Donna Grossmann

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Donna Lucille Grossmann, nee Mackin, 86, of Belleville, IL, born July 31, 1934, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Donna graduated from St. Teresa Academy in 1952. She was a member of Cathedral of St. Peter Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She also was a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1, The Moose Chapter 76 of Caseyville, IL, the Belleville Elks Lodge 481, and the St. Clair County Legal Auxiliary. Donna was affectionately known as “Nana” by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. Grossmann; her parents, Leo N. and Dorothy, nee Lewis, Mackin; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis J. and Edna Grossmann; four brothers, William M. Mackin, Leo E. Mackin, Sr., Kenneth E. Mackin, and Philip J. Mackin; a son-in-law, Michael S. Cassady; two brothers-in-law, Edwin Carney and Adolph T. Fischer; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Fischer and Betty Mackin; a nephew, Leo E. Mackin, Jr.; a niece, Debra, nee Mackin, Foley; and a great niece, Eden E. Neville.

Surviving are her three daughters, Jean M. Cassady, Linda S. (Richard) Cassady, and Angela L. (Thomas, Jr.) Roewe; five grandchildren, Matthew R. (Jessica) Cassady, Alicia M. (Thomas) Chartrand, and Ryan M. Cassady, Zachary L. and Ian T. Roewe; six great-grandchildren, Seth Hanthorne, Cody Haire, Colton L. Cassady, Jack W., Alexis R. and Paige K. Chartrand; two brothers, Thomas J. (Ginger) Mackin and Paul R. Mackin; three sisters, Marianne Carney, Bonita (Dennis) Gonzales, and Barbara S. Mackin; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Mackin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank St. Paul’s Senior Community for the compassionate care and friendship given to Donna.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville East Marching Lancers (BEBOP) or to Eden’s Army. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private family services will be held.

Burial will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



18 Comments on Donna Grossmann

Sam Whitton said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2021 at 11:19 AM

My deepest sympathies to Linda, Rick, Matt and the whole family. My your hearts be filled with wonderful memories.

  • Fort Wayne
  • IN
Mike and Anne Naylor said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Jean, Linda, and Angie. So sorry to hear about Aunt Donna.s passing. She was a wonderful lady. May pleasant memories comfort you during this trying time. It is difficult to lose a loved one but especially so during the holidays.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Phyllis, Laurie and Chip Cassady said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2021 at 8:44 PM

Donna was so sweet and always smiling. She was a genuinely good- hearted woman. Sending you all our love.

  • El Dorado Hills
  • California
Melanie Schaltenbrand said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2021 at 8:36 AM

Angie, Tom , Zach, Ian and rest of your family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all and hope that you all find your own peace. Love u

  • Ofallon
  • IL
Tammy Fry said : Guest Report Jan 02, 2021 at 9:08 AM

My condolences to your family. Nana was a very special person and I am blessed to have known her. Her love and kindness will carry on thru her family. Loving thoughts and prayers to you all. Tammy Fry

  • Fort Wayne
  • In
Dot Brennecke said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 6:06 PM

Dear Angie, Linda and Jean I was sorry to learn of the death of your mother. I always enjoyed my time with her and I can still hear her infectious laugh. She was a great lady.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Cathey Newhouse said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 11:39 AM

My prayers go out for all of you during this difficult time. But yes, I believe she is dancing in heaven, also. Love to you Ang, your family, and Alicia and Tommy.

  • Red Bud
  • il
Tawanda Jones said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Angie, Linda & Jean I am So Sorry for your Loss & You have my deepest sympathy. It was a great Pleasure taking care of. Mrs Donna she was very special to me & I have so many memories & pictures with her she will be missed. RIP Mrs. Donna❤❤

  • East Saint Louis
  • Il
Tawanda Jones said : Guest Report Dec 31, 2020 at 9:37 AM

Linda,Angie,& Jean you have my deepest sympathy. It was a great pleasure taking care of Mrs Donna I have so many special memories with her. & she was very special to me❤ RIP Mrs Donna

  • East St. Louis
  • Il
Beth Wiesemann said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 8:33 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss Angie. I know she's free of all her physical ailments now. And she's able to be with your dad, like you said, dancing and having fun. I like to believe that we get to go back into our best times when we pass.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Angela Oates said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 8:21 PM

Ms. Grossmann will always be one of my favorite residents amongst, many. She always corrected when I did or said anything wrong, the humbleness she carried always. Had a huge impact on me in more ways then, then she'll ever know. Even after being gone for a year she remembered me and taught. Me the golden rules of being kind, loving and passionate to other's. You have my deepest condolences and prayer's. FLY HIGH MY ANGEL FLY HIGH!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carol Gaa said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 6:52 PM

So sorry to hear Donna passed. I got to talk to her recently when she was leaving St Paul’s for a Doctor appt. So happy I had that opportunity. She and my mom used to joke with each other at the lunch/dinner table. Such a sweet lady. She will be missed. Glad to get to know you Linda. ❤️❤️

  • Belleville
  • Il
Geralyn Hobbs said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 5:46 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family. Angie, thanks for sharing your mom on FB. May God Bless!

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Laura Seliner said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 5:28 PM

While I never had the chance to meet Mrs. Grossmann in person, I feel as though I did get to know her through Angie’s Facebook posts. She will live on in the hearts of her beautiful family. Laura Seliner

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Cindy Taylor said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 5:16 PM

So sorry for your loss. She is no longer in pain.

  • Belly
  • Illinois
Melissa and Emily Lease said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Angie and family, our deepest condolences to you all. Your mom will always watch over and protect you all. She has no more pain and has been reunited with the love of her life. Prayers for the upcoming days and weeks ahead. We love you all.

  • Il
Richard, Von, Dawn and Ana Stone said : Guest Report Dec 30, 2020 at 3:33 PM

So sorry for your loss! May God comfort all of you at this very difficult time! May the wonderful memories of Donna sustain you at this time!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Emily (Emy) Smith said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2020 at 8:53 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Donna's demise. She will be missed. Love and deepest sympathy from your cousin, Emy Smith

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri

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