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Bernice Groves, 93

Bernice Groves, age 93, of Northfield, passed away Thursday morning, July 27, 2017, at the care center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

Bernice Mardell Kimber Groves was born October 11, 1923, in Eureka Township, Dakota County, Minn., to Fred and Agnes (Holt) Kimber. She was raised on the family farm and attended Castle Rock country school and Northfield High School. She went to nursing school in Minneapolis, and during that time she met a soldier named Clifford Groves, who was stationed at Fort Snelling. They married on January 26, 1945, in Jasper County, Illinois. Following Clifford's honorable discharge, they returned to Minnesota and Bernice stayed home to raise their boys. After Richard and Michael started school she went to work at Sheldahl, retiring in 1987 after 30 years of service. Clifford passed away in 1984. Bernice has been a resident of the Northfield Retirement Community since 2014. She was a true homemaker and homebody.

Survivors include her sons, Richard (Lola) of Dundas, Mike (Cheryl) of Farmington,; her sister, Janice (John) Dalby of Faribault; her brother, Duane Kimber of St. Ansgar, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, Brianna (Tom) Streefland, Daniel (Amy) Groves, Steven Groves, Bobbie Jo Groves, Allison Pharmer, Elizabeth (Mark) Lystad, Cathy (Dustin) Prodoehl; 14 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, John; her parents; her brother, Gordon Kimber; and her sisters, Mabel Christensen and Verna Kimber.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Sunday, July 30, at Christiania Lutheran Church in rural Lakeville. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at East Christiania Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Groves, Steven Groves, Tom Streefland, Mark Lystad, Dustin Prodoehl and Cory Berry.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.