Mabel Grogan

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Mabel D. Grogan, nee Browne, 90, of Swansea, IL born May 23, 1930, in Pittsburgh, PA, died on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at her residence.

Mabel Grogan was a homemaker, raising five children, and had previously worked as a secretary at Parks College. She had a lifelong penchant for serving her church and community. She was president of St. Vincent de Paul for over 15 years. She was a recipient of the presidential lifetime achievement award. Mabel was Miss Senior Illinois 1999-2000, a published author, established artist, and member of The Silver Belles and a Beau dance group. She was member of the Red Hat society as well as many other organizations. Mabel was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, she loved singing in the choir.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary E. DeRousse; her first husband, George E. DeRousse, Sr., who died on October 31, 1969; her second husband, Leo P. Grogan, who died on August 9, 1997; her parents, Chalmer W. and Loretta M., nee Wightman, Browne; and two brothers, Charles M. Browne and Edward W. Browne.

Surviving are her children, Glen E. (Diane R.) DeRousse of Pevely, MO, Gail E. (John) Strubburg, Austin, TX,
George E. (Michelle) DeRousse, Jr. of Swansea, IL, and Patrick L. (Kelley) Grogan of Berkley, MA;
seven grandchildren, Jamie M. DeRousse, Scott (Kara) Strubburg,
Jay Strubburg, Jackie Strubburg, Jack Grogan, Grace Grogan and Matthew Grogan;
two great-grandchildren, Parker and Lake Strubburg;
a sister, Alice L. Wilson of Atascadero, CA;
and many loving extended family members including Debbie Williams.

Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private family services will be held.


5 Comments on Mabel Grogan

carol frierdich said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2020 at 8:55 PM

Mabel was always smiling when I saw her. Our common thread was our love of flowers. She was a special person.

  • belleville
  • il
Eileen Lapka said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 10:02 AM

I sang in St. Henry choir for many years and, for most of those years, your mother sang right next to me. She was the most cheerful and delightful person I ever met. An absolute joy to be around. She seemed fearless, always willing to reach out and try something. And she had such a sense of humor. God has reclaimed one of his angels and the world has lost a sweet sweet soul.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary hill said : Guest Report Aug 05, 2020 at 10:08 AM

Mabel I know she lived her life to the fullest she was amazing woman she she has done a lot tap dancing ms Illinois lifetime achievement award she has done more in her life time than anyone else I know all that she has done kept her young I’m just lucky I got to know that amazing woman

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Peggy Harris said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Mabel was a joy to know. So sad to hear of her passing away. I met her at St. Henry's fish fries many years ago so worked sometimes along side her. She was fun loving, smiling and a happy person to enjoy knowing. St. Henry's Church was blessed to have her as she volunteered so much to help others. I am sure she is spreading joy up in heaven now. Sending Heartfelt sympathy to her family.

  • IL
Barbara Komoromi Pees said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2020 at 10:15 AM

So sorry for the loss of your Mother she was a beautiful person and brought love and laughter in all she did. We have everlasting memories of Christmas’s Family picnics and pictures that she gave us all to add to our collections.Mabel will alwayshave a place in my heart and that will put a smile on my face hopefully as beautiful as the smile she always wore.Rest in Angels Arms Mabel and Your smile will for sure brighten the heavens a little brighter.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois

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