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Margaret Dardenella Grockau
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    19176 Hall Road
    Clinton Township, MI 48038
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    6615 County Road 612 NE
    Kalkaska, MI 49646
  • Kalkaska Senior Center
    303 S. Coral Street
    Kalkaska, MI 49646

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“Margaret was a beautiful lady who had the biggest and kindest heart of anyone I have ever known. I know she is in Heaven with her soulmate Art....Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Walter Tarnowski - MI

“We will miss the porch time most of all. She was the best neighbor anyone could ever have. She will be missed terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Tracey Thomas - Kalkaska, MI

“My sisters and I, are very fortunate to have had a wonderful and strong relationship with our great grandmother, for our whole lives. The memories...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Alexis Farr - Kalkaska, MI

“God bless you my dearest sister. I will cherish our moments together for the rest of my life and will forever hold you in my heart.All my love,...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sandra Varto - Washington, MI

“Margaret was my friend. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Hill - Friend

“Margaret is the daughter of my dad's sister, Lillian. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing, but am so glad I got to know her. I have some neat...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Carol Bickford Lang - Flint, MI

“So sorry to hear the bad news. Margaret was a dear friend of mine. She will be truly missed. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Nadine Kawa - Clinton Twp.,, MI

“So very sorry to hear about Your Mother's passing. I remember when I first met your parents. RIP Art and Margaret. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: LINDA GOFF GOFF - BUNNLEVEL, NC


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Margaret Dardenella Grockau, age 96 of Fraser, died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the company of her loved ones. She was born June 15, 1922 in Waukee, Iowa, daughter of the late Robert Leo and the late Lillian Velva (nee: Bickford) Jameson.

A sweet little girl from Iowa, who eventually found herself in the Motor City of Detroit, would grow in stature and become a beautiful, young woman who decided to enter the workforce at a day and time that was changing the entire employment landscape. Ultimately landing a position as a billing clerk at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, that was merely Margaret's day job,…as she would also embrace one of the most profound jobs of all, that of Homemaker and Mom. With the help of her beloved Arthur, these lovebirds poured the best parts of themselves into raising two beautiful children and building upon the comforts of home and hearth. They also went on to share a long and loving relationship until Arthur's passing in 2001.

Eventually, with the kids gone and her job at an end, Margaret made the very wise decision of exchanging the concrete jungle for the peacefulness and serenity of Kalkaska, Michigan. Choosing that as her new home, Margaret now had countless hours to enjoy some of her favorite things to do,…like crocheting. She possessed incredible skills with those infamous needles and managed to create some wonderful pieces through her unique handiwork. Quiet moments also afforded Margaret the pleasure of taking in a bit of television and watching some of her favorite movies,…you know, the oldies but goodies. The TV was also a medium for enjoying some of her listening delights, and there was nobody more delightful than the iconic, Barry Manilow. A crooner acclaimed by all, Barry's melodic voice and soothing sounds never ceased to fill her heart and soul with bliss. And if being enthralled by watching him on television wasn't enough, just imagine the joy and elation she experienced the first time she watched him enter the stage…LIVE! That's right,…a dream finally came to fruition the night that she and her daughter-in-law, Dolores attended Barry's concert together and created memories to last a lifetime.

Margaret's television hunger also included feeding her sporting tastes, primarily that of her favorite Boys of Summer, the Detroit Tigers. There's been no greater fan than Margaret of those athletes behind their iconic Old English "D"…and no greater words than that of "Play Ball." Yet baseball wasn't the only sporting genre that sparked Margaret's interest. She was also quite the angler and couldn't get enough of hangin' out in the front of the boat with her fishing line in the water,…just waiting for that "Big One." She could fish for hours, and often did. We all know that fishing is a sport that makes you get busy all of a sudden, but it's those in-between times of solitude and relaxation that almost feel God-appointed,…and Margaret ate that feeling up! And perhaps more unique to Margaret was her penchant for hopping in the car and going for an evening drive…deer-spotting. Though her search for Bambi, at times, turned into the discovery of Brutus, the 12 point Buck, her fascination for these furry friends never seemed to wane.

Like most of us, Margaret found great pleasure in eating out and leaving all the prep and clean-up to someone else. (That always makes the food taste better, right?) As for her prime place to dine, little could match the eating extravaganza she partook of at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Traverse City. A Buffet Bonanza fit for those Cartwright Boys, Margaret surely knew her way around the food tables and always left the restaurant perfectly satiated. Not too little, not too much,…but just right.

Another of Margaret's favorite treats, but this one not of the edible variety, came with every trip enjoyed to the area's hometown gambling mecca, the Turtle Creek Casino. Though it wasn't a steady diet by any means,…still, it was a unique escape from the norm and provided Margaret the chance of giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money,…with a lot of high hopes for something magnanimous. Being one who enjoyed travel, other places she enjoyed visiting included her trip down to Kentucky, the scenic drives to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, cherry picking in the orchards up north,...and, of course, the fun enjoyed with her fellow seniors on their various bus trips. But the granddaddy of them all was definitely her trip to Branson, Missouri with Arthur on the occasion of their wedding anniversary,...and just imagine the surprise and elation she felt when the penultimate entertainer, Wayne Newton, acknowledged their celebration in person. It was an anniversary for the ages!

Then there was the fun she lived for through gaming with friends and loved ones,…like the die-throwing delights of Bunco up at Blue Lake, or Pantry Bingo with her Kalkaska friends, and later through the games of Bingo she shared with fellow resident's at the Fraser Senior Center in Fraser, Michigan. Time, and the effects of aging, would ultimately draw her back to the city, but she always had her Bingo! Margaret was a very active person who enjoyed a host of memberships that afforded her the opportunity of giving to others and being engaged socially. She was a proud member of the Blue Lake Quilters & extension, the Red Hat Society, the Bunco Club, and her association with the Kalkaska Senior Pantry Bingo Players. And for a much as she took pleasure in those memberships, she was equally giving and involved through her charitable volunteering. Quite memorable was the time she joined forces at the Pontiac Silverdome to raise funds for the new addition at Hutzel Hospital,...and the many other occasions she joined forces with her daughter, Dianne to cook up their famous pasties for a little fund raising magic. Lots of great memories from a very compassionate lady.

Then there were the times she so enjoyed spending with her sisters-in-law, Jannette and Marge, as well as

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