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Official Obituary of

Paul A. Grossenbacher

January 10, 1940 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Paul Grossenbacher Obituary

Paul A. Grossenbacher, 83, of Roscoe, IL passed away peacefully December 6, 2023. Paul was born January 10, 1940, in Green County, WI to his parents, Alfred and Theodora (Stuckey) Grossenbacher. Paul was the husband of Bette (Hayward) Grossenbacher; they married December 16, 1961, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Beloit, WI.

Paul completed the Iron Worker Apprenticeship and Training (US Department of Labor 1969) Program, and received multiple additional certifications from Rock Valley College. He was a proud member of the Iron Workers Local 498 since 1969; he eventually retired in 2005. Paul was a gold member of The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

Paul had many different hobbies throughout his life. He really enjoyed music and playing the banjo, the accordion, the harmonica, but his most favorite instrument to play was the guitar. He was a member of the Rockford Bridge Center for many years (ACBL Bridge Master). He enjoyed playing all types of cards though. Paul was also a pilot; he received his aviation license and loved getting up into the sky. Paul also enjoyed following the stock market, politics and WWII history, car mechanics, collecting recipes and learning new cooking and baking techniques, and Judo. Above all else, he loved people and getting to learn about the lives of others and encouraging them. Paul will be dearly missed by so many.

Survived by his wife, Bette "the love of his life;" children, Jeanne Kallina, Laura Grossenbacher, Joanna (Scott) Grant, and Karla Grossenbacher (Alexei Cowett); grandchildren, twins Max and Sofia Cowett (age 11); sister, Doris Vestal; nieces, Donna Shones of Islamorada, FL and Carrie Hess of Roscoe; nephews, David Shones of Detroit, MI, Dale Shones and Mark Shones of the Rockford area, Jeff Vestal and Douglas Vestal of Loves Park, Michael (Michaela) Hess and Jeremy Hess of Madison, WI; sister-in-law, Susan Hess of Madison, WI; brother-in-law, Charles Hayward of Schaumburg, IL.  

Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Theodora Grossenbacher; in-laws, Charles and Ernestine Hayward; brother-in-law, Wallace Vestal; sister, Esther Shones; brother-in-law, Arnold Shones; sister-in-law, Young Sook Park; niece, Vikki (Shones) Peterson; son-in-law, James L. Kallina; and numerous close Brothers in Iron Work, “The Cowboys of The Sky”.

Service will be at 12:00 noon Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory - Roscoe Chapel, 11342 Main St., Roscoe with a visitation from 11:00 AM until the time of service.  Burial in Roscoe Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,  




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December 12, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Honquest Family Funeral Home-Roscoe Chapel
11342 Main Street
Roscoe, IL 61073

Funeral Service
December 12, 2023

12:00 PM
Honquest Family Funeral Home-Roscoe Chapel
11342 Main Street
Roscoe, IL 61073


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