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“Margie,I am so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Eunice Heller ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Our Thoughts, Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathies are with Etta's Family and Friends. God Bless you all. Rest in Peace, Aunt Etta.Love, Jim, Carlene and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: James Gruber & Family - IL

“All the bells in heaven are ringing welcoming Etta home. There are a few angel's including Helen Mirsberger who has been waiting a very long time to...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce (Mirsberger) Hackbarth - WI

“Dear Gruber Family, Our toughts and prayers are with you all as you take this journey that celebrates the life of an incredible spark of a women,...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Earl & BJ Helmer - Plymouth, WI

“Dear Gruber Family, I have many fond memories of the times your mom and dad came to our home to play cards with my parents (Clayton and Ione). Your...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Pat Miller - Chilton, WI

“Mark, Clarence & I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.I am sorry that we won' t be able to be there tomorrow. We are...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“MARGIE I AM SO SORRY FOR THE SADDNESS YOUR FEELING WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER. NOW THAT HER JOURNEY OF LIFE ON EARTH IS ENDED A NEW BEGINNING IS...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: KATHY AND BRUCE TIELENS - WI

“Our sympathies go out to you for the passing of your mother. She really had a full life of which you should be very proud! Sharon & Ed Chapman ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss. Etta was so much fun to be around. Shevwill be missed by all ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Elaine and Virg and all of Etta's family, God Bless your family. Another Saint has entered heaven. I'm sure that Caitlin and Etta's souls...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Tim and Jelaine Scannell - WI

“So sorry to hear of Etta's passing. She was an inspiration to me for years to keep up on the family tree. Wish I could be there. May she rest in...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Pethan - Bradenton, FL

“Gruber Family: Sorry for the loss of your Mother, Etta. She and Rollie were some of our favorite people. It was always such a pleasure to see them...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mike and Doris Bennin - Chilton, WI

“Our sympathies to the Gruber family on the loss of their wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She is now with her heavenly...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Joan Steinke - Fort Myers, FL

“Sorry of the passing of your mother Jo Ann. Good she could be close to you at Rocky Knoll the last while. Also heard good news onJim`s transplant. ...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“We wish to extend our sympathies to the family. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Reed and Patricia Navis - Holland, MI

“Our sympathies to all of you. We remember the good times that both of our families shared with yours over the years. We wish we could be with you in...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Paul and Vivian Kesler - WI


Etta M. Gruber, age 92, of Hilbert, died on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Rocky Knoll in Plymouth. She was born February 23, 1919 in Charlesburg, WI, daughter of the late George & Margaretha (Daun) Pethan. She married Roland Gruber on November 24, 1942 and the couple farmed together in the Town of New Holstein until 1949. They then moved and worked hand in hand on their farm in the Town of Woodville until 1989 when they retired and began residing in the Village of Hilbert. Etta was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert since 1989, but had previously belonged to St. John Catholic Church in St. John for the previous 40 years. During her time at St. John, she belonged to the Christian Mothers, and was a very involved charter member of the Mission Society, having made numerous quilts which were donated both locally, nationally, and internationally. Etta had also been a 50 year member of the 4 Leaf Clover Homemakers, volunteered countless hours serving others at the Salvatorian Center in New Holstein, and donated several gallons of blood through the American Red Cross Blood Drives throughout her life. Etta loved to sing; she was very involved in the St. John Choir and encouraged her children to participate as well. Later in life, she took her singing talents 'on the road' while singing Alto for the Sweet Adeline's; this music remained a vibrant piece of Etta's life, even while residing at Rocky Knoll. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, quilting, bowling, dancing the night away with her husband, playing Sheepshead and 500, and caring for her children. Cooking was one of Etta's fortes. She was well known for her ability to create large, delicious meals from scratch at the drop of a hat; each meal came complete with a freshly baked chocolate cake. Etta knew the value of hard work, and dedication to her family and community. Her involvement with both were outward and visible signs of the love she shared with all she met. Survivors include her husband: Roland; 6 children: JoAnn (Jim) Anhalt of Plymouth, Elaine (Virg) Navis of Sheboygan, Charlotte (Ron) Baker of Kirkland, WA, Marjorie (Bob) Fritsch of Greenleaf, Ruby Thomas of Marshfield, Mark (Sally) Gruber of Hilbert; 13 grandchildren: Jodi (Mike) Russell, Jacalyn (Bob) Jelinek, Brenda (Phil) Phipps, Craig (Karla) Anhalt, Jonathan (Tammy) Anhalt, Damian (Michelle) Anhalt, Kelly (Duncan) Coffey, Glenn (Jessica) Baker-Ballantyne, Sarah (Dan) Vercauteren, Ryan (Amber) Fritsch, Kim Fritsch, Reid Thomas, Amanda Gruber; 19 great-grandchildren with 2 more to be soon arriving; a sister: Martha Ecker; 2 sisters-in-law: Delores Pethan, Mary Anne Gruber; and 2 brothers-in-law: Jerry (Dale) Gruber and Harold Gruber. Etta is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons-in-law: Tom Anhalt, Rollie Thomas; 2 sisters: Marie (Zeno) Meyers, Rose (Gregor) Propson; 3 brothers: Roman (Leona) Pethan, Henry (Gertrude) Pethan, Leonard Pethan; 2 brothers-in-law: Marvin Ecker, Norman (Isabelle) Gruber; and 3 sisters-in-law: Arlene Gruber, Trudy Gruber, and Teri Gruber. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert with the Rev. Michael Betley officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM on Saturday, February 25, 2012.