. Gary Snider. Visitation followed the service with a celebration of life at The Loft, Burlington. Graveside services and burial were held Thursday, Jan. 3, at Sunset Rest Cemetery, Northwood. Memorials have been established for First United Methodist Church, Hope Haven and Burlington Art Guild.
Born Jan. 9, 1921 in Northwood, she was the daughter of Henry George and Minnie Florence (Conger) Neilandt. She married Kenneth Groe, July 6, 1941 in Northwood. He died Jan. 3, 1985.
Wilma graduated from Northwood High School. During World War II, she was a real life “Rosie the Riveter” working on the B-29 assembly line at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. She also worked as a self-employed bookkeeper for Ken’s Skelgas and part-time as a sales clerk at Schramm’s for 14 years.
Mrs. Groe was a member of First United Methodist Church.
She belonged to Burlington General Federation of Women’s Club, PEO Chapter NI, King’s Daughters, civic music, and various church circles.
Wilma enjoyed playing Bridge and in her retirement years, traveling the world with her husband, Ken. She had a passion for music that began early in life. She played the French horn for Northwood High School’s award winning band in 1936, and continued her love of music singing in the church choir for many years. Throughout her life Wilma was involved in all facets of Burlington arts, music and philanthropic organizations.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings: Chrystle White, Margaret Godfrey, Florence, Dale and Donald Neilandt; brother-in-laws; sister-in-laws; and special friend, Judy Steward.