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Lorraine Elizabeth Loveland

F, b. February 25, 1905, d. August 24, 1949

Family: Roland Laurence Groves (b. December 10, 1907, d. January 12, 1989)


  • Birth: Lorraine Elizabeth Loveland was born on February 25, 1905 in Janesville, Rock Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Roland Laurence Groves were married in 1927.
  • Death: Lorraine Elizabeth Loveland died on August 24, 1949, at age 44, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Roland Robert Groves

M, b. January 10, 1930, d. November 14, 2012



  • Birth: Roland Robert Groves was born on January 10, 1930 in Janesville, Rock Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 14, 2012, at age 82, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Robert R. Groves - My best companion left this world on November 14, 2012, and at last is comfortable. He was determined to fight his cancer without ever complaining and was always grateful for any assistance. "Mr. Positive" lived his 82 years with a firm conviction that attitude was the most important virtue, and proved that "age was a matter of attitude." Our thirty-six years of Friday night dates have ended.

    Bobby was born in Janesville to Roland and Lorraine (Loveland) Groves on January 10, 1930. He was raised and lived in Madison along Mendota's shore with his sister Barbara. Together they spent a great amount of time with Grandma Howard. Bob was a member of the Madison Drum and Bugle Corp, and at the age of seventeen he moved to Appleton and graduated with the class of 1948. Bob loved sports, especially boxing and football, where his agility resulted in a nickname of Scooter. Following graduation, he enlisted in the army and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with the 4011th unit in the 2nd Battalion of the 37th Armor Regiment. There he became the Camp Champion boxer and had honor of being in charge of the motor pool despite not having a driver's license! "No problem," he told me, " I hired a driver." Following discharge Bob returned to Appleton and worked in various sales positions including: retail, auto sales and Wisconsin Electric and Power Company. He married Elizabeth LaPorte on May 30, 1952. He was married to Elizabeth for eighteen years and together they had seven children. On February 10, 1978, he married Jeanne Tomcek in Orlando. Their marriage was blessed with two additional children.

    Bob entered the Insurance Industry in 1956 and was still active at the time of his death. He was honored as "Mr. Metropolitan" from 1957 until 1981, had held the distinction of being named a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. A crowning achievement was leading his team to top sales in the United States, Canada and Europe in 1966. Bob was a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters and shared his expertise with countless other organizations and causes. He retired from Met in 1986 and founded Apple Valley Insurance and Financial Services at the age 56. His son Rob joined the agency in 1992, and remains the owner today. Bob loved his work, his fellow associates (especially the Met veterans), and his clients. He never really considered it work but rather solving problems and he was good at it. He loved people, was a compassionate and analytical thinker, and a highly successful closer. He had an excellent memory for names, birthdates and excelled at mental math.

    Always the salesman, he won my father's approval of our marriage - not an easy task when there is an age difference of seventeen years and you are already the father of seven children! My father approved but there was one contingency: "You spoil her - you keep her!" What an incredible husband and father he was. He always kept us laughing and learning.

    One of his greatest joys was watching his children and grandchildren. He was always their biggest fan. He happily sat through numerous baseball, basketball, football, and soccer games as well as recitals and horse shows. There are seventeen grandchildren, and Bob had hoped to meet his first great -grandchild who is expected in February.

    He loved golf, especially Thursday afternoons when he could play with his wonderful friends. And he also loved the evening after glow. He had established a corner seat at the bar where he pontificated on life, politics, and sports with a Special Export in hand. He was saddened by his arthritic joints and increasing handicap but he still came out and played. He once remarked that he needed to live longer in order to play to his age! Always that positive attitude.

    Bob is survived by his wife: Jeanne Tomcek Groves of Appleton;

    His nine children: Christine Makris of Arlington, Virginia, and her children Michael (Katie), Nicolas (Lizette) and Alexander;

    Gary and Wendy Groves of Hortonville and their children Travis, Nathan (Sarah), and Melissa;

    Michele and Tomas Makris of Fredericksburg, Virginia and their children Martin, Lexie and Elliot;

    Susan and John Nagel of Appleton and their children Alyson and Christopher;

    Julie and Robert Green of Minneapolis and their children Emily, Sara and Mia;

    Rob and Kitty Groves of Appleton and their children Parker, Bennett and Delaney;

    Jon Groves of Milwaukee and his fiancée Anita Pollock;

    Jennifer Groves of Appleton.

    He also leaves behind a sister: Barbara (Richard) Dewey of Madison; three brothers: Dennis (Linda) Groves of DePere; Patrick Groves of Eagle, Wisconsin; and Brian (Carla) Groves of Fremont. He is also survived by Jeanne's siblings: Rosie (Jack) Filbrandt of Antigo; Jan (Rob) Comstock of Bailey's Harbor; and Jerry (Audrey) Tomcek of Aniwa; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Mark Groves and son-in-law James Makris.

    Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park.

    Thank you Bobby, for being my best friend, for always having my back, and speaking well of me. I treasure the years of tears, laughter and bantering. I will listen to your parting advice. You were right when you said you gave me the best years of your life. I will always be grateful for you giving me this loving family. We hold you close and there you will remain to walk with us through our lives. You are in my heart and deep in my soul. I love you.

    Bobby's family and close friends will forever remember his humor, quick wit and one liners which have become known as "Grovesisms". Who will ever forget him exclaiming, "Charge me and I will send you a bill", or "It's so unbelievable, I can't believe it!"

Barbara Groves

F, b. December 18, 1928, d. February 15, 2013



  • Birth: Barbara Groves was born on December 18, 1928 in Madison, Dane Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on February 15, 2013, at age 84, in Madison, Dane Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: MADISON - Our queen abdicated her throne today. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, who will forever live larger than life itself, closed her last chapter on Feb. 15, 2013. As tenacious as she was throughout her life she, no less, matched that same resolve; savoring every last morsel of life's bounty—defying all odds—before her final farewell at 84 years of age. She never was a quitter, and by God, it wasn't until her body resigned that she let go of living, gracefully.

    But before departing, she checked her hair and put on a classy shade of pink lipstick. Our enigmatic queen always wanted to look her best for her love of 61 years, Dick Dewey. The West High School sweethearts never stopped looking at each other as if it were that memorable first glance; a love that bloomed big and bright from that moment forward, a love so few know.

    Barb was born in Madison, on Dec. 18, 1928. Her parents, Roland and Lorraine (Loveland) Groves, raised both Barb and her younger brother, Bob, along the water's edge of Lake Mendota. Brother and sister also treasured great memories with Gram Howard; a rare woman who had an abundant capacity for love, flair, wit and charm. And, she was a great cook, to boot! Barb and Bob adored her.

    Barb graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in English. She and Dick married their senior year. Shortly after graduation they headed west to Seattle, where Dick accepted a position with Boeing. Over the course of 14 years, Boeing took their budding family to Texas and Florida. Dick then assumed a management position with PBP, the family-owned business, that took them over the Golden Gate to a west coast life they relished for several years. The song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," never failed to mist Barb's gray eyes. But the CEO position offered to Dick brought them back to their permanent home in Madison, where the expanding company set up its head office, and became SYCOM, ultimately.

    With a fourth child on the way and a demanding job, life's pace picked up considerably! And they loved it. A lot of entertaining and traveling came with the new position. Barb was the consummate hostess; indulging her creative bent, from gourmet menus to Japanese floral arrangements. She was in her element, as was Dick. Their four kids embraced the Wisconsin lifestyle, as well. Skiing, sailing, and school activities filled their bustling days. When Dick retired early, they took to the skies, and seas—all over the world. Barb's favorite place was Mexico, where she could speak Spanish fluently with the natives.

    Her bi-lingual abilities were only one small facet of her larger persona. She was a talented, classical pianist, who studied her craft very seriously. Chopin's notes resounded through the house in the early morning hours. She was a wordsmith, as well. She dabbled in words with a passion akin to a wine connoisseur's heightened palate, as a poet without form. She loved to feel words roll off her tongue and waft into others' senses, along with her own. Barb was a generous mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a contemporary and reveled in all of their lives. She had much to say and was always willing to share her opinion, perhaps kibitzing would be a better expression. Barb had many favorite sayings, all were warmly called "Barbisms." One which she shared ad nauseum with her children when they were teenagers was "it's not about aptitude, it's about attitude." She would tell you that she was a discerning woman. A simple woman, even (though few who knew her could accept her self-description with a straight face). Above all, she would wish us to remember her as the lady she was, a stunning lady.

    Barb is survived by her beloved husband, Richard Thompson Dewey of Madison; her four children, Lynn Maertz (Randy) of Stoughton, and their children, Kimberly Corcoran (Harry) and Stephanie Lang (Shannon); Lisa Dewey (Kevin Osgood) of Abilene, Texas, and her children, Whitman Dewey-Smith and Corwin Dewey-Smith (fiancee, Natalie Griffin); Rick Dewey (Sally) of Green Bay, and their children, Alex (Ashley, son Evan) Dewey, Kelsey Dewey and Lauren Dewey; and Jane Dewey (Jason Cronin) of Huntsville, Ala., and their daughter, Jamie Cronin. She also leaves behind sister-in-law, Jeanne Tomcek Groves of Appleton; brother-in-law, Lawrence Dewey (Nancy) of Madison; and three brothers, Dennis Groves (Linda) of De Pere, Patrick Groves of Eagle, Wis., and Brian Groves (Carla) of Fremont.

    She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Groves (1948); her father, Roland Groves (1989) and her dear brother, Robert Groves (2012) of Appleton.

John L Heindl

M, b. March 10, 1902, d. July 27, 1956

Family: Clara E Dombrowski (b. October 24, 1909, d. April 24, 2004)


  • Birth: John L Heindl was born on March 10, 1902.
  • Marriage: He and Clara E Dombrowski were married on November 22, 1926 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John L Heindl died on July 27, 1956, at age 54.
  • Burial: He was buried in St John Cemetery, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Clara E Dombrowski

F, b. October 24, 1909, d. April 24, 2004

Family: John L Heindl (b. March 10, 1902, d. July 27, 1956)


  • Birth: Clara E Dombrowski was born on October 24, 1909.
  • Marriage: She and John L Heindl were married on November 22, 1926 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Clara E Dombrowski died on April 24, 2004, at age 94.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Lucille Heindl

F, b. January 17, 1932, d. August 27, 1980


Family: John M Hammes (b. May 1, 1923, d. January 21, 1978)


  • Birth: Lucille Heindl was born on January 17, 1932 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on August 27, 1980, at age 48.
  • Burial: She was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Neenah, Wisconsin.

John M Hammes

M, b. May 1, 1923, d. January 21, 1978

Family: Lucille Heindl (b. January 17, 1932, d. August 27, 1980)


  • Birth: John M Hammes was born on May 1, 1923 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 21, 1978, at age 54.
  • Burial: He was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Michael J Hammes

M, b. December 13, 1960, d. June 17, 2017



  • Birth: Michael J Hammes was born on December 13, 1960 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on June 17, 2017, at age 56.
  • Burial: He was buried in Lakeview Memorial Park, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Michael J. "Hammer" Hammes, age 56, of Neenah, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, as the result of a motorcycle accident. He was born December 13, 1960, in Neenah to the late John and Lucille (Heindl) Hammes. On August 3, 1996, Mike married Sharon Strohecker. For almost 39 years he worked at the Neenah Foundry. Mike's passions were his family and motorcycling, and he loved Scooby-Doo. He was always willing to help anyone and everyone he met he made friends with.

    Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon Hammes; children, Jennifer Kallas (Eric), Jillanne (Michael) Borst, Josh Hammes, Melissa Hammes, Jeremy Hammes (Amanda), Kyle (Melissa) Hammes; grandchildren, Brandon, Teresa, Brianna, Austin, Makayla, Robbie, McKenzie, Hunter, and Chelsey; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Hailey; two sisters, Patty (Greg) Muthig, Sandy (Ken) Rozek; a brother, Ronald (Kathy) Hammes;; five nephews, two nieces, other relatives, and friends.

    Along with his parents, Mike was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Clara Heindl; a son, Jason Kallas; a sister, Mary Forbes; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Beatrice and Donald Strohecker, Sr.; and a niece, Lisa McMillan.

    A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, June 23, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. Visitation will continue on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Lake View Memorial Park, Oshkosh.

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    I am going to be lost without you Pappio!

    You were the love of my life, my best friend, my soul mate. We decided to take this ride together but it wasn't supposed to be this short...

Sharon Lynn Strohecker


Family: Michael J Hammes (b. December 13, 1960, d. June 17, 2017)

Sandra Lee Hammes



Kenneth Richard Rozek


Ronald Hammes



Daniel Butzke


Michael Derouin


Karen Kempen



Brian Vandenack



Stephanie Vandenack



Family: Jeremy Busch

Jeremy Busch


Martin Bronold

M, b. August 12, 1873, d. 1950


Family: Anna Kristel (b. 1876, d. November 21, 1961)


  • Birth: Martin Bronold was born on August 12, 1873 in Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Kristel were married on July 4, 1899 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Martin Bronold died in 1950, at age ~77.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Immigration: He immigrated in 1892.

Anna Kristel

F, b. 1876, d. November 21, 1961


Family: Martin Bronold (b. August 12, 1873, d. 1950)


  • Birth: Anna Kristel was born in 1876.
  • Marriage: She and Martin Bronold were married on July 4, 1899 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Kristel died on November 21, 1961, at age ~85.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Rose Dorothy Bronold

F, b. January 22, 1905



  • Birth: Rose Dorothy Bronold was born on January 22, 1905 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

William Conrad Bronold

M, b. December 20, 1905, d. April 15, 1985


Family: Ella Hinzman (b. October 22, 1912, d. July 7, 1998)


  • Birth: William Conrad Bronold was born on December 20, 1905 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 15, 1985, at age 79.
  • Burial: He was buried in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Alois Kristel

M, b. circa 1845



  • Birth: Alois Kristel was born circa 1845.