Robin Groeschel

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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Robin Groeschel, age 72, of Glendive, passed away on December 13, 2020 at Glendive Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Community Bible Church, 615 East Clement Street, Glendive, with Pastor Tim Burdick officiating. A private family interment at Dawson County Cemetery will occur the day prior to service.

Robin Groeschel was born on September 25, 1948, the youngest of six children of Edward and Marjule (Smith) Groeschel. She was raised and educated in Caldwell, N.J., graduated from James Caldwell High School and attended Ladycliff College and Fairleigh Dickinson University with a fine art emphasis. She began a grand tour of the US in her early 20’s, settling in Sonoma County in Northern California for a time, where her entrepreneurial spirit led her to coown a restaurant and to establish and manage a dairy goat breeding and milking operation. There also she gave birth to her sons Max and Alex. In 1983, feeling Sonoma County had become too crowded, she moved to Ravalli County, Mont. with a partner to establish a new dairy operation. Although neither the partnership nor the operation continued, always the resilient entrepreneur, Robin began two new callings: the first, to reconnect with the Lord, and the second with social work. She completed her Bachelor’s degree with honors in 1993 at the University of Montana.

In 1994 she accepted a position as a Youth Case Manager in Glendive with Eastern Montana Community Mental Health, a position she held until her 2015 retirement. Glendive became her ‘forever’ home, and with Community Bible Church as her faith community, she actively participated with and in many of the groups that create the Glendive community at large, including the Boys and Girls Club, Dawson County Domestic Violence, and the Women’s Missionary Fellowship.

Robin enjoyed interior decoration, creating a Thomas Kinkade-like ‘painter of light’ cottage home décor with astute yard sale finds, as well as creating gift baskets with an eye for proportion, color and exquisite femininity. Her excellent cooking and preserving accomplishments, her friendships, her family and her strong devotion to her faith and study of the Bible created a full life for her.

Robin is survived by her sister, Marjule Drury of Caldwell, N.J.; her sister-in-law, Delores Groeschel of Euless, Texas; and her sons, Max Groeschel of Glendive and Alex Dugan (Jennifer) of Rochester, Minn. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Marissa, Audrey, Miles and Evey Dugan.

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