OBITUARY

Mrs. Julia Mary (Nitsky) Grossman

August 17, 1922February 4, 2019

Wife, mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother Julia Grossman passed in peace on February 4, 2019 at 96 years old. She was pre-deceased by her brothers & sisters and her husband, George Grossman III. Julia married George in 1942 in Stratford, CT. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Julia was a resident of Rockland County for almost 70 years living in New City, Nanuet and Spring Valley. She was the president of the Rockland Business and Professional Women’s Club in the 1960’s. Acting as an inspiration to women in business by owning and operating a beauty parlor in Spring Valley and by partnering with the United Nations to bring international speakers to speak on the role of women in business on the international stage. In her later years she became interested in art and took up drawing and water colors. Her greatest joy was being with family; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis Tunks (Richard) of New City. Her grandchildren Craig, Scott and Eric and their families including great-grandchildren Brandon, Ashley, Andrew and Ryan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at St. Augustines Church in New City. Burial to follow at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson, NY. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 11, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home, New City. Julia was a devote Catholic and always looked to support those in-need. Therefore donations may be made to the charity of choice. HIGGINS FUNERAL HOME 321 South Main St. New City (845)634-6110

Services

  • Visiting Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mrs. Julia Mary (Nitsky) Grossman

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

As memorialized by her grand-children:

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears,
But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you've given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away for life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear,
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and a 'Welcome Home'.
-Anon.

We are gathered here today in the memory of my grandmother, Julia Grossman.

Our parents give us life. Our grandparents give us a sense of who we are and where we come from. My brothers and I were lucky enough to have grown up with Grandma Julie more than just in our lives but in our home. She and Pop Pop George were always right down the hall or sitting in the family room.

There’s a lot to say about Grandma Julie. She has always been an inspiration to family and friends. Before my memory begins, she was the president of the Rockland Business and Professional Women’s Club, partnered with the United Nations to support the role of women on the international stage, and owned her own business. What I remember the most from my childhood is coming home from school and there was always a snack ready; sometimes my personal favorite of fried baloney and cheese. And when we couldn’t make it home from school on the bus, she was there to pick us up. As I got older there was more to learn from her--particularly about cooking. She was an excellent cook and made the very best homemade perogies. Also, she always liked to learn new recipes; we all can remember watching cooking shows with her.

Some of you knew her as Mom, Great Grandma, Grandma or simply as Julie. No matter the name we all knew her as a pretty amazing lady. To highlight this, I asked my brothers a simple question: “What are the 3 words that you would use to describe Grandma?”

Their responses, begin to paint a portrait of the women we all knew and loved. I will read them out to you and highlight a few of them.

-Cooking
We all remembered her cooking!

-Loving
-Caring
-Sweet, and
-Gentle
It is said that those who touch our lives inspire us and love us. And they do so for a lifetime. Grandma Julie was a gentle soul, she never raised her voice and never got upset. We always knew she would be there when we needed her to help us or to keep a secret.

-Fashionable
Grandma Julie always liked to look good and help others look good. She particularly liked watches; all different colors and kinds. She always wanted to be sure she was on-time and not fashionably late. What many of you might not know is that she owned her own beauty parlor and one of her clients was Russian royalty. For my brothers and I we also knew she was a skilled seamstress and could mend any hole we put in our clothes; because she always wanted us to look great too!

-Religion
God, faith, and family were her most treasured possessions. So, it is only fitting that we join here today to give her the farewell she deserves.

In her later years, she learned to draw and paint. She enjoyed painting animals and flowers. She became very good and her works were even displayed in an art exhibit. I think she would have enjoyed this poem.

So, when I looked at those flowers,
I was looking at God
For they bloomed in His Sun
And grew in His sod
And each lovely flower
Was a “voice from above”
That whispered a message
Of Kindness and Love
For I feel in my heart,
And I know you do, too,
That God speaks to us all
Through the kind things we do
And when I looked at those flowers
I couldn’t help but feel
That they brought heaven nearer
And made God so real
-Helen Steiner Rice, “Spring Garden”

Grandma Julie – you impacted our lives in so many ways. You helped shape who my brothers and I are and also your great-grandchildren. We will always love you and save a special corner of our hearts to keep you with us.