Monday, October 5, 2009

David Howard Groff (1940-2009)

It is with great sadness that I tell you of Darrell's fathers passing. Dave (aka Grandpa Groff) died on Friday morning about 1:00 a.m. most likely of a heart attack or of a heart anurysm. His heart was fighting back and he actually flat-lined 6 times and came back, but on the seventh time, his heart was just not strong enough. He was not coherant during this time, and was not in pain.
Betty (Darrell's Mom) is doing as well as she can. They were married for 47 years...that's a long time. Dave adored Betty. For the past 11 years, they lived in La Quinta and spent all day everyday together. She feels like a part of her died also. She keeps thinking, "Dave put the trash out on the curb, and 6 hours later he was dead." She is staying with us, and will continue to do so as long as she wants. We are looking for an apartment for her, where she can be closer to us and to Darrell's brother.
Truthfully, this has been much for difficult than I could have imagined. We are all completely mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted.
I am so thankful that we got to spend several days with them this summer when we vacationed in Palm Springs. He and Nathan watched hours and hours of the Little League World Series together. He was SO proud of his grandkids, and of Darrell and Gary.
We love and miss you Dave. Rest in peace Grandpa in peace.

1 comment:

Grammy said...

Dana - A very touching memorial to Dave and a great picture of all of you - I know it will be difficult for everyone for a while. Hopefully Betty will be able to move on and keep busy with her family and enjoy her very special grandkids.