Joan Elizabeth Grote, daughter of Frank and Doris (Bridger) Nigro, was born July 24, 1951, in Miami, Florida. The family moved to Sanford, North Carolina where Joan attended school. She continued her education at East Carolina University. Joan met Steven Grote while he was serving in the Marines and the two were united in marriage on August 5, 1971; two sons were born to this union.
Joan worked as a waitress for over 20 years and spent the next 20 years working as a travel agent. She was a member of the Discovery Alliance Church and enjoyed leading Bible study and participating in church groups. Joan was an avid reader, her favorite being the Bible. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting; who’s prize Moose still holds a record. Joan and Steve loved boating and traveling together. She cherished spending time with her family especial her children and grandchildren. Joan was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed.
Joan passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula; she was 69.
Joan is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Steven Grote of Missoula; sons, Ryan (Sarah) Grote of Sheboygan, WI; Christopher (Irina) Grote of Amburg, Germany; grandchildren, Quinn Grote; Sophia Grote; Nicholas Grote; brother, Doug Nigro; nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Frankie Nigro.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Discovery Alliance Church in Missoula. A private family burial will be held at the Western Montana State Veteran Cemetery. Online Condolences may be left at gardencityfh.com.