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Clarice R. Groepper

Clarice R. Groepper

Clarice Rose Groepper, a life-long resident of the Menomonie area passed away on Sunday. March 31, 2024, at Comforts of Home Memory Care in Menomonie, she was 96 years old.

Clarice was born on July 21, 1927, to Emil and Dorothy (Sumter) Wolske, she was the oldest of five sisters and one brother.  The family lived and farmed around the Hatchville area. Clarice graduated from rural country schools, Dunn County School of Agriculture and Dunn County Normal School.  Upon graduation she taught at Miller Hill country school for two years.  After the war, Clarice met and married Charles Albert Groepper and started a family.  In 1957, they moved to a small farm near the Menomonie Junction.  Together, Clarice and Chuck owned and operated a trucking business originally called Groepper Trucking and later Badger Truck Lines.  In 1975, they sold the business and began a long, well-deserved retirement that included winters in Florida, summers at their cabin on Long Lake, and road trips in their RV.  After Chuck died in 1997, Clarice sold the farm and lived in a trailer park in North Menomonie where she had many friends.

Clarice led an active life.  She was a long-time member of the Dunn County Homemakers and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed traveling and frequently went on Mystery Trips to surprise destinations.   In 2000, Clarice and her daughter went on a very special WWII trip across Europe retracing the steps Chuck had taken during his active duty in the war.  Clarice also enjoyed being in the woods, reading a good book, playing cards, growing beautiful flowers, and attending family gatherings with her Wolske kin.

Clarice loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor and quick wit.  Most of all, Clarice will be remembered for how much she loved people, young and old alike, she always had a smile and kind words for everyone. 

Clarice is survived by her children William (Karen) of Menomonie, Robert of New Richmond, Rosanne of Wheeler, and Susan (Dave) Nigg of Cottage Grove, Mn.  She is also survived by her sister Dolores Ferber, Betty Turner, and Nancy (Richard) Frank and brother David (Ginny) Wolske along with eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nephews and nieces.  Clarice is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, her sister Bonnie (Don) Stoll, and her God-daughter Vicky Ferber Phillips.

A funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 11:00 AM.  A visitation at the church is from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  The service will be followed by burial at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery and a luncheon at Kyote’s Bar and Grill (E2339 Wi-29, Menomonie) at 1:00.  Everyone is welcome.  The family would like to thank the staff at Comforts of Home Memory Center for the loving and respectful care they gave Clarice in her final years.



  1. Dave Haas

    Very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a very thoughtful Aunt and we enjoyed her Christmas cards each year with an update on how everyone was doing. You had a very special Mom and Dad, and our thoughts are with you.

  2. Linda OConnell

    Hi Bill, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your mom always had a smile on her face. Lovely woman.

  3. Bruce Smith

    Condolences Bill.Prayers to you and your family

  4. Audry

    Clarice, was a wonderful lady! She is definitely missed by many.

  5. Jeff & Mary Scheel

    Sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Godspeed Clarice!

  6. Diane Fox and Dennis Weber

    So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences.

  7. Wendy Nabors

    Sorry to hear about your loss Sue N My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May you find peace during this difficult time. Lots of years of good memories hold onto them. Hugs!

  8. Sally wolfe

    Let her at comforts if home had many chats with her through the last year' very wonderful lady's imay she rest in peace '

  9. Julie Richardson

    I met Clarice when visiting my mother at Comforts of home. What a sweet lady, she always had a smile and greeted me and my little grandson. She was fun to visit with and talked about her family alot. What a good long life. Glad I got to meet her.

  10. Maxine Maves

    Wishing your family strength for the tough days, comfort for the quiet days,and assurance that every day...you're being thought of and prayed for.

  11. Mandy Phillips

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Clarice's family and friends... (Hugs Aunt Betty)
    I met Clarice at Comforts of home when my Dad was a resident there.
    Such a wonderful, sweet, friendly and funny woman!! We enjoyed our time reflecting on family members we just discovered we shared...
    Rest in paradise Clarice.

  12. Nancy Ponto

    So sorry for your loss. I think of Clarice when I bake as she was our 4H cooking leader. Fond memories of Ideal 4H.

  13. Nancy Buss

    Sorry for your loss. We rented a house from them in our early years of marriage. Clarice & Chuck were great people.

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