Ione V. Grothaus, 96, of Le Mars, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Ione Viola Grothaus was born Oct. 28, 1907, in Eagle Grove, the daughter of Peter O. and Sarah Jennie (Wood) Peterson. Ione started her education in Eagle Grove. Her mother died when Ione was 10 years of age, so she moved to Forest City to live with extended family. She later moved to Sioux City to live with her sister Pauline Pettit.
Ione worked as a cook for a family near Kingsley. This is where she met her future husband John "Jack" Grothaus. The couple were wed on March 24, 1926, in Sioux City. They moved to Le Mars from Kingsley in 1942 when Jack was transferred by the Iowa Highway Commission. Jack died Dec. 9, 1976. Ione remained in Le Mars and moved to the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center on April 9, 1996, where she enjoyed playing with the handbell choir. She enjoyed all the activities at Brentwood and it was hard to find her in her room.
Ione was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She was active in Circle and Altar Guild. She was a member of the Sunshine Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Throughout the years Ione collected numerous handbells.
Survivors include her son, Robert Grothaus and his wife, Charlotte, of Sioux City; two grandchildren, Richard John Grothaus of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brenda Marie Grimsley and her husband, Ron of Sloan; five great-grandchildren Alixandria, Hylarie and Jordan Dorpinghaus, Holly Grimsley, Josh Grimsley and his special friend, Cathy Boyle; and a sister-in-law, Marian Grothaus of Cherokee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack; and siblings Melbourn Peterson, Orville Peterson, Pauline Pettit and Arlene Rogers
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Gary Landsness will officiate and burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church and will continue until the start of the funeral service. The Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.