Funeral services for Shirley Grossman of Morris will be held Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM, with a Christian Mothers Rosary and prayer service beginning at 7:30 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Chokio.
Shirley Ann Pashan, daughter of Earl and Vivian (Foster) Pashan, was born September 26, 1930 in Morris, Minnesota, where she grew up and began her schooling. Shirley later graduated from Morris High School. On June 8, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Peter Grossman in Morris. To this union eight children were born. Following their marriage, they lived in Chokio for 11 years, before moving to a farm south of Chokio, where they farmed and raised their children. They moved off the farm in 1969 and moved to Morris. Shirley then worked at J.C. Penney's for several years. She then worked as a Deputy Assessor for Stevens County for 24 years, before retiring in 2004.
Shirley was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. She enjoyed taking walks, cooking, attending church and swimming. She was well known as the "Beach Bum" in the summertime. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Shirley will always be remembered for her smiles and hugs for everyone. When you met her, you loved her. She loved visiting with everyone she met and touched the hearts of many. She will be greatly missed, especially by her soulmate of 62 years.
Shirley died on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 79 years.
She is survived by her husband: Donald Grossman of Morris; seven children: Richard (Barb) Grossman of Morris, Greg (Cathy) Grossman of Morris, Vivinette Grossman of Eau Claire, WI, Nancy Grossman of Battle Lake, Steve (Lori) Grossman of Fargo, ND, John (Dianne) Grossman of Alberta and Mary Grossman (fiancé: Larry Friesen) of Morris; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and one brother: Jerry (Jolene) Pashan of Hiawatha, IA. She was preceded in death by one infant son: Donald Richard Grossman; one grandson: Travis Jorgenson; one great-grandson: Chad Houle; son-in-law: Dick Frank; her parents and one brother: Robert Pashen.
Pallbearers for the service are Shirley's grandchildren: Tanya Scherf, Jaime Grossman, Shane Jorgenson, Levi Gulbrandson, Jeremy Grossman and Darrick Henrichs; Honorary pallbearers are Shirley's grandchildren: Travis Jorgenson, Brianna Grossman, Amber Grossman, Brandi Grossman, Haley Henrichs, Mikaela Henrichs and Kim Houle. Josh Fischer will serve as pianist and song leader for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.