Lisa has been overwhelmed with emails, comments, texts and Facebook posts.  She wanted me to send out a post to THANK Everyone from the bottom of her heart for all of the support you have given her in her time of need.  You don’t know how much this means to her to have this many people care about her and her family.  If you want to learn more about Lance he has a Facebook page dedicated to him that allows everyone to gather and post about their memories of him. The account already has 300 members.  If you are on Facebook search  In Loving Memory of Lance Van Groll   ask to be member and view all of the posts of this special guy.  Lisa has even posted a few.

Here is Lance’s Obituary if you have not read it yet.  Lance’s Obituary


Thank you for being there for her.

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  1. Marty Toale Avatar
    Marty Toale

    My heart breaks for you and Nick and your family. Blessings be with all of you.

  2. Fay Avatar

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with you and your family.

  3. Gaile Schriber Avatar
    Gaile Schriber

    Still praying for your family.

  4. Karen Avatar

    Lisa, Nick & family. I hope all the prayers from everyone will comfort you in your time of sorrow. God Bless you all

  5. ronda926 Avatar

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your son, my heart aches for you so much and words fail me, I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. my prayers are with you and your family during this tragic time in your life. May God give you comfort!

  6. Deb Avatar

    Lisa, Nick so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Pat Duddleston Avatar
    Pat Duddleston

    What a shock for the whole family. I am so sorry to hear the news of your loss of Lance. Praying that God will be especially close at this very hard time. Pat D

    Sent from my iPad


  8. Faye Avatar

    Our prayers go out to all of you….. Cherish his memory and remember the good times~


  9. Patti Wiggs Avatar
    Patti Wiggs

    So very sorry for the loss of your son – holding your family in my heart and prayers.

  10. Theresa Avatar

    Dear Lisa, Family & Friends, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I pray that God’s arms will be wrapped around each of you and He will bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Natalie In Nebraska Avatar
    Natalie In Nebraska

    Lisa, I am so saddened to read this. There are no words adequate to offer when a young life is cut short.. Praying for your entire family….

  12. carol steffensen Chickadee Hollow Designs Avatar

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your very young son, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  13. Jan Avatar

    You have given us so much joy. May all of our thoughts and prayers give you and your family peace.

  14. Mary Samaniego Avatar
    Mary Samaniego

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Many prayers go out to you and your family.

  15. Kennette Avatar

    From a mom who has also lost a child, there are no words to express my heartfelt sorrow for you. God only gives us what HE thinks we can handle. We might not think we can but HE knows best. I envy you the time you had with Lance. I only had Cassandra for three years. Much love, K.

  16. Sharon Avatar

    Oh I am so sorry for your loss and know that my prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Marianne Dubbeld Avatar

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your son Lance…my prayers are with you…

  18. Karen Avatar

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, your son was to young to be taken from you. May God give you strength in the coming days at this most difficult time.

  19. marlene Avatar

    Lisa & Nick, If I remember right, when our group was at the Retreat House you brought us on a field trip to your warehouse and Lance was dying wool and he was so good natured when we messed with him. He also gave some of us an overview of what he had to do to dye the wool. I remember thinking how great it is that you are luck enough to have so many family and friends work with you. I believe he left you with thousands of good memories and his legacy will warm your heart and the hearts of many others. What a good example you are for your family. God has truly blessed you and will help you through this. I don’t know you that well but the first thing I wanted to do was hop in the car and come give you a huge hug and show support. God bless you and give you the comfort you need to get through all of this. Marlene

  20. nancy lightfield Avatar
    nancy lightfield

    You and your family are in our prayers. God bless.

  21. Barb Avatar

    You and your family are in my prayers

  22. Terry Avatar

    Lisa posted on face book “If only I would have known”. “if anyone or someone you know needs help please tell someone who can help. If only I would have known What was really going on maybe the tragedy would have been prevented”

    Sent from my iPad

  23. Martha C. Avatar
    Martha C.

    Lisa, the love for your family has been so obvious! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  24. Jo King Avatar
    Jo King

    Lisa and family,
    I have visited the page on Facebook and the outpouring of memories and love are so beautiful. My heart aches for your loss. Lisa, from all the pictures, it is so obvious how much you love your sons. I felt your pride and love when you talked about them at the class I took in Hershey. I am diligently working on my table mat and have been since Christmas. I am stitching in honor of Lance and support for you and your entire family. Continued prayers are being said for you as I stitch.
    To the huge quilting community that Lisa has taught and shared so much of herself with unlimited talent and feel so hopeless, let’s all of us hold a stitch a thon for Lance!
    I only met you once Lisa but you shine with talent and passion.
    God Bless!

  25. Patty Fowl Avatar
    Patty Fowl


    After my father died, someone told me this saying:

    “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
    But rather openings where our loved ones shine through
    To show us how happy they are”

    I hope you see a very bright star in the Wisconsin sky.

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.

    Patty Fowl

  26. Gail Barabasz Avatar
    Gail Barabasz

    I pray that you can in time overcome your grief and remember the happy times. There will always be a hole in your heart, but things will get better with time.
    Gail B

  27. Carole Avatar

    Lisa and family,
    I have had the privilege of watching you and your family work together and support each other and love each other. Your circles of family, friends and customers will continue to surround you with their prayers and support. I know that the Lord is holding each of you in the palm of His hand as you continue on your journey.

  28. Elizabeth “Liz” Schraeder Avatar
    Elizabeth “Liz” Schraeder

    Again I’m so sorry for your families loss. May God hold you tight as you deal with this grief. Your in my prayers Hugs

  29. susan e Avatar
    susan e

    I am so sorry and saddened at the loss of your son. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  30. Mary Andra Avatar

    Lisa and Nick and your family. There are no words to help you right this minute. My wish for you is the day you have a memory so profoundly funny about Lance that you laugh until you cry tears of joy because Lance was a wonderful part of your lives. May this memory come sooner the later. In my thoughts and prayers, Mary Andra

  31. Brenda Kowalski Avatar
    Brenda Kowalski

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending sympathies and condolences to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

  32. Ann Rennier Avatar
    Ann Rennier


    I am praying for you and your family. All of our hearts go out to express our sadness during your time of sorrow. Please know that you are not alone and that you have so many that want to lift you up. Time will not take away the memories but might ease the pain. You are loved.

  33. Gen Avatar


    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you.


  34. Vincent Udo Avatar
    Vincent Udo

    Love you and miss you Lance.

  35. Miriam Avatar

    Sincere condolences to you and your family, Lisa.
    Holding you in my heart.

  36. Marianne Patterson Avatar
    Marianne Patterson

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to you. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  37. Pat Avatar

    Lisa and family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  38. Marycolley Avatar

    Lisa and Nick, you are in my thoughts. There is nothing I can say except I’m sorry.

    Mary Colley Sent from my iPad

  39. kaholly Avatar

    There’s no way I can imagine the depth your sorrow. My eyes are brimming with tears for you. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  40. Lori Walsh Avatar
    Lori Walsh

    Dear Lisa: I remember meeting Lance when I visited the Retreat House…A handsome and personable young man! I am so sorry for your loss and I understand your Grief, having lost my own son at age 22. God is good and He will see you through this! Lori

  41. Laura Lynch Avatar
    Laura Lynch

    Lisa, Nick, family, friends & co-workers;
    Please accept my deepest sympathy at your great loss of such a wonderful young man! After reading your sad news I began reflecting on things and realized that life is so fragile at times. I forget to slow down, push the busyness away for a few moments, and really intently love, listen and affirm the precious family & friends that God has blessed me with. I will hold those I love a little tighter and a little longer when saying “hello” and “goodbye”. I have a faith & hope that this life is not the end; that Jesus comforted the disciples in John 14:1-6 by saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
    Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.”
    May you each find a measure of peace in knowing that Lance is safe and at rest in the loving arm of the Lord Jesus . . . until you are, one day, reunited with him in heaven. In that day and place there will be no sorrow, only joy! Praying for you all, Laura

  42. Barbara Post Avatar
    Barbara Post

    Oh Lisa what unspeakable pain you must feel. My friend’s 34 year old daughter died last week giving birth to their second child. This writing was part of her funeral and I think of it often:
    “When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.” “For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost.”
    Frederick Buechner (Whistling in the Dark p. 100)
    Your son will live on through you.

  43. Tina Avatar

    Lisa, I don’t know you or Lance or anyone in your family. But my heart breaks for you all at this most difficult, terrible time. I would wrap you in my arms if I could. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Keeping you and your family and Lance in my prayers and thoughts.

  44. Shelley Jones Avatar
    Shelley Jones

    To the primitive gatherings family, our hearts go out to you at this time. Your poem shows the strength of the family you created, and the special bond of being a mother. We have all came to the conclusion that labeling our quilts is more important than we realize. Your son must have known how truly special he was. The Gathering Place. Rupert, Idaho

  45. Barb C Avatar
    Barb C

    Lisa and family, i feel like i know you through the quilting world, and i hope to meet you someday, quilter’s have a very strong bond and connection, i’m continuing to pray for you and your family for peace and understanding, giving you a long distance hug from Idaho, Barb

  46. Anne Bryson Avatar

    Beautifully said! I love that poem.

  47. Delma Faber Avatar
    Delma Faber

    Lisa , I’m so sad for you and your family! Thinking of you and your family in this time of sadness!

  48. Cheryl Avatar

    I just heard, Lisa and I am so very sorry. I cannot imagine your pain but know that you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. What a beautiful tribute you gave him–thank you for sharing.

  49. primquilter Avatar

    Lisa… I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious son. I am just reading of it now.
    I loved the poem you put on his quilt. What a wonderful big hug it will always hold for you.

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