Louise Grossman, 98, of Nederland, Texas passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at her residence in Nederland with her loving family at her side.
Louise was one of four children of Agnes and Paul Woitena. She was born on June 23, 1924. She grew up on a farm in Orange Grove, Texas. Two weeks after turning 18 Louise traveled from her home in Orange Grove to Florida to marry her childhood sweetheart who was in the army. They were married for 51 years. They lived in Onset, Massachusetts for a few months after marrying. She worked in a jewelry store and made rafts in a factory during this time which was during World War ll. Then when Doc shipped out, she moved back home to Orange Grove. He returned 2 and a half years later to Louise and their first daughter Carolyn. They eventually moved to Nederland, Texas where they raised their 4 children. Louise eventually went to cosmetology school and became a beautician and owned her own beauty salon for several years before she had her last child. She then started working for Nederland school district in the cafeteria.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church for 73 years. She was a wonderful Christian example to all who knew her. She would visit her elderly neighbors, bring them meals, buy their groceries, fix their hair and bring them to their doctor appointments. She loved to sew, crochet, garden, do carpentry, and pray the rosary. She was very creative and made many beautiful quilts and quilted pieces, crocheted blankets, made her children and grandchildren clothes, even shirts for her son and grandsons. She also loved crafts. she belonged to St. Charles alter society for 70 years, she was a member of St. Charles Women’s Guild, a Eucharistic minister for jail ministry, a Eucharistic minister to home bound, prepared breakfast for the Bishops Breakfast for over 25 years, prepared meals for hospitality, was a member of DAWN, and was a Eucharistic minister and volunteer with Golden Circle Nursing Home Ministry
She also loved to travel and she traveled anywhere she could. Louise traveled all over the United States and to Medjigoria; Yugoslavia and she took many trips with her children and went on several cruises.
She also loved to deer hunt and had a lease with her family for several years. She shot many deer and turkeys. She also dressed most of her deer. She loved to be outdoors and grew most of her vegetables and satsumas and kumquats. She also loved to cook and create new recipes long before the creative cooking shows were a fad.
She played canasta and dominoes on a regular basis. She also loved meeting at Port Neches senior center and playing bingo with her friends there. She said many times, that there is no reason to be bored or feel sorry for ourselves because there are so many things to get involved in and so many people to help. She loved her family dearly and loved for them to get together as much as they could. She always had celebrations for her family for every holiday and a vacation to the beach in the summer. Louise was the glue that held our family together. She taught us all how to love one another, to love God, to have faith in God and to always trust in His love and care.
She is proceeded in death by her husband Emil (Doc) Joseph Grossman, son Douglas Wayne, grandson Darren Ross May, grandson Micah Joseph Weber, son-in-law Dallas Joseph Broussard.
Louise is survived by her children Carolyn Dean Broussard, Valerie Jane May husband Shelby, Pamela Ann Weber husband Timothy, Dennis Joseph Grossman and significant other Linda Rodriguez; grandchildren Melissa , Monica and husband David, Gary and wife Rebecca, Greg, Brian and wife Stefany, Gregory and wife Kristy, Colin and wife Jennifer, Bryce and fiancée Bethany, Douglas and wife Lila, Samantha and husband Cory, Kyle, Tabitha and significant other Jaxon, 19 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Melancon's Funeral Home in Nederland. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland with burial to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Bryce Weber, Douglas Grossman, Kyle Grossman, Brandon May, Dylan Ewing, Thomas Stone, Gary Deese and Nathan Deese. Serving as an Honorary Pallbearers will be Gregory May and David Ewing.