Thanks for posting this fascinating biography/obituary of one of Syracuse's more prominent German-born citizens.
The surname was more often spelled GRUB in Germany, but was Anglicized to GROUP in the U.S. His town of origin was the little village of ULMET in the district of the larger county seat of KUSEL, in the Western Palatinate of southwest Germany (today, the German federal state known as Rheinland-Pfalz). My GILCHER ancestors attended the ULMET church, walking the mile or so from their own village of RATHSWEILER. You can see photos of the church, which dates back to the year 1091, here:http://reedy.org/ulmet.html
This area of small farming villages in the Pfaelzer Bergland (mountain region of the Palatinate) and the Glantal (Glan River Valley) was famous in the 1800s and up to around 1900 for sending talented German musical bands and musicians around the world. The Musikantenland-Museum at Burg Lichtenberg, the castle at Thallichtenberg near Kusel, tells the story:http://www.remus.museum/html/en/museum.php?id=879
as does this website on the Musikantenland:http://www.essweiler.de/geschichte/musikanten/index_gb.html
I would urge you to send a copy of this obituary to The Institute of Palatine History and Culture in Kaiserslautern:http://www.bv-pfalz.de/kultur/institut-fuer-pfaelzische-gesc...
The email is: info"at"institut.bv-pfalz.de
and the director is fluent in English.
The Institut maintains a database of Palatinate emigrants and this obituary would be a great way to include yours. They may also be able to provide you with more information on your Palatinate ancestors and their home villages and home life.
This area of Germany is also an incredibly lovely place to visit. The small villages have not yet changed their looks much in the last 100 years.
Ulmet today, along with other adjacent small villages, falls under the municipal direction of the district of Altenglan:http://ulmet.de/
You can use an online translator to more or less decipher the websites in German:http://babelfish.yahoo.com/
"German Immigrant Ancestors in Syracuse & Onondaga County, NY"http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mstone/