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May 23, 2014

R.I.P. Grandpa/Great Grandpa George Grossi

Today marks the day that we lay to rest Great Grandpa George Grossi Sr.  After 93 years, he passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home, here on the ranch.  I am so happy both of our kids are old enough to retain the memories of him as they grow up.  Before he became home-bound a few years ago, he was out working on the ranch every day.  Our beef cattle were his hobby and part of his daily routine.  He would drive out to the pasture where they grazed and was there for the daily feeding on most mornings.

Here is how the Obituary read, written in collaboration by my father-in-law, George and his two sisters, Carol and Shirley.

George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890's , each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during & after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.

They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was Blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi.  

Some Family History

George Sr.'s father,  Domenico Grossi, and mother, Teresa set up seven of the ten kids that were interested in pursuing owning and running a dairy farm,  dairy ranches of their own.   In the 1940's, George acquired the ranch that we now call home.  It was almost 600 acres with Novato Blvd. running through it.  A few years later, he married his lovely bride, Mary.

George & Mary in the mid 50's



A few years of being on his own ranch, George was approached by the North Marin Water District asking to purchase 64 acres of the ranch so they could build Stafford Lake water shed.  George agreed and in 1952, the deal was done.  But it wasn't quite that easy because on the portion of land that was purchased by the water district, sat the family home, calf barn, the milking barn and the bunk house that housed the workers.  George and Mary also had two of their three kids by this time as well, Carol and George Jr.

George Sr. & George Jr.






The house and milking barn were demolished, the cement foundation of the milking barn still sits, planted at the bottom of Stafford Lake, where this past fall, with the very little amount of rain we were given, I was able to see the remains of the cement foundation.  The calf barn and bunk house were moved across the street.  The bunk house is still in working order to this day.  George and  Mary found a house for sale in downtown Novato, (on the corner of Grant Ave and Redwood Blvd.- for you locals-it's where Redwood Credit Union sits now) which they bought and had moved to the ranch.  It is now my in-laws house and has been added on and remodeled a few times in the past years.


Bunkhouse on wheels being moved across the street.





The water district also bought adjacent properties to the 64 acre Grossi parcel to complete their project.



R.I.P. Grandpa/Great Grandpa George.  He is in a better place now but he will always be here on the ranch, in spirit.  We will miss him, his sense of humor and his stories from long ago.   Thank you for all the memories.  Your legacy will live on for many years to come.

George Anthony Grossi 10/15/1920 - 5/17/2014 George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890's, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946. They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was Blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=george-anthony-grossi&pid=171088994&fhid=3061#sthash.sk7b1D0b.dpuf
George Anthony Grossi 10/15/1920 - 5/17/2014 George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890's, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946. They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was Blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?n=george-anthony-grossi&pid=171088994&fhid=3061#sthash.sk7b1D0b.dpuf
George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890s, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.
They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church on Friday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity .
Arrangements entrusted to Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from May 22 to June 21, 2014
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/petaluma360/obituary.aspx?n=george-anthony-grossi&pid=171085495&#sthash.7OpyeAhx.dpuf
George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890s, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.
They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Keaton's Redwood Chapel in Novato followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church on Friday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity .
Arrangements entrusted to Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from May 22 to June 21, 2014
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/petaluma360/obituary.aspx?n=george-anthony-grossi&pid=171085495&#sthash.7OpyeAhx.dpuf
George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890s, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.
They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/petaluma360/obituary.aspx?n=george-anthony-grossi&pid=171085495&#sthash.7OpyeAhx.dpufGeorge Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890s, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.
They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi
George Anthony Grossi passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the presence of Mary Grossi, his wife of 67 years and all of their children. George was born on October 15, 1920, the youngest of 11 children born to Domenico and Teresa Grossi who emigrated to Marin County in the mid-1890s, each of them from a small village in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. George grew up on his parent's "Home Ranch" on Novato Boulevard, west of town. As a young man, one of George's jobs was delivering milk in cans to the Presidio in San Francisco during and after World War II. When he returned with his truck to his Novato ranch, he would quickly change his clothes and drive to Cotati, where dances were often held. It was at one of these Cotati dances that He met petite Mary Halter of Penngrove. They were married on December 28, 1946.
They made their home on his Novato ranch, where they raised their three children together. He was a devoted husband and father that valued his family above all else. George was also a dedicated dairy farmer and active member of the Marin County agriculture community throughout his life. He was honored in 2006, along with his brother Jim, as a lifetime member of the Marin County Farm Bureau. George was blessed to live 93+ joyful years near his family and loved ones. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and just walking (He never used the word hiking) on his beloved land.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; son George D. (Annette) Grossi; daughter Carol (Rich) Ryan; daughter Shirley (Robin) Nosecchi; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his siblings, Eda Spaletta, Domingo Grossi, Elsie Grossi, Lilly McWhorter, James Grossi, Henry Grossi, Virginia Gallagher, Mary Rogers, Alfred Grossi, and Helen Bianchi
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