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Ada Walchle - December 31, 1969


Ada Leina (Groseclose) Walchle was born Oct. 26, 1925 at her parents’ homestead in northeast Yuma County.

Her father, Arthur Groseclose, had arrived in 1905 by covered wagon from Downing (Scotland County), Mo. It was three years later, in 1908, that Arthur filed his homestead and returned to Missouri just long enough to marry the sweetheart he had left behind, Mary Olive “Ollie” Gordy. Ada was the youngest of nine children born to that union. All of Ada’s siblings predeceased her, and she was the last of the Groseclose family to reside in Yuma County.

Ada attended Thomas School, a one-room county school, graduating from eighth grade. Her first-grade teacher, Jennie Oman Monk, was her favorite, and they remained lifetime friends. Jennie just died this January at the age of 98.

Prior to marriage, Ada worked on the family farm, was active in 4-H Club with livestock, cooking and sewing, taught Sunday School and worked outside the home caring for older people. Upon the untimely death of her older sister Alta Bennett in 1942, Ada assisted with caring for Alta’s young children.

Early in life, Ada dedicated her life to the Lord and served Him faithfully. She was a member of the Nazarene Church for about 60 years and served in many capacities. She was well known for planning and organizing many of the social events, including writing scripts for many plays designed for entertainment and inspiration.

Ada was united in marriage to Bernard Walchle, son of John and Florence (Keech) Walchle, on June 15, 1952 at the Holyoke Nazarene Church. No children were born to the marriage. They missed celebrating their 50th anniversary by only six months.

For a short time after their marriage, Bernard was employed at the Warren Dodge Ranch in the Wauneta community. Soon thereafter, they moved to the Ralph Crews Ranch near Haigler, Neb. where they remained until 1960. Upon the death of Bernard’s father, they purchased and moved to the 400-acre family homestead north of Wray where they remained until their retirement, followed by a move to Wray in 1992.

After Bernard’s death in 2002, Ada continued to live in the family home until her move to The Towers Assisted Living. Later she moved to Hillcrest Care Center where she resided until her death.

Ada and Bernard were truly the love of each other’s lives, and it seemed the names “Ada and Bernard” were one word. It was rare that they were not together. Ada had many interests—assisting Bernard with the cattle and farming operations, growing an extensive vegetable and flower garden and baking for the farmer’s market, all the while assisting those in need.

During the 10 or so years prior to her mother’s death in 1969, Ada spent part of every week staying with her and caring for her needs. She was also the mainstay of the Groseclose-Walchle family get-togethers for many years and was well known for her great country cooking.

While Ada and Bernard never were blessed to have children of their own, they became an influential part of the lives of many of their nieces and nephews, as well as many children which they cared for over the years. Ada’s notebook records the names of some 125 children that they cared for. Some were only a one-time “baby sitting” job, but a sizable number were longer-term situations. A few of them became almost as close as if they had been their own children. Some of those they cared for are now grandparents.

Ada had a framed plaque in her home which seemed to be the signature of her life. It read: “One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, not what my clothes looked like. But, the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.” She was important in the lives of many.

Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her parents, Arthur and Ollie Groseclose; brothers, Edgar, Lloyd and Guffy; sisters, Alta (Likens) Bennett, Annie French, Nellie Maendl, Vada Walchle and Ida, who died in infancy; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Floyd Likens, Merle Bennett, Anna Mollenberg, Paul Maendl, Leah Groseclose and Willard Walchle.

Ada is survived by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jewell French of Olds, Alberta, Canada, Doratha Groseclose of Greybull, Wyo. and Marion and Lois Walchle of Mount Vernon, Ohio; as well as many nieces and nephews, great- and great-great- nieces and nephews and a large host of children whose lives she influenced.