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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

 
 
 
SAD NEWS FROM SARASOTA--
FROM: CIRCUS PETE ADAMS
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
On my MOTHERS passing 12/27/12. Francis Scheuer
Dear friends, associates and acquaintances:
During the afternoon of December 27th, 2012 my mother, Dorothy Marie Grotefent,  passed away at home with myself and her grandson Paul at her bedside.
There is much I could say about this wonderful woman whose life spanned 89 years. Of course this is not the forum for that.
Lightly over: Dorothy was born in Halfway, Mi. A suburb of Detroit, Mi. She was not a HALF WAY woman. Adventurous to the end. As an early member of the 'divorced mothers' category when credit cards and easy finance were not available she persisted and brought up her three children in a noteworthy manner.
A major turning point in her life occurred with the proposal of marriage from Arthur Grotefent, a dynamic member of the famous Wallenda circus family. In 1964 she moved from the manufacturing city of Detroit to sunny and dynamically artistic Sarasota. The freedom of the Gulf of Mexico improved her in many ways
As a writer, entertainer and philosopher, she took up circus as her subject. For over 10 years she wrote a bi-monthly article "Life is a Circus" for the Longboat Key observer. Dorothy also authored 2 fine books on circus life, culture and activities.
As with many wives these days she shepherded her husband of 45 years thru his Alzheimer's condition and his transition. A true and faithful partner to the end for her friends and family.
Respectfully, Francis Scheuer
For those who wish to visit Dorthy and myself: services will be held Thursday January 10th at Palms-Robards Home, 170 S. Honore Ave (cnr. Fruitville Rd.) from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m.
(Optional) In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Grotefent Circus Fund, P.O. Box 1341, Sarasota, Fl. 34230
 "Open minds can open doors." 
"Measure twice, cut once."

MORE NEWS FROM SARASOTA--PETE ADAMS
The following items are for your possible attendance during this coming 7 days:
Jan 8, 9, 10, 11, 15    Dress Rehearsal Tickets available for Circus Sarasota at the Tent – Info: Pete at 941-378-9596
Jan. 10        Services and Visitation for Dorothy Grotefent at Palms/Robarts Funeral Home from 10 to 2 p.m./Graveside Service at Manasota Memorial Park/Reception at Showfolks Club at 4 p.m. following with food provided.
Jan 10-13    Circus and Traveling Shows Ministry Annual Gathering
Jan. 12 Annual Circus Mass for Deceased Show People at St. Martha’s at 9:30 a.m.
 Jan. 13 Annual Circus Mass at St. Martha’s Church at 10:30 a.m.
Jan 10 to 13    RBBB Red at Amway Center in Orlando
Jan 10-13    RBBB Gold at Pensacola Bay Center
Jan. 10 to 21    RBBB Blue at American Airlines Arena in Miami
Jan. 10 to 27    Circus Snu produced by Coronas Family for Venice Circus Arts Foundation Thursday to Sunday only
Jan 11              Opening of Circus Pages in Stuart, FL
Jan. 12            Circus Pages in Pt. Charlotte, FL
Jan 12 – 13    Ring of Fame
Jan. 12    Panel Discussion at 9 a.m. Sailor Arena Jan. 13    Induction Ceremony at 2 p.m.  Concert Prior at 1:30 p.m.
Showfolks Club Reception following Ceremony with food provided
Jan 14        Deadline for Charlie Smith Tent Annual Luncheon on 1-21-13  Contact Pete Adams at 941-378-9596
Jan. 15        Deadline for Showfolks Tent #122 Banquet for 2-6-13  Contact Brian Liddicoat at 410-812-9297
Jan. 15 to 20    Windjammers Unlimited Convention – Bradenton/Sarasota  Contact Mike Montgomery at 216-236-8241
For a full copy of all happenings in Florida with greater detail, email back to this message with a request.
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Pete Adams

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