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Carol Marie (Opitz) Groft

November 22, 1947 ~ March 4, 2018 (age 70)


     Carol Marie Groft, 70, of Ashton, SD, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Northwestern United Methodist Church in Mellette, SD.  Doug Duncan will officiate.  Burial will follow at a later date at the Ashton Cemetery in Ashton.  

     Visitation will be Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, SD.  Family will be present during this time to accept condolences.  A prayer service and time for remembering will follow at 7:00 p.m.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (

     Carol Marie Opitz was born November 22, 1947 in Britton, SD to Luvern and Julia (Freeman) Opitz.  She grew up in Lake City.  She later moved to Britton and graduated from Britton High School. 

     She married Jim Groft on December 26, 1970 in Redfield, SD and the couple raised one son.  She started out working for Gibson’s in Redfield before getting a job at First National Bank in 1974.  For the next 31 years she worked at the bank until retiring in 2005 from what by then was Wells Fargo.

     Carol was an avid sports fan.  She bowled for many years and spent many winter nights watching NBA basketball especially the LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors.

     Carol’s most cherished activity was her grandchildren.  She loved to watch them play basketball, football, and volleyball and to run track and cross country.  She took special pride in listening to her granddaughters sing.

    Carol is survived by her loving husband, Jim, of Ashton; and her son, James (Nora) Groft of Ashton, SD.  She is also survived by her four grandchildren:  Isaac, Peyton, Madalyn, and Samuel, and her five sisters: Sandy (Alan) Grupe of Britton, SD; Diane (Dennis) Stephens of Redfield, SD; Lucie (David) Battey of Alexandria, MN; Lavone (Scott) Nelson of Le Mars, IA; and Penny (Don) Gronke of Fargo, ND.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Bailey.

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