Irene Virginia Grissop

Born in Bay City, MI on October 25, 1925

Departed on September 1, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Irene Virginia (Galus) Grissop, age 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 1, 2020. She lived a full & independent life. She was born in Bay City, MI, & as a young woman moved to Detroit. She enjoyed playing softball & attending dances. During WWII she worked for Chrysler to support the war effort. In 1951, she married Tom Grissop, her husband of 64 years. They remained in Detroit until retirement when they moved to Hendersonville, TN. Irene worked as a manager of a Sanders Candy Store & then later for a bakery & in catering. She was a wonderful cook & loved to bake. Many will recall her homemade apple pies, banana breads & holiday cookies. Irene also loved to travel with her family, whether it be camping, attending her spouse’s army reunions or seeing someplace new. She has been to over a dozen countries. Other hobbies included bowling, shopping, card games & Yahtzee. She loved Halloween & was known for her creative costumes. She enjoyed spending time with family & attended many a grandchild’s sporting event or school function. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary & Hendersonville Senior Center. She had a keen sense of humor, creative spirit & generous soul. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Grissop, parents Joseph & Stanaslava Galus, brothers Joseph, Raymond, & Carl Galus & Sister Rita (Galus) Greskowiak. She leaves behind son Jeffrey (Odell) Grissop, & daughter Bonnie (Bob) Grissop-O’Berry. She will be missed by her grandchildren Jason & Kamal Grissop, Thomas & Collin O’Berry, Jason, Jamie & Reshma Cole, her nine great-grandchildren, her sister Rose (Galus) O’Regan & multiple nieces, nephews & friends.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Hendersonville Funeral Home at 11am Friday, September 11, 2020. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Madison at 1pm.

10 Comments to Irene Virginia Grissop

  1. Jamie Rosa
    September 8, 2020 5:15 pm

    Your kindness and love will forever be remembered. Thank you for showing so many people the love of a Grandmother

  2. Sandi Brim
    September 9, 2020 10:42 am

    Bonnie I am so sorry to hear about your sweet mama. Prayers for strength for you and your family

  3. Pat Scott Dudewicz
    September 9, 2020 12:01 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. She sounds like a remarkable lady, and am glad she moved to Nashville to be closer to Bonnie and family. May the spirit of the Lord be with all at this time.

  4. Karen J Palmer
    September 9, 2020 2:11 pm

    She was a wonderful lady and my many fond memories of her will stay with me for the rest of my life…

  5. Cheryl Williams
    September 9, 2020 4:17 pm

    What a lovely photo memorial. I loved seeing Mrs Grissop’s life in pictures…one theme clearly shone through….she lived a wonderful life. She was surrounded by the people and things she loved… a wonderful husband and family, a life filled with adventure and humor, and especially lots and lots of love…and that’s the best thing ever. I will always remember Mrs Grissop and her flaming red hair, her tiny little body and strong northern accent, and of course her Christmas cookies. I will miss her yearly Christmas cards and the sweet notes she always wrote inside them. She always made me feel like I was part of the family. I will miss her…

  6. Sandy Cookenmaster
    September 9, 2020 8:06 pm

    Aunt Rene was a Beautiful person ❤ I will miss Her 😢 She always loved to entertain you nShe did a great job FromThe GrandOle Opry to meeting Conway Twitty n I won’t forget all the goodies she would bake Love you Aunt Rene

  7. Maria O'Regan
    September 9, 2020 10:25 pm

    Joseph and I feel so fortunate to have met Aunt Irene when you visited us in California a few years ago. I know that Mike was very pleased to visit with her as well. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you all peace and love during this time. ❤🙏❤

  8. Suzie Greskowiak Blondin
    September 9, 2020 11:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss..Aunt Irene will never be forgotten her kindness and her wonderful smile..Her beautiful letters and cards..She never forgot my anniversary..Playing poker for pennies at moms..Rest in peace..

  9. rena jones eller
    September 11, 2020 10:56 am

    I met Irene when I was director of the senior center. She was an incredible lady…spirited, thoughtfully kind and humorous. Once a person spent any amount of time getting to know Irene, you never forgot her. Even in her early 90’s, she was still sharp, witty and always ready for the next adventure. I know Tom is delighted to have her by his side once more. God bless her loving soul.

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