Rev. Edward M. Groop, age 83, of French Lake, died Friday, July 10, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Rev. Edward Matthew Groop was born in Aberdeen, SD Oct. 24, 1936, to Edward and Signe (Gustafson) Groop. He was baptized at Savo Lutheran Church in Frederick, SD, and later confirmed in his faith at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Berkeley, CA.
Edward graduated from Berkeley High School. He continued his education at San Francisco State and the University of California, Berkeley, and completed Seminary at Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley.
On Aug. 22, 1958, Edward was united in marriage to Margaret Mae Leinonen at St. Michael’s in Berkeley; they were blessed with four sons and 61 years together. Pastor Groop served many congregations and communities over the years; starting in 1964 at St. Henry’s Lutheran in Nisula, MI, then in Elo, MI, and at Faith Lutheran in Pelkie, MI. After five years, they moved to New Berry, MI, where he served at Our Redeemer Lutheran four years. For 27 years, Pastor Groop served at Svea Lutheran in Hager City, WI and Tabor Lutheran in Bay City, WI. In 2001, Margaret and Edward moved to French Lake where Pastor Groop served for 16 years at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, retiring in 2017.
Pastor Groop enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and sharing a good joke. He loved the time he was able to spend with his wife and their four sons.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; four sons, Marc (Judy), Karl, and John all of Ontonagon, MI, and Eric of Beldenville, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Signe.
Private funeral services for immediate family members took place at 11 a.m, Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel with Pastor DelRoy Johnson officiating. The funeral was live-streamed on Dingmann Funeral Care’s website. Private family burial followed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery, French Lake. Public visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale. The family requests that all attendees wear a mask or face covering.
Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.
Obituary, guestbook, and funeral webcast online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.