October 1, 2009
Colleen Faye Grupe
Colleen Faye Grupe, age 80, of Delavan, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at Parker Oaks in Winnebago. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 1:30 PM, at The United Methodist Church in Delavan, with Rev. Victoria Ashley officiating. Burial will be in Rice Lake Cemetery, rural Delavan. Visitation time will be from 6:30-8:30 PM, on Friday, October 2, 2009, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, Winnebago and continuing one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com.
Colleen (McDermott) Grupe was born May 08, 1929, at her family’s farm near Armstrong, Iowa. She was the daughter of William and Gladys (Altizer) McDermott, and was raised on a farm near Delavan. Colleen graduated from Delavan Public School in 1947. She married Gordon Grupe in Delavan on August 15, 1948. Colleen enjoyed music and sporting events, and spent many nights and weekends at concerts and athletic events for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling around the country with Gordon.
Colleen is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gordon Grupe of Delavan; son Randy (Renee) Grupe of Trimont; son, Paul (Brenda) Grupe of Jackson; and daughter, Kayla (Dayton) Westra of Fulda. Colleen had eleven grandchildren: Jayden (and Fiancé Miranda), Cailey, and Conner Grupe; Brianna, Kendra, Marissa, Shawna, Brandon, and Kenny Grupe; Maddy and Claire Westra. She is also survived by her twin sister, Colette Jenkins, and her older sister, Delores Walker Nilson.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, brother Keith, infant brother George, brothers-in-law Arnold Jenkins and Roland Walker, and sisters-in-law Ruth (Grupe) Trouth and Jeanette (Grupe) Stauffer.