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Post# 967094   11/9/2017 at 22:00 (319 days old) by NOLAwashing (New Orleans)        

I am sorry but I wasn't sure where to put this. Steve Groff aka Sacto Teddy Bear, passed away last monday. He has several machines in his mini storage ... 2 working combos, some electronic Lady Kenmore sets, and more. I am in touch with his brother because it would hurt Steve to know that his machines end up scrapped. I may be planning a trip to go out there because there is one set that we agreed to buy/sell it for my new house. Everything else is up for grabs. Please say a prayer for Steve and his family. THANKS?

Post# 967101 , Reply# 1   11/9/2017 at 23:12 (319 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Oh No!

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For the love of God, NO!

Am just shattered, totally shattered. Thank you for posting the information, am sure other members will be glad of it as well.

May God grant Steve eternal rest in peace!

Am too choked up now to say anything more.

Post# 967104 , Reply# 2   11/9/2017 at 23:18 (319 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I am so sorry to hear this. Always very sad when one of our members passes. I remember his posts.
May he rest in eternal peace and his family find peaceful comfort.

Am so sorry.


Post# 967106 , Reply# 3   11/9/2017 at 23:28 (319 days old) by agiflow2 ()        

I'm sorry for those of his loved ones and friends who will miss him. I always saw his posts but never knew him. Prayers for those who knew and loved him.

Post# 967107 , Reply# 4   11/9/2017 at 23:28 (319 days old) by 70series ( Connecticut.)        

God bless him. May he rest in peace.

Post# 967110 , Reply# 5   11/10/2017 at 00:09 (319 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

I'm very sorry to heat that -- may he rest in peace.

Post# 967119 , Reply# 6   11/10/2017 at 05:00 (319 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Todd, thank you for letting us know.  Glad you kept in touch with him through the years.  I'd been wondering about him in recent months.  Would like to hear from you myself. 

Post# 967120 , Reply# 7   11/10/2017 at 05:26 (319 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Yes, thanks for letting us know. I remember when he was a regular in the forums. Always difficult to learn of someone in the AW family passing away. Thanks also for your concern about his collection of machines.

Post# 967127 , Reply# 8   11/10/2017 at 07:42 (318 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        
Very Sad

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Just recently, Like Bob, was wondering why he did not post anymore.

He used to correspond with me directly.

May Steve be granted rest and eternal peace. Peace for his family as well.


Post# 967130 , Reply# 9   11/10/2017 at 07:54 (318 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Always sad to hear of a member's passing. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I remember he had a compact LG Combo, that he rather liked.

Post# 967132 , Reply# 10   11/10/2017 at 08:02 (318 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Sad News!

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I am very sorry to hear this news. I had been in contact with Steve a few years back! It was a pleasure to chat with him. My condolences to the family!

Post# 967157 , Reply# 11   11/10/2017 at 12:05 (318 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Bad news

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I am very sad to hear this news. May he rest in peace.

Post# 967160 , Reply# 12   11/10/2017 at 12:37 (318 days old) by bendix5 (Central Point, Oregon)        

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I am sorry to hear of Steves passing. We corresponded for many years. Steve and my wife would talk for hours on the phone. When in Sacramento we would meet for lunch or stop and see him. He had some nice machines in his storage. He will be missed for sure. Peace my friend. Dan and JoEllen

Post# 967173 , Reply# 13   11/10/2017 at 14:06 (318 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Iím sorry ,I donít recall Steve, but Iím very sad to hear that he has passed away. From the many responses he had many friends here on This must be a very sad time for his loved ones. May he RIP.

Post# 967191 , Reply# 14   11/10/2017 at 17:35 (318 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I'm sorry, I don't know who this is:

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But nonetheless my condolences and respects to his family and friends.

Post# 967193 , Reply# 15   11/10/2017 at 17:42 (318 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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While once a very active participant, it has been nearly seven years or longer since Sacto Teddy Bear regularly posted. As such many new members may not know of him.

However can honestly say Steve was a beautiful person, and a warm caring soul. You've but only to look through the archives to read his posts and get an idea of just the sort of man he was. Always ready with helpful advice and warm welcome.

Post# 967205 , Reply# 16   11/10/2017 at 18:54 (318 days old) by Imperial70 (******)        

I can't believe it's been seven years since seeing his posts. I remember he always would end his post with something special.

This young mortality that seems to hit so many members is rather depressing at times. A reminder that even though we plan to be on this earth long enough to put off things and wait until later, well I guess later may not come.

Post# 967218 , Reply# 17   11/10/2017 at 20:05 (318 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Very sad indeed.  Hadn't realized it had been so long since he last posted.  

Post# 967232 , Reply# 18   11/10/2017 at 21:04 (318 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Steve was an extremely warm and caring guy. I visited him a couple times in Sacramento and we had lots of fun looking at his collection and poking around local used appliance stores. Thank you, Todd, for letting us know. I wondered why I hadn't heard from him for a while. Such a loss.

Post# 967243 , Reply# 19   11/10/2017 at 23:14 (318 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Wishes extended

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I didn't know him, but add me to the group's spirit here...prayers and wishes for his immediate family. I'm sorry for those who knew him here and will miss Steve.

Post# 967307 , Reply# 20   11/11/2017 at 11:11 (317 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
Sad to hear this

Steve gave me a Frigidaire 1-18 washer many years ago. We did have lunch at that time. I always enjoyed his posts here. He was a character and a collector before this site was started. I got to see some of his collection in his patio at his Sacramento home.

Post# 967330 , Reply# 21   11/11/2017 at 13:05 (317 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
Sad to read...

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About his passing. My thoughts & prayers go out to all his friends & family. May he rest in peace.

Post# 967345 , Reply# 22   11/11/2017 at 14:50 (317 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Mark (Lightedcontrols) also kept up with him in past years. 

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