Ida May Grossman, 88

Ida May Grossman, 88, formerly of rural Urbana, worshiped her Heavenly Father in His presence and with a new body at 5:55 am, Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

She was born April 2, 1928 in Ellingson, S.D., to Celia M. and Beatrice (Gooding) Smith.

Ida May graduated from Monument City High School in 1945 and attended Manchester College.  She married William N. Grossman in Huntington County, on Sept. 14, 1947; he died March 1, 2011.  She spent her life helping on the farm and serving others. 

She loved to cook and host family and friends.  Ida May was a member of the North Manchester Missionary Church and the Extension Homemakers.  She was named the Farm Bureau Farm Wife of the Year.  God blessed Ida May with a beautiful voice, and she sang with the Jubilaires Quartet for many years.  She lived at Timbercrest since 2012. 

She is survived by six children, Becky (Dean) Benz of North Manchester, Tim (Karen) Grossman of Annapolis, Md., Rod (Sheila D.) Grossman of New Paris, Randy (Bonnie) Grossman of North Manchester, Rex (Sheila M.) Grossman of Urbana, and Rachel (Todd) Hoppes of Wabash; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gordon Smith of Warren, Curtis (Dee) Smith of Fort Wayne, Paul (Doris) Smith of Morenci, Mich., and Edgar (Debi) Smith of Lagro; and three sisters Celia Shankster of Laketon, Rosemary (Melvin) Royer of Sanford, Fla., and Harriet (Jon) Askew of Mesa, Ariz. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at North Manchester Missionary Church, 806 E. St. Rd. 114, North Manchester, with Pastor Dan Binkley officiating.  Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro.  Friends may call 2-8 pm Thursday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Preferred memorial is the Friends of Timbercrest.

The memorial guest book for Ida May can be signed at


Posted on 2016 Jun 21