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Carol May (Kiess) Grove


Carol May Grove, age 79, of Shelby died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at her home after a short illness.

Carol was born August 22, 1936 in Crawford County, Ohio the daughter of the late J. Edward and Florice (Green) Kiess. She was a 1954 graduate of Plymouth High School and was a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Education. Carol began her teaching career at Pioneer Joint Vocational School and then taught reading at Central School in the Shelby City School System.  Carol retired as Facilitator of Academic Skilled Enrichment from The Ohio State University at Mansfield where she had taught psychology and was a counselor for over 25 years.

When her children were young, Carol as an Avon and Welcome Wagon representative. She was always busy supporting her children and grandchildren in their activities. Carol was a sports fan and an avid follower of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Shelby Whippets. She enjoyed traveling and especially liked flower gardening. She grew a wide variety of gladiolas and always had such an abundance that she gave them away to everyone she could. She and her husband Bob attended the Linn Road Church of The Brethren.

Carol is survived by her husband: Robert Earl Grove, whom she wed on September 24, 1954; 4 children: Denny (Robin) Grove of Shelby, Tom (Melissa) Grove of Shelby, Patti (Steve) Hill of Ashland, Ed Grove (Elizabeth Tucker) of Mansfield; 14 grandchildren: Katie Hemker, Betsy Ankrom, Chelsey Biesterveld, Tyler Grove, Josh Grove, Dannielle Barker, Jake Grove, Amanda Eshelman, Brian Hill, Alex Hill, Aimee Kovinchick, Parker Grove, Ellis Grove, Jennifer Grove; 12 great grandchildren: Reagan and Jack Hemker, Harrison Ankrom, Lincoln and Alden Biesterveld, Natalie, Katelyn and Samantha Grove, Isabelle Eshelman, Sebastian and Madelyn Barker, Livia and Graysen Grove; 2 sisters: Miriam (Benjamin) Kensinger of Plymouth, Linda Vanasdale (Rowan Cowell) of Findlay; 2 brothers: Charles Kiess of New Washington, Wayne (Janise) Kiess of Bucyrus. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marilyn Hord; an infant brother and a grandson, Turner Bradley Grove.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 1-4 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:00 AM by Rev. Jim Frado. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial expressions may be made to   Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Boradway; Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Michael and Deb Hollinger says:

    Our sympathies to Uncle Bob and the entire Grove clan. Remember many happy times together as families and special gatherings at the Kiess Christmas and other holidays and events. Planning to see you on Sunday. Praying for strength in your time of loss.

  2. Kathy Green says:

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s death. She was a very kind creative person. I was always appreciative of the many cards of encouragement that she sent to my husband Gary when he had cancer–they were much appreciated. It is so hard to lose someone you love so much. You have my deepest sympathy.

  3. Len and Judy Hubbard says:

    Ed and family, we’re so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kristi Loy-Hetzel says:

    My condolences go out to the Kiess Grove family. MY father, Clayson always enjoyed his cousins so much. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers! Carol was such a wonderful person. It is so difficult to lose someone in ones life.

  5. Lorna Green Williams says:

    Not being aware of Carol’s illness, I was sadly surprised to learn this evening of her death. The last time I was in Ohio, Carol and Linda came over to Marcia Green’s home in Willard where I was staying, and we had a good visit. Marcia and I played piano duets that day, and Carol seemed to enjoy that.
    My sympathy and caring thoughts go out to all of you at this difficult time.

  6. Shelly (Minck) Frank says:

    My sincere and deepest sympathy to Bob and the Grove family. I worked many years with Carol at OSU Mansfield. I will always remember her as a kind, thoughtful woman who looked for the good in people. She was a very strong supporter of our campus and the education of our students….even in her retirement. May God bless you and give you comfort.

  7. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    We are so very sorry to learn about Carol’s passing. She was such a nice person. She always asked how our son was doing. She helped him tremendously when he attended OSU-Mansfield. Her caring for others was very evident & we used to have long visits whenever we met. She will be missed by many.

  8. Amanda (Snyder) Brazeal says:

    I was very saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. She was quite a remarkable and memorable lady. I had the great privelage of sitting in her Personal Effectiveness class in January, 1991 at the Mansfield OSU campus.

    I remember her sharing her story of the car accident she had during her college days and how she worked to regain her mobilty and walk again all while continuing her schooling at OSU. She was quite an inspiration for me to never give up. A few years after that class I met up with her and at that time she was working through another medical challenge. She held on to her same strong determination to regain her independence and walk like she had before. I so admire Carol for her persistence, her gentle smile and easy laugh. She took those challenges in stride and worked to find a way to get better. It was an honor to be a student of hers, and to serve you both when you came into the Coffee Shop to eat. Please accept my condolences.

  9. Helen Zika says:

    My sincerest condolences to Bob and the family of Carol. She will be missed. She always had a smile and a great person.

  10. Helen Zika says:

    My sincerest condolences to Bob and the family of Carol. She will be missed.
    She always had a smile when I would see her. Blessings of comfort to the family.,

  11. Jim Hipsher says:

    Tom, Melissa and Family
    So sorry to hear this sad news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your many happy memories give you comfort in the days ahead. Hippy and Joann

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