Terri Minninger Groat Anton

Terri Minninger Groat Anton

Terri Minninger Groat Anton

The Villages, Fla.

Terri Minninger Groat Anton, 79, of The Villages, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.

Cremation services have already taken place.

Terri is survived by her husband of 35 years, Hermann Anton; daughter, Julie Groat Wright (Steve) of Clarksville, Md.; granddaughter, Jocelyn Wright; Hermann’s daughter, Natalie Anton; her granddaughter, Gracianna Anton of Rocky River, Ohio; Hermann’s son, Wayne Anton of Beltsville, Md.; her

brother, John Minninger of Sun City Center, Fla.; sister,

Nancy Stenerson of Tacoma, Wash.; sister, Karla Brecke of Shellsburg, Iowa; sister, Charlotte Jones (Dennis) of Brooklyn, Iowa; sister-in-law, Florence Snider of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, Earl and Marian (Ferguson) Minninger; brother, Jim Minninger; sister, Karen Davies; brother-in-law, Ken Stenerson; sister-in-law, Sue Groat Novak; and brother-in-law, George Snider.

Born Oct. 12, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Terri was a 1961 Jefferson graduate. She continued her education at Princeton University, earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Johns Hopkins University, obtaining an M.S. in Technical Management.

Terri held positions at: General Electric Corp., manager of computed tomography marketing; Boeing Aerospace, Boeing’s first remote software quality engineer; United States Postal Service, process control division software quality engineer; ARINC, senior director of air traffic services; until her retirement. Then back to learning at Howard County Community College to earn a certificate as a Certified Bookkeeper.

Through Terri’s daughter’s eyes:

On Christmas Eve I joined a club I never wanted to be a part of. I lost my mom. I am heartbroken and devastated. It was sudden and unexpected, which is a blessing. One of her biggest concerns was being a burden to others. She was a very private person and would hate being made a fuss over, but I want the world to know what a wonderful person she was and it’s their loss for never having known her. She loved her family deeply, always putting their needs and desires above her own. That doesn’t mean she was a pushover; far from it. She was a very strong, independent woman. In high school she wanted to take math and science classes but the guidance counselor tried to guide her to home ec classes. She went on to get degrees from Princeton and Johns Hopkins in computer and electrical engineering. She worked her way to the top of a company that was heavily male-dominated. Don’t tell my mom she couldn’t do something because she would prove you wrong. Luckily, I know how much I was loved. When I was in labor she dropped everything and flew cross country to meet her granddaughter. Then she flew out to visit to average every other month for the first four and a half years of Jocelyn’s life. Then we decided to move to be closer to her. My mom was (I hate that word ‘was’ so much) my best friend. We had weekly family dinners, we talked on the phone or texted almost daily. She loved travel, education, reading, animals, quilting, and doing number puzzles like Sudoku and Ken Ken. Most of those loves were passed down to me, except I never was any good at sewing. After Covid hit, she and my stepfather decided to move down to Florida for the warmer climate, so I unfortunately didn’t get to see her as much over the last few years. Luckily I got to visit her last August and see where she lived. We were going to see her next week, and had so many fun things planned. Now I’m down in Florida having to go through her belongings. I hate this so much! I only scratched the surface of telling you what an incredible person she was, but she would hate the fuss anyway. I love you Mom and am going to miss you so, so much!

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