Lana Groombridge

Lana Groombridge, 74, of North Manchester, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Sept. 9, 2019, after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Mrs. Groombridge was raised on a dairy farm in Lancaster Township and was active in the Salamonie Church of the Brethren youth group.  She was a camp counselor for many summers at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, and at Camp Dick Runyan in North Webster.  She earned her bachelor’s from Manchester College (now university) in physical education prior to teaching one year at Lane Junior High in Fort Wayne. She was service oriented and joined the Peace Corps in 1967, teaching and coaching for three years in Western Samoa while assisting in curriculum development.

She completed her master’s in recreation from Indiana University.  After marrying in 1972, she and  her husband returned to live in New Zealand for four years, where she taught and coached at Avondale College in Auckland.  In 1976 they returned to the United States, where she began a teaching and coaching career at Manchester University.  As women’s athletic director she transitioned the women’s extramural sports program to an intercollegiate program and expanded the number of sports offered for women.  She served on state athletic committees to begin a collegiate women’s athletic conference.  

She began her coaching career in volleyball and basketball and later became an assistant in track and field. She was inducted into the Manchester University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. She retired from Manchester College in 2008.

After receiving her doctorate from Ball State University, she became a full professor and chair of the MC Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, where she focused on teacher preparation, mentoring new staff to be better teachers and guiding students to get involved in professional organizations.  She was involved in her state physical education association where she served in many positions, included students in her yearly state presentations and received numerous awards, including the Leadership Award in 2002; the Honor Award in 2004; and the Legacy Award in 2009, which is the highest honor awarded by the state association.

She started a retirement business, Dr. Lana’s Wellness for the Home, in which she cleaned houses, prepped them for sale, painted, and gardened for many clients.

She was born Aug. 29, 1945, in Huntington to Henry and Margie Lawver. She married Graham Groombridge in 1972, and he survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Erin (Matt) Eberly, of Fishers; a son, Greg Groombridge, of Fort Wayne; a sister, Ann Lawver of Coralville, IA; and two grandchildren, Kaine Eberly and Tatum Eberly.

Calling is Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester, with a funeral service immedaitelyl following at 2 p.m. Rev. Karen Eberly will officiate the service. After the conclusion of the funeral service, there will additional calling.

Memorials are to Manchester Church of the Brethren Refugee Support Fund, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester, IN 46962;  Camp Alexander Mack, P.O. Box 158, Milford, IN 46542; or the Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland, CA 94612.

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