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Virginia Louise Hower DeGroff
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1918
Huntington County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 2008
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

Virginia Louise DeGroff
Feb. 19, 1918 - June 26, 2008

SOUTH BEND - Virginia Louise DeGroff, 90, of South Bend, died following an illness at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2008, in Memorial Hospital. Mrs. DeGroff was born February 19, 1918, in Huntington, IN, to the late Clarence M. and Della (Betz) Hower, and had lived in South Bend since 1946, coming from Huntington.

On April 3, 1943, in Little Rock, AR, as Virginia Louise Hower, she married Donald R. DeGroff, who preceded her in death March 10, 1989. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild, one sister and four brothers.

She is survived by one daughter, Marjorie Kay Rajanna of Kansas City, MO; two sons, Donald R. (Melanie) DeGroff Jr. of Elkhart, IN, and Alan K. (Diane) DeGroff of North Liberty, IN; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanne Gilbert of Uniondale, IN.

She was a longtime member of First Christian Church. Louise had an outward vision that encouraged family and friends to develop their gifts and recognize their potential. She was interested in knowing and participating in the interests and activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Louise understood the peace, wisdom, joy and power gained from God's word and her life of service to the church, family and friends was a living witness to Him. She was intelligent and witty. She laughed at life circumstances and at herself. Her life will continue to be an inspiration and model for her family and friends.

Memorial services for Louise will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2nd, in First Christian Church, with Rev. William Wassner officiating. Cremation will take place at Welsheimer Crematory, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Crossing, 2930 South Nappanee Street, Suite D, Elkhart, IN 46517; or to Youth For Christ, 174 State Street, P.O. Box 73, Elkhart, IN 46515. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., is handling arrangements. Family and friends may send e-mail condolences to

Published in the South Bend Tribune on 6/29/2008. 
Family links: 
  Clarence M. Hower (1893 - 1970)
  Della Irene Betz Hower (1899 - 1989)
  Donald R DeGroff (1912 - 1989)*
  Edgar Eugene Hower (1916 - 1998)*
  Virginia Louise Hower DeGroff (1918 - 2008)
  George Herman Hoover Hower (1920 - 1921)*
  Donald Dewayne Hower (1922 - 2007)*
  Vaughn R. Hower (1924 - 1987)*
  Naomi E. Baker/Hower Beaver (1932 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Highland Cemetery
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jul 01, 2008
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