Vivian S. Groat


Vivian S. Groat, 97, of Franklin, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.

She was born Nov. 29, 1925 in Westford, the daughter of Edward J. and Silva (Perry) Skellie. In 1944 she married Norman W. Groat in Westford. He predeceased her in 1981.

Vivian was employed for 35 years as a chief clerk for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Walton. After retirement from Department of Agriculture in 1987, Vivian worked many years part-time for Catskill Tractor and Chen-Del-O Federal Credit Union, both of Franklin.

She was a member and former treasurer of the Franklin United Methodist Church, a lifetime Rotarian, and also enjoyed membership in the Washington Reading Club, and the Delaware County Senior Council.

Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed knitting afghans for many, was an avid reader, playing card games (rummy especially), filling out puzzle books, and reading any and all newspapers.

Vivian loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and many knew not to phone her when it was on. Her favorite place to eat was Cracker Barrel. She was a worldly traveler in her younger years.

Vivian will always be remembered to her family and friends with her greeting of, “Howdy-Doody!”

She is survived by two sons, Norman (Doris) Groat of Walton, and Lincoln (Melinda) Groat of Bainbridge; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, special friends near and far, and her roommate, Marion.

Vivian was the oldest living sibling of two brothers, Rod and Norman; and three sisters - Alma, Fran, and Maryann, who all predeceased her. She was also predeceased by a great-grandson, Dustin Groat; and an infant great-granddaughter, Chelsi Snell.

As per Vivian’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will take place in the spring at Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Franklin Fire & EMS, PO Box 8, Franklin, NY 13775 and the Franklin Rotary Club, PO Box 178, Franklin.

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Vivian’s family.