Shirley Lotz Grossman
GROSSMAN: Shirley Lotz Grossman, on April 24, 2018, while surrounded by her family, peacefully passed to be with her adoring husband of 72 years Bernard “Bob” Grossman. Survived by her daughters Michele (Dan) Babuscio and Joan (Mark) Neitznick; grandchildren Bari and Melanie Medgaus, Sarah and Ryan (Mary) Neitznick, Danielle Morgan and Justin Babuscio; and great-grandchildren Jayda Medgaus, Henry Neitznick, and Rhys Morgan and several nieces and nephews. Born in the Bensonhurst district of Brooklyn, Bob’s business first took them to Miami, then north again making Pittsburgh their home for over 50 years. Given Shirley’s God-given talents Shirley could have chosen many career paths, but besides her full-time job raising her family, Shirley worked part time at many small retail establishments around the area, finally retiring from Sears as a jewelry salesperson at the ripe young age of 86. Shirley’s true passion though was always her love for her husband Bob and her children Michele (Shelley) and Joan, her grandchildren and precious great-grandchildren. If a manual is ever written on how to be a successful mother/wife and in general a decent human being, Shirley would be the individual described in that book. There are many words to describe Shirley but the words that stick out the most to describe her are loving, empathetic, caring, compassionate, insightful, intelligent, honest and kind. Truly a gentle soul, Shirley had the temperament of a lion when it came to caring and protecting her family and the ones she loved. Shirley saw all people through a single lens, a rarity in today’s world, never judgmental and always finding the goodness in everyone she met. To those who knew Shirley, or had the opportunity to meet her, few walked away from that encounter not feeling they had just met an angel. Shirley was a living example of the Golden Rule, someone you can honestly say loved her neighbors as herself. Shirley embodied a spirit that all of us should strive to. If the opportunity would have presented itself Shirley probably would have matriculated through college to become a teacher. That is not to say Shirley did not go through her life teaching. The lessons Shirley taught are the most important lessons in life to learn but sadly for some the most difficult to understand. As we awake today in Shirley’s absence we find the world a little less kind and a little less loving but hopefully from the lessons Shirley taught us all on what it means to be a good person, those lessons will be carried through to fill the void Shirley’s absence will most certainly leave behind. Graveside services and interment will be held on Wednesday at 2 PM at Betty Rosenberg – Parkway Jewish Center Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.