Michael A. Groeschner, 69, previously of Stamford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2011 at his home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, with his wife, Bonnie, at his side. He was 69.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Cecile (Ford) Groeschner; his brothers; John Groeschner (Marie) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Raymond Groeschner of Honolulu, Hawaii; his sisters, Janis Owens of Lakewood, Colorado, and Lois Salvatore and husband Guy of Belvidere, North Carolina; his children, Eileen Kaether and Allen Groeschner, and their mother, Pamela Groeschner, all from Stamford, Connecticut.
In his earlier days, Mike was honored to have served in the Air Force, which also enabled him to pursue his love of music by playing the clarinet and saxophone in the Air Force band. This was followed by a career in lithography at Graphic Color Plate.
He was an avid outdoorsman who eagerly looked forward to hunting season and passionately applied his skills as a deer hunter, archer, fisherman and golfer.
His innate thirst for knowledge and applied sciences allowed him to shine as a self-taught computer guru, ham radio/CB operator and e-mail connoisseur.
Later in life, he shifted gears, embracing his easy-going nature by endlessly tending to his ever-growing vegetable garden, entrancing himself in a vast collection of paperback novels and savoring the precious moments spent in spirited conversation with his loved ones both near and far. He will forever be remembered for his quirky but lovable ways that touched them all.
Visitation was held Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home chapel. Local arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Congregational Church of Stamford, 1 Walton Place Stamford, CT 06901, http://fccstamford.org/contact.php, on October 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a private reception. Donations and flowers can be arranged through the church.