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Marcille Groenke, 89

Marcille M. Groenke, age 89, of Minneapolis, formerly of New Germany, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

There will be a funeral service Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, 3430 51st St. in Minneapolis.

Memorials preferred to Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with the Bradshaw Funeral Home, Minneapolis.

Marcille was born and raised in New Germany.

She was proud of her 41 years of employment with Honeywell. During those years, she worked on many projects including the main control on the space shuttle, with the opportunity to meet Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Jim Lowell.

A member of the Honeybelles for many years, Marcille served as the group’s president in 1968.

Marcille was a world traveler and enjoyed learning the culture and traditions, and meeting the people of each country she visited. Some of her most memorable travels were spending Christmas in the Holy Land in 1969; and a Lutheran Women’s Mission Orient trip to Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines in 1981. She also traveled to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip with her friend, Lucille McGee and great-nephew, Joshua. Marcille was thankful for the many trips she took with her family and friends.

Her greatest joy was caring for Joshua, who was born premature. They have many special memories and traveled the world together.

Marcille spent many years volunteering at Fairview Hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit, helping care for babies. She made many quilts for St. Joseph’s Home for Children and other nearby hospitals; and volunteered many years for the American Cancer Society garage sale. Over the years, Marcille received several awards for her time and generosity.

She collected Hummels, and attended many Hummel conventions over the years. She also enjoyed quilting with friends, and needlepoint. Her most treasured creation was a Christmas tree made of jewelry.

Marcille was proud of her faith in the Lord and her gift to serve others. She was an active member of her church and was known for the delicious treats she would bring to vacation Bible school.

Marcille lived her life according to these words, “Not the house I lived in, not the car I drove, but the world might be different because I was important in the life of a child.” She wants her family and friends to know she’s in God’s keeping, and we’ll meet again someday.

She is survived by her brother, George; sisters-in-law, Joan and Gloria; nephews Scott (Brenda), Steve (Jodi), Wyman, and Craig (Chris); great-nephews and great-nieces Jenn (Alex), Joshua, Nathaniel, Ashley, Tyler, Dilan, Halen, Kali and Lake; and great-great nieces Olivia Dale and Isabelle Lillian.

Marcille was preceded in death by her parents, William and Wilhelmina; sister Lillian; and brothers Willard, Milan, Edward, Ralph, Donald and Dale.

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