Rose Marie Grossman was welcomed to the loving arms of her Savior on April 22, 2022.
She was the beloved daughter of the late John Wilson Conrad and the late Ida Portman Conrad. She was the cherished granddaughter of the late Joseph Henry Conrad and Mary Ann Thornton Conrad. She was especially proud of her grandfather, who was actively engaged in 56 battles and engagements of the Civil War. He was in the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd division, West Virginia Cavalry under General Custer and General Capeheart. He was present at General Lee’s surrender at Appomatox and received the Metal of Honor for bravery in Washington D.C.
Her maternal grandparents were the late Charles J. and Annie Killmeyer Portman of Butler.
Rose Marie was born on a sunny Sunday afternoon, July 29, 1928 at the homestead farm near Herman, Summit Twp. She was raised with strong values and frugality, and a deep Catholic faith. She had a flair for artistry and style, which lead her to non-professional modeling in fashion at many events in New Kensington and Natrona Heights area. She also modeled at Phipps Conservatory flower show.
She met her loving husband, the late Kenneth John Grossman at the SVF “Crystal Ball” dances in Saxonburg. Their love of dancing led to winning several first prize trophies in Jitterbug contests. They married in July 1948 and enjoyed over 62 years together until his decease January 25, 2011. Rose Marie retired from the Accounting Department, PPG Industries after more than 22 years of efficient service.
She was a staunch Civil War history buff, traveling in their motorhome, retracing her grandfather’s battles history. She enjoyed golfing, attending reunions and family parties, and most of all, her loving family. She was known for her love of writing letters and sending beautiful cards on all occasions.
Rose Marie was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Joseph R.C. Church in Cabot.
As a young lady, she received many ribbons prizes for her achievement in Herman 4-H Clubs.
She was the devoted mother of Jon Kenneth Grossman, Saxonburg, Lynda Sue (Joseph) Fularz, Lower Burrell and Karen Joyce Leibowitz (Gregory Morvick) of Tarentum.
Five grandchildren: Bryan (Jennifer) Fularz, Chad (Laura) Fularz, Kara Lyn Fularz, Seth Leibowitz and Zane Leibowitz.
Six great grandchildren: Madisyn Fularz, Maui Rose McCain, Evan Fularz, Trevor Fularz, Kenzie Fularz and Anastasia Leibowitz.
In addition to her parents, preceding her in death was her beloved husband and great granddaughter, Keeley B. Fularz and her four brothers, Rev. Father Adrian Conrad O.F.M, Cap. John, Joseph and James. Seven sisters, Alice McGinnis, Clare Donahue, Agnes Lehnerd, Helen Leinbach, Evelyn Gall, Mary Ann Hein and Sue J. Klotz.
Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001 from 3:00 -7:00 pm Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Friday at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 315 Stoney Hollow Road, Cabot, PA 16023. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Herman.
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