Our dear mother Margaret (Peggy) Wright Grossmann died peacefully at home Monday February 26, 2018, about one year after the death of her husband Judge David Grossmann. For those of us who loved them, this has been a difficult time. Peggy tried to influence the lives of everyone she knew for the better. For David, and her sons John and Tom, Peggy’s impact was profound. She is survived by John and Tom’s families, including 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Peggy was born on July 21, 1926. She had a brother and two sisters; until 10, she lived on Ridgeway Avenue in North Avondale. In 1936, her family moved to their farm outside Wyoming called Tyddyn Du, a Welsh name. She was an extremely engaged girl, and always had a project. She loved to ride horses and was an accomplished equestrian. She graduated from Wyoming High School in 1945 and was a national math scholar. She went to Wells College. After two years in an all-female Ivy League school, she decided to go to the University of Cincinnati, become a Tri-Delt, and focus on social life. She was vivacious, smart, attractive and athletic, particularly when dashing for the phone; she and her sister Janet “competed” for dates--first to the phone got the date. Legend has it that the sisters were called “hot Johnny” and “cold Peggy.” At UC, Peggy met David, who was in the SAE fraternity; they married on September 8, 1952. John was born in 1954 and Tom in 1956.
Peggy and David had much in common. They were exceptional bridge players and played duplicate bridge throughout their lives. Peggy loved games from pinochle to Scrabble and was an excellent bowler. Sisters Johnny and Peggy played a fast-paced “mean” game of double solitaire--so fast you had to see it to believe it. Peggy and David loved to travel and were amateur photographers. Peggy loved humor and David’s wit could melt her fastidious side.
Peggy took after her father Frank, a studied agnostic, and thought religion was for the simple-minded. Peggy and David were political conservatives. In 1964, they worked to elect Barry Goldwater and met Louisa Pease while volunteering on that campaign. Louisa was a Duke graduate from North Carolina and an accomplished, bright woman, which Peggy found perplexing because Louisa believed the Bible. Peggy and David told Louisa that if she could prove that the Genesis Flood was true, which Peggy “knew” was a myth, they would accept the rest. Louisa accepted the challenge. After years of debate and study, David became a Christian. It took Peggy longer; admitting to belief was almost unthinkable. Once she did, she boldly spread the good news of Christ and the truth of the Bible and the Genesis Flood. She put together extensive materials and taught creationism to middle schoolers at church. The Creationist movement knew Peggy and David; their involvement was that significant. Peggy also had another interest—health foods, vitamins and of course “no sugar.”
Peggy and David nurtured life-long friendships at church, in politics, and at work. They shared their condominium in Vail, Colorado and took yearly trips with friends to ski, play games and talk religion and politics. They opened their pool at the farm to friends and the church family and made lunches after church a Sunday ritual. David referred to her as “my Peggy.” But she was everyone’s Peggy; she liked it when her church family called her “Mom” or “Mrs. G.”
Most of all, Peggy cared about John and Tom. She continued until she had no more ability to do it, to be their loving guide who would do anything to help them; to cheer them on; to advise, give of herself and promote them beyond measure. No sacrifice was too great. Whatever was best for Peggy’s sons, was her command. Her passion, singular purpose, commitment and strong will to help her boys may have been matched by some other mothers but was not exceeded. She was also dedicated to David, and while she did not need to be out front, she was the rock behind her men. Without Peggy, David would not have been a Judge. Without Peggy, John may not have been a pastor. Without Peggy, Tom may not have become a lawyer. Peggy facilitated and worked until those goals were a reality. She made us better than we were. And when grandchildren arrived, there was a new generation to help.
Peggy worked hard. She worked on her farm as if she were a day laborer. No job was too demeaning. She prepared the family’s complicated tax returns. The IRS audited her once; they never dared do it again. Peggy never tarried. There was always so much to do and accomplish; so much good work that was not yet done. Peggy always mustered and never wavered. “Not possible” was not in her vocabulary. Now our dear Peggy, our dear mother is at rest. God speed Mom to your well-deserved peace. Your job is completed--mission accomplished; we will always be grateful.
She is survived by sons; John (Mary Pat) Grossmann, Thomas (Kathy) Grossmann, grandchildren; Daniel (Kristin), Timothy (Riza), David, Jacob (Stephanie), Rebekah, Stephen, Philip, Matthew, Michael, Annie (Corben), Rachel, Ryan, Kara, Brandon, and Matthew, and great-grandson Luke.
Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Grace Evangelical Free Church located on 605 Meadowcrest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. Funeral services will be conducted at 11am on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Grace Evangelical Free Church. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations in Margaret’s memory can be left to the Creation Museum or to Life Forward.
Arrangements by Spring Grove Funeral Home, 4389 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati.