Levine Chapels

470 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA


Patricia L. Grossman

Cherished Wife, Loving Mother and Mimi

Patti passed away after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer on Thursday, January 9, 2020 . Patti’s memory will live on for generations to come as she touched so many in her short 68 years with her warmth, joie de vivre, and spunkiness.

Memories of her vivaciousness and strength will live on in her husband, Louis of Newton, her children, Joel and Holly Grossman (Lafayette, CA), David and Dara Grossman (Needham, MA), Jacob and Elizabeth Grossman (Dover, MA), Debbie and Jason Silverman (Brookline, MA) and her nine grandchildren (Avi, Ezra, Ayla, Ian, Jared, Alexa, Henry, Sydney and Bobby) who will remember their Mimi with love. Patti also leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Margie Levin (Wayland, MA).

Born in Boston and raised in Newton, Patti was introduced to Louis by her friend, Louis’ sister, Linda Polivy, and their romance quickly kindled at Camps Takajo and Wenonah in Naples, Maine where she and Louis were both counselors. They were married after a two year courtship when Patti was 19 years old.

A graduate of Beaver Country Day School and Barnard College, Patti and Louis raised their children in Needham where Patti’s strong presence was felt on the PTC of the High Rock School and on the soccer fields with her megaphone. Brimming with energy, when she wasn’t working at Newton-Wellesley Orthopedic Associates, Patti’s involvement in the community spanned decades of direct and active engagement in organizations including Temple Beth Shalom, The Anti-Defamation League, Women of Reform Judaism, Camps Eisner/Crane Lake, Mayyim Hayyim, Hadassah, and The Roxbury Latin School, among others. Strong and caring, tender and thoughtful, Patti’s generosity manifested itself in myriad ways, many anonymously.

She took great pride in her family and watching her children grow, marry, and have their own children while they honor the Jewish family values that she and Louis hold so dearly. Her relationships were sacrosanct, including those with her children’s spouses, to whom she referred to as “daughters-in-love” and “son-in-love.” Her friends will fondly remember the songs and poems that she wrote in their honor for special events. Patti leaves behind friendships that span decades, none greater than hers with her husband of 48 years. They relished their time together and with family, especially in the Berkshires, where they dashed between Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and Shakespeare & Company with friends and in Boston, where they routinely enjoyed The Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Huntington Theater.

Patti’s light and life will be missed but remembered.

A funeral service will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494 on Sunday, January 12 at 11:00am with interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park.

The family will sit shiva on January 12 at Temple Beth Shalom from 2:30pm-7:00pm. They will continue to sit shiva on January 13-15 from 2:30pm-5:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at The Clubhouse at Ledgebrook (261 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Patti & Louis Grossman Educational Scholarship Fund at Temple Beth Shalom, www.tbsneedham.org/donate or Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, MA, www.mayyimhayyim.org


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020


Patricia L. Grossman

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Adam Berezin

January 13, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to your family. We hope you find strength in this time of difficulty.

Susan and Chuck Hofeller

January 13, 2020

Chuck and I are so saddened to learn of Patti's passing. Our condolences to the Grossman family and their friends.

Sima Kaplan

January 12, 2020

Patti was so full of life and love. She made everyone around her feel welcome and cared for on a continuous basis. We will miss her and will continue to feel her presence in our family.

Nancy k Kaufman

January 11, 2020

I was so very sad to read this. Louis, on behalf of me and my sister Barbara Kupferman who was friends with Patti when she lived in Neddham, I send my heartfelt condolences. When I ran into Parti in Lenox a couple of summers ago she was her bubbly, vibrant self and greeted me so warmly. May her memory be for a blessing always and and forever z”l and may you and your family be comforted with the mourners of Zion.

Michael Verdun

January 10, 2020

Louis and family - You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We hope that your many wonderful memories of Patti will sustain you and we know that Patti will always be remembered by our extended family for her wonderful smile & all her good deeds.
Cousins Donna & Michael Verdun

Brooke Federico

January 10, 2020

I had the great pleasure to spend time with Patti whilst on a cruise to Mexico just before Joel and Holly’s wedding, as well as during subsequent visits to Boston. Patti was such a kick! Her joy and warmth were infectious and spunk tremendous. She was so kind to me. Upon meeting her, she immediately made me feel welcomed. Which is a trait that Patti had in spades, the ability to make strangers into friends right away. My sympathies and condolences go to her family and all her friends. I will always remember Patti fondly and desire to share her warmth with others.

Linda Grandinetti

January 10, 2020

I remember Patty with fondness. She and I worked together at High Rock school on the PTA and Jerid and Joel were good friends. I loved it when she used the megaphone on the soccer field. She was always positive and so fun to spend time with. Sending love and hugs to all the family.

Leona Persinger

January 10, 2020

Remembering your Mom. ❤️ Jim and I spent time with your parents on our visit to Boston for Holly and Joel’s wedding. What a gracious and loving person she was, and she made us feel so welcome. Sending much love to the family. She lives on in each of you.
Leona and Jim Persinger

Nancy and Mark Belsky

January 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we learn of Patti’s untimely passing. We honor Patti’s strength, courage, and determination to make every minute of every day count. She rarely complained, investing all her energy into squeezing every bit of sweet juice out of living. For Patti, life was the best invention. And, did she love her life!

Our hearts go out to the love of her life, Louis, her children, and grandchildren. Family was Patti’s everything. Such love and pride ! A friend to many, Patti made each of us feel valued . She celebrated our uniqueness and made everyone feel so important. She brought out the best in each of us.

Quick witted, Patti never missed a beat. She was truly funny . Her sometimes dry and satirical humor conveyed just how very smart she was.

Patti will be sorely missed. We mourn her loss with family, friends, and the broader Jewish community. May loving memories, family, and friends be sources of comfort for Louis, Joel, Holly, David, Dara, Jacob, Elizabeth, Debbie, Jason, Avi, Ezra, Ayla, Ian, Jared, Alexa, Henry, Sydney, and Bobby.

Lucille Sands

January 10, 2020

Patti will be remembered because of her magnificent smile
and engulfing warmth--