Larry Charles Groth

Died: Wed., May 24, 2017


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Larry Charles Groth, 70, of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2017 after a hard fought fight at Memorial Hospital. He was with his immediate family who loved him so very much. Larry was born in Paw Paw, Michigan to Kathryn and Walter Groth. Larry graduated from Plainwell High School, received a Bachelors from Western Michigan University, and a Masters from Indiana University South Bend. He was an adored high school math teacher and high school coach in the South Bend School Corporation for over 40 years and a life-long believer in the power of education. Larry met his beloved wife, Penny, in 1976 and married her two years later. They had two children, Lauren Groth (Brad Burger) of Boulder, CO and Lindsey Roache (Chris Roache) of Indianapolis, IN. Larry loved to spend time on the elliptical, was an amateur meteorologist, and enjoyed adventurous travel throughout the country, and the world. Larry was a natural athlete, quickly learning and excelling at every sport his daughters took up. Larry loved the outdoors, natural parks, and hiking the Rockies, summiting his first 14er at 66, and his first 13er at 68. His love of running, athletics, and the wonder of the natural world lives on in his wife, his daughters, and his son-in-laws. Larry is survived by his wife, two daughters, mother Kate, two sisters, Karen (Al) and Pat (Ron), and a brother Phil (Lunnie), all of whom will miss him immensely. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, with visitation from 2:00 until 3:00 at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, with Rev. Loren Van Oort officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a blood or financial donation to the South Bend Medical Foundation Blood Donor Services, 530 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601or a donation to the National Parks Foundation, 1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington DC, 20005, in Larry’s memory. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Larry's memory to the following organizations:

National Parks Foundation
In Larry’s memory.
1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington DC, 20005

South Bend Medical Foundation Blood Donor Services
530 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

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Bruce R. Urban
   Posted Sat May 27, 2017
Larry, it was a pleasure and an honor to work with you at Adams in the Math department. Thanks for your service and dedication to the students each day and your professionalism.

Bruce R. Urban

Robert Frick
   Posted Sun May 28, 2017
My condolences to the Groth Family. I was in Penny's 2nd grade class at Weston in Elkhart when she went from Penny Garl to Penny Groth. I vividly recall her excitement in marrying Larry.

Donald Redding
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
I just want to express my condolences to the family of Mr Larry Groth. I was a former student of Mr Groth at James Madison School back in the mid 70's. He taught me algebra and trigonometry in his math class. He was also my track coach. He would run with us getting us ready for the track meets. Recently, I had the honor of being his former USPS mail carrier when he lived on east side of South Bend. Thank you Mr Groth for your dedication as a teacher. My best to the Groth family.

Sheila and Jim Bergeron
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Penny, Lauren and Lindsay:

We were so sorry to hear of Larry's passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sheila and Jim Bergeron

Elaine and Peter Stone
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
We are both saddened and shocked for the Groth family and send our prayers for Larry, and the entire family...especially Penny.

Szymanski Family
   Posted Fri June 02, 2017
We are sorry we will not be able to personally express our sympathy. We met Mr. Groth as the Lasalle High School cross country coach, who made life runners out of all of our kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jack Jackson
   Posted Fri June 02, 2017
Dear Penny,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you the strength to get through these troubling times.

Mary Borowski
   Posted Sat June 03, 2017
Penny, I was so sad when I read about Larry's passing. I hope all the wonderful memories you have of him will give you some comfort.

Jane Matz
   Posted Sat June 03, 2017
I started my teaching career at LaSalle HS and observed Larry teaching Geometry there. I went onto Adams and when LaSalle HS closed, Larry and I again taught math at the same school. This time I was the one teaching Geometry. Larry was excellent at classroom management and he always kept his cool. He taught across the hall from me for many years. The conversations I remember the most were the ones where he talked about his lovely daughters. He was so proud of them. I'm glad he had some time to enjoy his retirement even if those years were so short.