Mary P. Groft
12/12/1936 - 03/10/2018

Mary P. “Mammaw” Groft, 81, of New Oxford, passed from this life on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Gettysburg Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Bernard J. Groft who died March 16, 2012. Born December 12, 1936 in Irishtown, she was the daughter of the late Edward T. and Genevieve C. (Moore) Smith. Mary was a member of Sacred Heart Basilica in Edgegrove and the Sacred Heart Club. She was a lifelong farmer, excellent mother, grandmother and seamstress. When going to Mary’s, friends would always end up staying longer because of the friendly conversations. Mary always enjoyed spending time with her friends and family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are four children, Rick Groft, Frank Groft and Barb Shriver and husband Doug all of New Oxford and Ann Motter and husband Greg of Biglerville; seven grandchildren, Dave Groft, Andy Groft, Kelly Hagerman, Beth Wakefield, Patricia Sentz, Jason Klinedinst and Mary Shriver; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, Logan, Lily, Jackson, Brynn, Wesley, Mitchell and Grayson; two sisters, Helen Lawrence of McSherrystown and Loretta Seabrook of Edgegrove and a sister-in-law Charlotte Rodgers of New Oxford. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Regina Bortner, Margaret Groft, Henrietta Gambrill, Edward Smith, Geraldine Klunk, Mary Caroline Steinour and Sr. Helen Gabriel Smith. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 am Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Basilica, Hanover, with Rev. Joseph R. Howard and Rev. Lawrence J. McNeil as concelebrants. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown with prayers at 8 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Dave Groft, Andy Groft, Allen Groft, Bob Groft, Jason Klinedinst and Steve Asper. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mary may be made to Sacred Heart Basilica 30 Basilica Dr., Hanover, PA 17331.            



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Posted at:03/17/2018 7:07 am
Lori Rhodes - lorirhodes1@comcast.net
To The Grofts: Praying for your peace! I always loved buying corn from Mary and having her help me with sewing. She will be missed. Lori and Sally Orendorff Chris-Abbey-Jake Rhodes (Larry Orendorff's Family)

Posted at:03/14/2018 1:01 pm
sherry McGlaughlin yeingst - syeingst2@gmail.com
Greg & Ann, so sorry for your loss. may she be in peace now. sending prayers for you & your family

Posted at:03/14/2018 10:10 am
Jennifer Steinour Beegle - jsb062869@gmail.com
I absolutely adored Mary. She was so kind and loving. Every time I asked her to provide some of her superb seamstress skills she was readily available with a smile and a good chat. When I walked into her kitchen, I didn't want to leave. Her voice reminded me so much of my own grandmother (Carrie Steinour) and I truly treasured the visits that I had with her. She will be sorely missed and I hope that her entire family and all of her friends hold good memories of her close to their hearts like I know I will... Sending kind and warm thoughts to all of you! Sincerely, Jennifer Steinour Beegle

Posted at:03/13/2018 10:10 pm
Vicki (Rife) Hughes - Tovimicheli@hotmail.com
Dear Groft Family: On behalf of my brother, Hilly, and myself... we want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of such a wonderful woman as your mother. May she rest in peace with the Lord she so loved. We know your dad was waiting with open arms. Our prayers are with you all.

Posted at:03/13/2018 8:08 am
JOE, ELAINE, EMILY AND MEAGAN DETTINBURN - edettinburn@comcast.net
We are sadden to hear of Mary's passing. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted at:03/13/2018 9:09 am
Linda and Jack Weyer - jleaglesnest@comcast.net
I am so sorry for your loss. Mary will be missed by all, she was a great lady and friend. We had a lot of great visits and I will miss that. Our prayers are with the family, always. Linda and Jack

Posted at:03/13/2018 11:11 am
ROBERT CROUSE - bc1234@embarqmail.com
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. MARY WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

Posted at:03/12/2018 5:05 pm
Judi Baugher - judbar1@yahoo.com
RICK, FRANK, BARB AND ANN. SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR MOMS PASSING. SHE WAS A GREAT LADY. YOU WERE CORRECT WHEN YOU SAID A FRIEND ALWAYS ENDING UP STAYING LONGER WHEN WE VISITED YOUR MOM. SHE ALWAYS KNEW HOW TO FIX OR MEND CLOTHING. SHE WILL BE MISSED. RIP MARY.S

Posted at:03/12/2018 7:07 pm
Karen langston - Dml1234@comcast.net
So very sorry to hear Aunt Mary has passed. I loved her smile! Thoughts and prayers sent to the family through this difficult time. Lots of love Karen

Posted at:03/12/2018 7:07 pm
Ronald crouse - Ronaldcrouse@ymail.com
I have many good memories of aunt mary and the farm. So will be missed,my condolences to the family

 
 
 
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