Lorena Ina Groters Crosby
Lorena Ina Groters Crosby, only daughter of Samuel Groters Sr. and Johanna Marie Wiggers Groters passed from this life to her eternal home on July 15, 2017. She was born March 13, 1928, in North Clymer, N.Y.
Surviving are her husband, Richard Crosby of Panama, N.Y., and Lady Lake, Fla.; three children: Joan Marie Bertam of Shorewood, Ill., Robert Allen (Cheryl) Crosby of Naperville, Ill., and Russell Andrew (Deborah) Crosby of Lancaster, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; Erin (Michael) Slater, Ryan (Rebecca) Bertram, Bransen Crosby, Morgan and Jenna Crosby and Kyle and Austin Crosby; four great-grandchildren: Jonathan Slater, Lillian, Abigail and Joshua Bertram.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: the Rev. Claude Groters and Samuel Groters.
Lorena was a graduate of Clymer Central School and Jamestown Community College. Her volunteer work included many posi-tions in the United Methodist Church at the local level and national levels, Lorena was a member of the Panama United Methodist Church. She served as church organist, pianist, Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, Jamestown District lay leader, and attended the United Methodist General Conference twice. She was district president of the Un-ited Methodist Women and a book reviewer for the United Methodist Women’s reading program. She was president of the Chautauqua Missionary Home and served on the general board of Global Ministries for eight years, traveling to mission stations in India, Honduras and Mexico. She served on the board of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. for three years.
Lorena was a partner in the dairy equipment business with her husband, Richard for 40 years operating Panama Dairy Supply and later was sole owner of Grandma’s Attic antique business.
She enjoyed music especially singing with the Chautauqua Choir for more than 12 seasons.
Lorena’s life revolved around her devotion to God, his church and her family. She enjoyed mak-ing quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the North Clymer United Methodist Church, where a service will be held at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dena Stevens, pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joy in the Harvest, Lansing Ill., and missionary friends: Lowell and Claudia Wertz who work in Kigoma, Tanzania.
Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, N.Y.