In memory of
Barbara Schwalm Groeb
In memory of
Barbara Schwalm Groeb
Groeb, Barbara Schwalm 6/1/1935 - 3/25/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Barbara Schwalm Groeb, age 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Barb was with her son, Fred, when she drew her last breath. She had fought valiantly against COPD for several years. Barb was born on June 1, 1935 in Deerfield, Michigan to Worthy and Edith Schwalm. She was raised with love on a farm with five other siblings. Barb attended Adrian College. In 1955, Barb married John Knight. Together they had three boys – Fred, Kevin and Chris. One of the greatest tragedies in her life was when Kevin died of spina bifida several weeks after being born. Barb and John raised Fred and Chris in South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina and in Clinton, Michigan. For most of her life, Barb was a stay-at-home mom doing a beautiful job raising her boys. She owned an antique business where she would sell linens, furniture, dishes and other items at the Ann Arbor Antiques Market. As her family grew up, she worked as an office manager for two construction companies. Later in life, she worked in household goods at Hudson's Department Store in Ann Arbor. Being a fantastic cook, baker and home maker made it very easy for her to sell household goods. Over the years, she won several sales awards and prizes at Hudson's. She was Employee of the Month several times, and Barb was named one of Hudson's Finest for being a Top 10 Salesperson in the whole store. On January 8, 1992 Barb married the love of her life, Bob Groeb. They resided in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Barb and Bob had a very loving relationship. They genuinely enjoyed being with each other. Together they traveled to Germany and made lots of trips to Las Vegas. They loved to visit the casinos in Michigan. Barb and Bob would routinely start their day at either Benny's Bakery or Washtenaw Dairy visiting with close friends. In 1998, Barb's mom passed away. A poem was written to honor Edith that included verses about the family. A verse about Barb read "Barb was friends with all she knew." And this could not be a truer statement. She always took a deep interest in everyone she got to know. As you had a conversation with Barb, she would listen intently as you discussed what was going on in your life. She would be delighted in everything good that was going on. She would be your biggest cheerleader. Barb could console you like no other when things were not going well. She would give you the best pep talks to help pick you up or help you believe in yourself. And the next time you met, no matter how long it was, she would remember every detail of your life and continue to be one of your best friends. Barb enjoyed the simple things in life. She had a great sense of humor. Her laugh made everyone feel good. Barb always had a smile on her face. She took much pride in being a home maker. Barb always had beautiful gardens. She loved watching sports especially Michigan Football and Michigan State Basketball. Barb relished in being a Grandma to nine grandchildren and four great-grandkids. Her most important accomplishment was raising a beautiful family. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Worthy and Edith Schwalm; three brothers, Richard Schwalm, Harold Schwalm and Gary Schwalm; her sister, Kay Halley; and her son, Kevin Knight. Barb is survived by her loving husband, Bob; her sons Fred (Sally) Knight and Chris (Toni) Knight; her stepsons, Robbie (Michelle) Groeb and Kevin (Gretchen) Groeb; her stepdaughter, Rebecca Groeb; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Tony) Loiselle, Keith (Tabitha) O'Brien, Joelle Groeb, Laura Knight, Sarah O'Brien, Kevin Knight, Elizabeth Knight, Emily Groeb and Nolan Groeb; and four great-grandkids, Lucy & Amelia Loiselle, and Bailey & William O'Brien. She is also survived by her brother, Daryl (Linda) Schwalm as well as several cousins, and nieces & nephews that she was very close to. A Celebration of Barb's Life will be on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Details will be announced in May. Contributions in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Barbara Schwalm Groeb
Groeb, Barbara Schwalm 6/1/1935 - 3/25/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan Barbara Schwalm Groeb, age 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Barb was with her son, Fred, when she drew her last breath. She had fought valiantly against COPD for several years. Barb was born on June 1, 1935 in Deerfield, Michigan to Worthy and Edith Schwalm. She was raised with love on a farm with five other siblings. Barb attended Adrian College. In 1955, Barb married John Knight. Together they had three boys – Fred, Kevin and Chris. One of the greatest tragedies in her life was when Kevin died of spina bifida several weeks after being born. Barb and John raised Fred and Chris in South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina and in Clinton, Michigan. For most of her life, Barb was a stay-at-home mom doing a beautiful job raising her boys. She owned an antique business where she would sell linens, furniture, dishes and other items at the Ann Arbor Antiques Market. As her family grew up, she worked as an office manager for two construction companies. Later in life, she worked in household goods at Hudson's Department Store in Ann Arbor. Being a fantastic cook, baker and home maker made it very easy for her to sell household goods. Over the years, she won several sales awards and prizes at Hudson's. She was Employee of the Month several times, and Barb was named one of Hudson's Finest for being a Top 10 Salesperson in the whole store. On January 8, 1992 Barb married the love of her life, Bob Groeb. They resided in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Barb and Bob had a very loving relationship. They genuinely enjoyed being with each other. Together they traveled to Germany and made lots of trips to Las Vegas. They loved to visit the casinos in Michigan. Barb and Bob would routinely start their day at either Benny's Bakery or Washtenaw Dairy visiting with close friends. In 1998, Barb's mom passed away. A poem was written to honor Edith that included verses about the family. A verse about Barb read "Barb was friends with all she knew." And this could not be a truer statement. She always took a deep interest in everyone she got to know. As you had a conversation with Barb, she would listen intently as you discussed what was going on in your life. She would be delighted in everything good that was going on. She would be your biggest cheerleader. Barb could console you like no other when things were not going well. She would give you the best pep talks to help pick you up or help you believe in yourself. And the next time you met, no matter how long it was, she would remember every detail of your life and continue to be one of your best friends. Barb enjoyed the simple things in life. She had a great sense of humor. Her laugh made everyone feel good. Barb always had a smile on her face. She took much pride in being a home maker. Barb always had beautiful gardens. She loved watching sports especially Michigan Football and Michigan State Basketball. Barb relished in being a Grandma to nine grandchildren and four great-grandkids. Her most important accomplishment was raising a beautiful family. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Worthy and Edith Schwalm; three brothers, Richard Schwalm, Harold Schwalm and Gary Schwalm; her sister, Kay Halley; and her son, Kevin Knight. Barb is survived by her loving husband, Bob; her sons Fred (Sally) Knight and Chris (Toni) Knight; her stepsons, Robbie (Michelle) Groeb and Kevin (Gretchen) Groeb; her stepdaughter, Rebecca Groeb; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Tony) Loiselle, Keith (Tabitha) O'Brien, Joelle Groeb, Laura Knight, Sarah O'Brien, Kevin Knight, Elizabeth Knight, Emily Groeb and Nolan Groeb; and four great-grandkids, Lucy & Amelia Loiselle, and Bailey & William O'Brien. She is also survived by her brother, Daryl (Linda) Schwalm as well as several cousins, and nieces & nephews that she was very close to. A Celebration of Barb's Life will be on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Details will be announced in May. Contributions in her memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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