Mary Grosso, 72, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died at home on Aug. 20, 2022. Born on Sept. 3, 1949 in Joliet, she spent her childhood all over the world as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer.

A registered nurse, mother, and grandmother, she was insistent about caring for others and spreading kindness wherever she went. She moved to Oak Park with her husband and musical partner, Jim Grosso, in 1974, where she brought joy to many through their musical groups, Thursday’s Child and Northern Skyline. She was a longtime participant in the Farmers Market jam circle, and affectionately known to many as “the white-haired lady with the upright bass.”

Mary was preceded by her husband, Jim Grosso; her brothers, Mike and Dave; and her parents, George and Kathryn Prodehl (nee Machatka). She is survived by her sons and musical proteges, Gabe, Adam, and Michael; her grandsons, James, Mason, and Dylan; and her brothers, Steve, Charlie, and Tom.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman Harnett Funeral Home in Forest Park.

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