W. Lorene "Abe" Groesch
W. Lorene “Abe” Groesch, 93, of Springfield died Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born March 14, 1925 in Molino, MO to Oliver and Jewell (Key) Abell. She was the fifth of six children raised on a farm in rural Missouri. Throughout her life, she talked about the happy times on the farm with her parents, brothers, and sisters.
Following high school, Lorene was accepted into the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps. She graduated as a registered nurse from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. It was there that she was nicknamed Abe, short for Abell. Although it was her duty to deploy overseas as part of the Corps, WWII ended, so she remained in Springfield and worked as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital. It was in the emergency room that she met Lubert (Luby) Groesch, who had brought his nephew in for stiches. She and Luby were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1947.
She worked as a nurse throughout her life and was co-founder of the Nurses Central Registry that provided private-duty nursing services to critically ill patients in their home. Lorene was active in many nurses’ organizations, especially the St. John’s Nursing Alumni Association. She was a long-time member of St. Agnes Church and volunteered for many committees as an active participant in the parish. Lorene was beloved by family and friends. Her caring, fun-loving nature and genuine personality made people feel drawn to her. When those she knew were ill or in need of a friend, she was always there to help and lend her support. It was her quick wit and laughter that brightened and changed the lives of those around her.
She is survived by her daughter, Carole (Jack) Jones of Moscow, ID and son, Glenn (Anne) Groesch of Springfield; grandchildren, Brett Jones of Portland, OR, Jay Jones of Moscow, ID, Reed Groesch of Springfield, and Michael Groesch of Springfield; great-grandchildren, Oscar of Portland, OR, Jewel and Jack both of Moscow, ID; sister, Dorothy; sisters-in-law, Rita (Renato) Favero and Sunny (John W.) Owensby. Numerous nieces and nephews are included in her large extended family.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luby, and sons, Gregory and Gary. Also preceding her in death were her siblings CJ, Bernice, Kenneth, and Maxine.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. Agnes Church, 245 N. Amos Ave in Springfield from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass celebrating her life at 11 a.m. In addition, a celebration of life will be held in Moscow, ID in the spring. The family of Lorene would like to thank the administration and staff of Lewis Memorial Christian Village for their love, respect, and care of their mother over the last two years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church or Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
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