Mary (Mrs. Haakon Bjarne) Groseth died at home Sept. 24, 2010, in Bozeman, Montana. Mary exuded dignity, grace, humor and faith. She was interesting and interested in everyone she met. She was born Jan. 20, 1912, in Chokio, Minn., to Michael and Anna (Lee) Reardon. Her mother died in 1915 and she was raised by her father's brother William and his wife Delia. Besides her parents and foster parents, she is predeceased by her three sisters and a brother.
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On Feb. 8, 1937, she married Haakon B. Groseth in Austin, Minn. He preceded her in death on March 24, 1987, 44 days after their 50th wedding anniversary when all the family had gathered to celebrate, at their home in Sarasota, Fla.
She is survived by five children: son, Jon (Carol) of San Diego; daughter, Mary Ann Nichols (John) of Lake City, Colo., and Sewanee, Tenn.; son, Robert Groseth of Evanston, Ill.; son, Rolf Groseth (Jaynee) of Bozeman; and daughter, Sanna Groseth Bunnell of Portland, Ore.
She also leaves behind her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jack Nichols (Leslie) and their children, Johnny and Thomas; Tracy Nichols Coffin (Mike) and their daughter, Mary Hatley; Dawson Nichols( Jenny) and their children, Hannah Rugh and Peder Groseth (Jessica), and Anders Groseth .
Her extended family included step-grandchildren, Greg Bunnell and Molly Bunnell Ferris; step-great-grandchildren, Tyler and JD Coffin; and foster children of Jon and Carol Groseth: Jennifer, Christina and Deborah.
In addition to raising her family with the help of her husband, she was involved all her life in volunteer work: Chicago Infant Welfare Society, Hinsdale Hospital and St. Isaac Jogues Church in Hinsdale, Ill., where they raised their children. In Sarasota, she was a member and president of Symphony Women, and in Bozeman she worked at the library and with RSVP. She was a member of Holy Rosary Parish in Bozeman.
The family wants to give special recognition and thanks to the kind and caring staff at Spring Meadows, where she resided. They made Spring Meadow her home.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, now meeting at 210 South Grand Ave. in Bozeman. Luncheon reception to follow at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Bozeman Public Library for the purchase of large print books. Each time she moved, the public library was her first visit.
Her ashes will be placed in her husband's grave in Bronswood Cemetery in Hinsdale, Ill., where they raised their family from 1941-64.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 26, 2010