Patricia J. Groce

Patricia J. Groce, nee Craden, 79, of Belleville, IL, born Wednesday, September 25, 1929, in St Louis, MO, died Thursday, January 1, 2009 at her residence.

Mrs. Groce retired from the customer service department at Macy's Dept Store at St. Clair Square. She was a valued employee of the Metropolitan Hospital Association of Greater St. Louis, Valley Line Barge Line and among various other employers. She was an avid supporter of Animal Rights.

She is preceded in death by:

  • Husband: James O. Groce
  • Parents: Sylvester and Launa nee Hurster Craden
  • Sisters: Betty, Florence, Rosalie and Alice
  • Brothers: Bobby and Sylvester "Buddy"
She is survived by:
  • Son: James (Lisa) Groce of Belleville, IL,
  • Beloved Grandmother and Great Grandmother to Faith and Jasime McCallister
  • Nieces
    • Millicent Plattner
    • Jeanette Connell
    • Robin Connell
    • Jill Townsend
  • Nephews
    • Mark Rennick
    • Dru Young
  • Great Nieces and Nephews
She will also be dearly missed by her friends whom she loved so much.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the ASPCA (

Visitation: Friends may call from 3-7 P.M., Sunday, January 4, 2009 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Funeral: A funeral procession will leave from Kurrus Funeral Home at 9:45am, Monday, January 5, 2009 for a 10:00 am mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL