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Albert N. Grossman, 77, Batesville, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at his residence.. Born Oct. 1, 1938, in Ripley County, he was the son of Elizabeth (Messang) and Sylvester Grossman. He married Viola Schomber June 27, 1959, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Morris.. Al was an insurance salesman for Western-Southern Insurance for 35 years. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.. Born in the post-Depression era, Al never threw anything away, much to Vi's dismay. Even worse, he enjoyed attending farm sales and always found more "junk" to bring home. An avid gardener, each year he would put out a large plot and enjoyed sharing his bounty with friends and neighbors and then canning the surplus.. Other hobbies included collecting coins, creating wood crafts, raising rabbits, as well as watching Dr. Phil and Judge Judy on TV. A prankster, Al enjoyed teasing people and apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth. Pies and cookies were his favorites and he considered "any meal without dessert only half a meal.". He is survived by his wife; daughters Melissa Jones, Batesville, and Shannon Reeves, Pikeville, Kentucky; sons Brian, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Darryl, Sunman, Roger, Oldenburg, and Steve, Fishers; sisters Mary Ann Maple, Columbus, Indiana, Rita Robbins, Greensburg, Alma Carson, Sunman, and Ruth Wagers, Sarasota, Florida; brothers Leonard, Lawrenceburg, Raphael and Martin, Columbus, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Paul.. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 16, at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice Fund or Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.
Published on  November 17, 2015
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