Marsha Groff

Marsha Groff

Marsha Groff • Vibrant People of Elkhart County

Friday’s Vibrant Person is Marsha Groff!!!


When Marsha Groff came to Elkhart in 1976, she had no job and no place to live. But there was something about the place that felt right. “The community was very good to me,” she tells us. And why not? Marsha is a lovely person, a good neighbor, fun to be around and is always ready to help.

“I’m only here two days a week,” Marsha says about her volunteer role with the United Way of Elkhart County. She adds, “It’s like I try to fit five days’ work into them.” Keith Sarber, United Way’s V.P. of Community Impact calls Marsha “one of the most extraordinary volunteers United Way has ever seen. She helps us look good.”

Marsha spent 20 years at LaSalle Bristol. When it was time to retire, she wanted to stay active and contribute to the community. United Way gave her that opportunity.

Marsha has a delightful sense of humor and a pleasant disposition. She is a terrific baker and her baked goods are often found at United Way’s break room.

Gardening is one of Marsha’s hobbies and she is a good one. Since her retirement, the garden has become even more lovely. “It’s almost to where I would like it to be,” she says. Like many who enjoy spending time with their flowers and plants, “almost there” is a constant state. That’s part of what makes it fun.

Marsha is also an avid reader. She claims her home is filled with books. We asked what she enjoys most. Her response: “If somebody puts paper between two book covers, I will read it.”

It’s been over 40 years since Marsha arrived in Elkhart County. We are glad she calls it home.