Family News and Events 




Matthew McVicker Groebe  has done it again!  He shot his second hole-in-one on October 18, 2009 at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club on the 11th hole.  With a net score of 86 he beat his Dad who shot 102.    Click on green for picture

Duncan and Elizabeth build a new home!  Click for BLOG

Carter Patrick Hayden  BOY!!! 7 pounds 1 oz. 20 inches long.  Born at 6:12 pm July 14, 2009 .  Everyone is doing great.  Now living in St. Charles, Missouri, with mom (Ginger), dad (Scott) and sister Corrina. It was a long (induced) labor, beginning this morning around 7:30 or so. Scott was exhausted, but thatís nothing compared to the work Ginger did today. Corrina is extremely excited about her new brother. Papa (thatís what Grandpa Paul is called) was able to hear Carter on the phone. Exciting times for the Haydens. Love is all around.  See Pics (click here)

Taylor Marie Blim makes headlines again after winning the lead in the Illinois State theater production of "Urine Town".  She will play Hope Cladwell in the play.  Taylor auditioned to win this role out performing 350 other top actors in the state of Illinois.   The performances will be held at Illinois State University on January 7-9, 2010.  

Anna Groebe graduates from Libertyville High School with honors this year.   Congratulations.   College plans are eminent;  and parents and family are pleased and proud of her accomplishments.

Taylor Blim was accepted to the Shakespeare Festival Theater School for a summer internship in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.  She mailed an audition tape edited by Teddy Groebe, essay, and references to qualify for the summer workshop.  This year she will beat her Aunt Alexis, Aunt Gaynelle, Aunt Kim,  Aunt Laura, and her Mom to Stratford by a whole month.  What a talent!  What an honor!  What a girl!

Stephen, Andrew, Aaron all received a third place ribbon at the Park Forest Stamp Show for their collaborated effort in stamp collecting and exhibition.  There exhibit was judged by a member of the American Philatelic Society and met all exhibition standards required for their ribbon.  Stampers - who know?


With a very sad heart I want to inform you that Donald Groebe passed away late Sunday night, April 12, 2009, following  a long illness and nursing home stay.  Don was 80 years old and suffered from a number of ailments, but primarily Parkinson's. He was a loving son of Uncle Ed and Aunt Hermine, husband to Carol, father to Edward, Carl and Carrie, grandfather to Sean and Kayla, brother to Edward, Dorthea, Gerald and Janet and cousin to many who was in turn loved dearly by all.

Arrangements are being made by his wife, Carol, and their three children. Early indications are that the interment will be private for the immediate family members.

Their address and telephone are:

Carol Groebe
459 Pebble Creek Rd
Palatine, Illinois 60074

(847) 358-9215


Kim Mc Elroy has been selected as the Keynote Speaker for a conference in Greene County, Ohio of social service agency personnel.  It is about working with special needs youth.  She will be talking about challenges faced by parents of these youth. 

Stephen Jackiw has been busy updating his web page.  Check it out at Stephen Speaks

Philip Groebe died today January 28, 2009 due to complications from a leg infection after suffering a torn muscle.  The entire Groebe family grieves the loss of this very special husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and dear friend.  A wake will be held Sunday, February 1 at the Kurtz Memorial Chapel 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, Il  60423, (815) 806-2225  from 2-6pm.  Funeral Services will be Monday, February 2.

Taylor Blim  continues to show her amazing abilities on the stage.   Taylor was selected as a member of the female ensemble of the All-State cast for the production of Hair Spray in Champaign-Urbana.  This selection was quite an honor as only the best performers from all Illinois High Schools are selected by audition to participate in the production.  If you missed the show last week end you will get another chance to see her locally in the spring production  of GREASE at Stagg HS.

Teddy Groebe is busy with his new movie website at  Check out some of his new creations for 2009 at

Stephen Jackiw makes headlines again this month with his first object animation movie.  It previewed at the Palos East Elementary School Film Festival last week.  Click for video

Stella Brooks won a 1st Place and 3rd Place trophy at her first Tae Kwondo tournament in Greenville, Wisconsin.  Click  for Picture!

Stephen Jackiw has been recognized for outstanding achievement in art.   His art work is prominently displayed at the American Bagel Shop in Palos Heights, Ill.

Phillip Groebe is recovering at home from heart by-pass surgery.  Although it is hard for him to answer the phone, he would love some humorous cards!  He also visits his email every day.

Ralph Lee Weller, Jr., 3rd cousin of our mom,  Lillian, nee Weller, nee Wuthenow, nee McVicker Groebe, was in town to visit and brought lots of genealogy information with him from the Weller family tree.  Our great grandmother was Lillian Mae Weller who married Wm. Wuthenow, Sr.   Ralph left Chicago to visit our cousin Dorie, nee Wuthenow, Rake in Michigan.  He will compile all the information that he gathers and make it available to anyone who wishes a hard copy or CD.  If you would like a copy, contact him at

Willie Elder-Groebe and his new wife Analia and son Kodo are coming to Chicago;  they will be here Aug 7-11.  You can meet up with them at Verily's house on August 10th anytime after 10 am.  

Matthew McVicker Groebe made his first HOLE IN ONE at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Oak Lawn, holing out  on the 114 yard par 3 in one shot with his 8 iron.  The ball was lodged between the hole and the pin so he dutifully followed his Dad's instructions (who could not tell that the ball was in the hole) to "mark the ball".   When his Dad, David Groebe, saw the ball mark inside the hole he asked Matti Mc "what is this?"  Applauding spectators explained and Matt scored his first HOLE IN ONE!   Congratulations and welcome to the HOLE IN ONE CLUB!

Bill Groebe celebrated his 60th Birthday at a party hosted by his wife Laura with all of his brothers and sisters and many friends.  For pictures click on balloons


Archives of Family News