Dennis LeRoy Grossman

March 10, 1951May 4, 2014
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Dennis LeRoy Grossman, 63, of Apex, formerly of Wheaton, IL, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with ALS.

Dennis was born March 10, 1951 in Princeton, IL to the late Martha Eugenia Anderson and LeRoy Grossman. He was raised on a farm in Ohio, IL with three older sisters. Dennis was a graduate of the University of Illinois and later Elmhurst College. While at the University of Illinois, he met the love of his life, Donna Bolt. Dennis and Donna settled in Wheaton, IL where he worked for Nortel. In 1993, Dennis was transferred to RTP and the family relocated to Cary, NC. After retirement, he and Donna owned and operated the first The UPS Store in Apex, NC in 2002. In 2010, Dennis was diagnosed with ALS.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna Bolt Grossman; son, Matthew Grossman and his wife, Stephanie of Raleigh; daughter, Lauren Polak and her husband, Sam of Cary; granddaughter, Darcy Polak; three sisters, Peggy Andreas of Dixon, IL; Linda Manzano and her husband, John of Sterling, IL; and Judy Eager of Frankfurt, IL.

Please join the family for a funeral service to be held at 7pm Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel, 550 W. Williams St., Apex, NC 27502, where they will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601.

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natalie kopitzke

August 16, 2014

Donna, I've thought about you and Dennis often since our brain experiments at State, and just decided to look you up. So sorry to see this. Ironically, Mom passed away only 12 days after Dennis. Such a sadness. Thinking of you.
Natalie Kopitzke

May 21, 2014

So sorry to hear about Dennis. My sincere sympathy to the family. May Almighty God provide you with comfort and peace during this difficult time of your life.

May 8, 2014

Dear Donna, Matthew and Lauren, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have always enjoyed Dennis's cooking at our social gathering. May the memory of him comfort you and may he rest in peace.
Gene and Terry Yep

George and Kay Connor

May 7, 2014

Dear Donna
So very sorry for the loss of Dennis. Will always remember his wonderful smile! Always enjoyed visiting your The UPS Store and seeing both of you at the area meetings.You are in our thoughts.

Mike and Kathy Evans

May 7, 2014

Donna, Matthew, Lauren- So sorry to hear about this. Mike and I wish you all peace and comfort knowing that Dennis is in God's kingdom now.

May 7, 2014

May Dennis rest in peace. Look forward to a future time when we will see him again in perfect health.


May 7, 2014

Dear Donna, Matthew, Lauren, and Family: My prayers are with you all. May God give you comfort and hold you up at this time. Julie Kaylid

Janet Hunter

May 7, 2014

Donna, Lauren and Matt, I was so sorry to hear about Dennis. Our prayers are with you at this sad time. Knowing Dennis since our GTE days together when I was only 17 (1977!) I wonder how time went so quickly. Lauren and Matt won't remember when I babysat for them back in Bensenville when they were so see the pictures of the awesome adults they've become is so wonderful! I feel so privileged to have known Dennis and to have had him as a mentor and a friend when I was just a "kid" starting my work career and then following him over to Nortel and being able to work with him again for many more years. He was a great person and a great friend! Love, Janet, Gerry and Philip Hunter

May 7, 2014

Dear Donna and family,

My heartfelt sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with you all. Sophie

May 6, 2014

Dennis and I began our jouney at Nortel together in 1985. I remember the fun times both at work and at holiday parties, especially when Dennis and Donna dressed up as Raisins for the Halloween party! He was always so nice and sincere- a life cut too short. Donna you are in my prayers. Rose Humiston (Chicago)