Phyllis Groebner

Phyllis Groebner, 64, of Clements,  died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield.

Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of St. Joseph in Clements, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, with  Father Andy Michels officiating. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Phyllis Groebner was born on Oct. 15, 1954, to Gordon and Lois (Gongoll) Plocher in Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School and then attended Willmar Vocational-Technical Institute for clerical training. While attending Vo-Tech, she met Carl Groebner. The couple married on Sept. 14, 1974, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. After their marriage, Carl and Phyllis moved to the Clements area to farm. Phyllis then worked for Larson’s Nursery, Hacker’s Greenhouse, Runnings, and BIC for the past 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling with family on road trips throughout the United States, birds, embroidering, quilting, and attending her grandchildren’s events. Phyllis was a past member of St. Joseph’s Church and was an active member in the CCW. 

She is survived by her husband, Carl, of Clements; children, Angela (Josh) Littlefield of Rochester, David (Lori) Groebner of Springfield, Beth (Ryan) Heifner of Estherville, Iowa, and Robert (Amanda) Groebner of Graceville; grandchildren, Toriana and Dana Groebner, Kennedy, Alexandra, and Abigail Groebner, Noah, Alec, and Gavin Heifner, and Gracie, Tyler, and Dylan Groebner; great-grandchild Brantley Groebner; and siblings, Pamela Plocher and Mark Plocher. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Clarke. 

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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