Dorothy A. Gromeaux

Dorothy Alice Gromeaux, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Adams Heritage Home in Monroeville. She was born on March 29, 1924 in Mercer, Ohio to Martin and Alice (Hendricks) Murphy of New Corydon. She was married on September 22, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Geneva to Carl A. Gromeaux. 

They raised their family in Monroeville until moving to a rural area south of Fort Wayne in 1969. In 1995, they moved to Decatur where they lived to celebrate their 67 years of marriage together. She enjoyed her last few years of life with the residents and staff at Adams Heritage Nursing Home in Monroeville.

She was a long-standing member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Monroeville. She retired from Royalace Paper Factory in Fort Wayne in 1971. Her favorite leisure activity was sewing - making clothes for family and she particularly enjoyed making elaborate Barbie and baby doll outfits. She made sure that the little girls in her life always had well-dressed dolls.

She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Harrington of Hoagland; and Andrea (Dale) Gromeaux-Schnaith of Indianapolis; sister, Patricia (Ron) Tricarico of Beavercreek, Ohio; three grandchildren, Ryann Harrington of Fort Wayne; Tarah (Jeremy) Altevogt of Surprise, Arizona; and Brett (Kim) Harrington of Auburn; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Grace, and Charlotte Harrington; Blake and Aiden Altevogt; and Hannah, Whitney and Paislee Mae Harrington; and several very special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter; two sisters, Virginia Homan of St. Anthony, Ohio; and Mildred Minnich of Port Huron, Michigan; and her son-in-law, Jim Harrington in 2016.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel in Monroeville. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the funeral home followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Lourdino Fernandes. Burial will be at St. Rose Catholic Cemetery in Monroeville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Family LifeCare in Berne in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit