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Simon Joseph Grossmayer, Sr.

March 28, 1928 ~ July 9, 2022 (age 94)

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Deacon Simon “Cy” Grossmayer, 94, formerly of Algonquin, IL, died on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Alexian Village in Signal Mountain, TN.

Deacon Cy was born March 28, 1928, in Haymarsh, North Dakota, to Nickolas and Katharina Grossmayer. He was number nine of ten children. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his twenty-year-old daughter, Sandra Mary Mattingly, and his wife Elaine of forty years. He married Ann Reinhart on November 4, 1989.

Deacon Cy is survived by his wife Ann; two sons, Simon Jr. (Gail) of Crystal Lake, IL; James (Doreen Freund) of McHenry, IL; three daughters, Debra Ann Byrne (Martin) of Marengo, Marengo IL; Maria Renee Olsen, of Marengo, IL; and Nora Jan Mangano (Larry) of Fishers IN. He is also survived by two step-daughters, Rebecca Reinhart (Rickey George, Sr.) of Mobile, AL. and Sarah Silbergleid (Steve) of Naperville IL. Deacon Cy was blessed with eleven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, one step-granddaughter and one step-greatgrandson.

Deacon Cy worked for Jewel T Company, later J.T.’s General Store as Warehouse Operations Manager for 32 years. He was a member of St Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin for 57 years and a deacon for the Diocese of Rockford for 16 years. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.

For over sixty years, his ministry was visiting the sick. After his ordination, April 27, 1996, his ministry was mainly directed to helping the terminally ill and their families. Deacon Cy also did “Grief Recovery Programs” for those who lost a loved one. In April of 2012, he retired as an active deacon in the Rockford Diocese and moved to Florida. In October of 2016, he and Ann moved to a Life Care Facility, Alexian Village of Tennessee. In March of 2017, Bishop Stika, Bishop of the Knoxville Tennessee Diocese, gave him faculties, as a retired active deacon, for the Diocese of Knoxville. He was assigned to St. Augustine Church and Alexian Village of Tennessee, in Signal Mountain.

Even though he was an active deacon in the Diocese of Knoxville, he was never incardinated into the diocese. He remained a deacon in the Rockford Diocese with St Margaret Mary, his home parish.

Visitation will be at St. Augustine Chapel, of Alexian Village, Signal Mountain, TN on Wednesday July 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mass for Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. in St. Augustine Chapel.

Burial will be at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery, Fox River Grove, IL.          


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July 13, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Alexian Village-The Chapel
437 Alexian Way
Signal, TN 37377

Mass of Christian Burial
July 13, 2022

11:15 AM
Alexian Village-The Chapel
437 Alexian Way
Signal, TN 37377

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