Dolores Ann Grotrian, one of five children of Harm and Evalene (Sargent) Harms, was born October 2, 1936, in Sterling, Nebraska. She was baptized January 31, 1937, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sterling. Dolores attended school in Sterling, where she graduated from high school.

On August 14, 1955, Dolores was united in marriage to Paul C. Grotrian at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling. They made their home near Talmage, Nebraska and were blessed with five children: Arlen, Lori, Linda, Jim, and Kathy.

Dolores and Paul and family moved to the farm near Johnson in 1971.

After her marriage, Dolores transferred from St. John’s to Zion Lutheran Church north of Johnson. She and Paul later transferred to Martin Luther Lutheran Church south of Johnson.

Dolores was the ultimate farm wife. In addition to preparing lunches and other food she could often be found helping with chores and loved driving the grain truck during harvest.

She played organ at Zion Lutheran for over 40 years and enjoyed painting and card club. Dolores was happy when she was mowing or working with her flowers or vegetable garden. She enjoyed coffee with her many friends and loved spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.

Paul passed away on October 1, 2017, and Dolores moved into Johnson in 2018. As her health deemed necessary, she became a resident of Long’s Creek Assisted Living in Auburn, Nebraska in February of 2019 and moved to Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in November that year. She enjoyed making new friends at all of her new homes.

With family around her, Dolores passed away at Good Sam in Auburn on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at the age of 85 years, 1 month, and 2 days. In addition to her husband Paul, Dolores was preceded in death by her daughter Kathryn, sister Donna Gadeken, son-in-law Stanley Post, brothers-in-law Kenny Gadeken and Ervin Hansen, brother Larry Harms, parents Harm and Evalene Harms, and parents-in-law Carl and Leona (Brehm) Grotrian.

Those left to forever miss Dolores’ love and warmth include her children Arlen and wife Kathie Grotrian of Johnson, Lori and husband Craig Behrends of Auburn, Linda Post of Syracuse, Jim and wife Lisa Grotrian of Plattsmouth; grandchildren Blayne, Michael, Stacy, Andy, Joel, Tracie, Ryan, Adam, and Eric; great-grandchildren Jalen, Brooklyn, Lauren, Reese, Addison, Ella, Joscelyn, Lleyton, Quentin, Mason, Rowen, Calvin, Rylie, Baker, Kyler, Audrey, Ethan, Elliott, Jackson, and Kaycee; sister Harlene Hansen, sister and brother-in-law Carol and Larry Hall; sister-in-law Lois Wellman; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was Monday, November 8, 2021, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Ken Tubbesing. Loretta Kerchal was organist and accompanist for songs by the church choir and the congregation. Casket bearers were Blayne Behrends, Michael Behrends, Terry Benham, Andy Grotrian, Joel Grotrian, Eric Beethe, Ryan Post, Adam Post, and Eric Post. Honorary bearers were Stacy Benham, Daleen Behrends, Bonnie Behrends, Tracie Beethe, Amber Grotrian, Brianna Grotrian, Ann Post, Emily Post, and Sarah Post. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Johnson.

Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

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