Dora Grober

Obituary of Dora Grober

Dorli Grober (nee Diez) passed away peacefully at her home in Sun City Center, Florida on May 29, 2020 with her daughter and son-in-law by her side.  Predeceased by her husband, Willy Grober and her sisters Rosa Diez and Gertrude Schreiber, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlies and Helmut Kraemer, and in Switzerland by her half-brother Erich Wyss, brother-in-law Ernst Schreiber, as well as a niece, Eliane Wyss, and two nephews, Raymond and Bernard Schreiber and their families.  Dorli was born on Christmas Eve Day 1928 in Wallisellen (Zurich), Switzerland.  She married Willy Grober in 1952 and had one daughter in 1953.  Willy’s occupation took this young family to Venezuela and Italy before they immigrated to America in 1959.  In the US, they lived in Illinois (Streator and Peoria), Louisiana (Baton Rouge), Minnesota (Burnsville), and Florida (Sun City Center).  Dorli was a homemaker and after her daughter went to college, Dorli became a bridal consultant in the China Department of a major department store in Baton Rouge.  She had a long interest in fine bone china and this in part led her to become a porcelain china painter.  She was immensely talented and did very detailed work with only one eye as she had lost her left eye to macular degeneration in her early 50’s.  Her creativity was ever present whether in the incredible varieties of foods she prepared for parties in their home throughout the years, or in the clothes she sewed, or in her famous cookies (her Christmas cookie boxes were extraordinary in variety and beauty).  In her last 6 years at Aston Gardens in Sun City Center, she was known for her fast-paced walking, chocolate chip cookies, and her quick dry wit.  She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a resident of Sun City Center for 27 years.  She was a good wife and mother, intelligent, had an innate ability to read people and situations, full of common sense, and an extremely generous person, giving of her time and talents to anyone in need.  To all those on which she had an impact, she will be missed dearly.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Dorli’s memory to Moffitt Cancer Center ( or the Sarcoma Foundation of America (  A private memorial gathering will take place at a later date at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center.


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