Ethel Groff


Ethel Groff

Ethel N. Groff, 90, of Pierre

DIED: Saturday, November 30 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital

MEMORIAL SERVICE: 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 4 at Isburg Funeral Chapel with Pastor Peggy Stempson officiating

Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Ethel Naomi was born on March 6, 1923 in Santa Fe, NM to Asa Blaine and Dorothy (Thompson) Gnagy. She grew up in Santa Fe where she attended school. In 1941, she moved to San Diego and then to Burbank, CA until 1962 then back to San Diego where she met and married Gene Groff on April 26, 1968 in Alpine, CA. After Gene’s retirement from the Navy SeaBee-s in 1978, they moved to Arkansas. In 1996, she and Gene moved to Pierre.

Ethel was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and sewing, traveling to various places and volunteering.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Gene Groff, of Pierre; children: Blaine Lawless, Ginger Kemp and David Groff; nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

Memorials may be directed to the Hayes Chapel Church in Clarksville, AR.

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