A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church for Thomas Grossie, age 87, who passed away peacefully at his home in Lafayette on Monday, March 31, 2014.
The family requests that visitation be observed from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Wednesday and continue on Thursday from 8:00 am until time of service in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm on Wednesday by Annie Broussard, Sammy Fontenot, Yvonne Guidry, Brenda Bernard and Ima Williams, all of whom were dear to Thomas and his family.
The Reverend Monsignor Robie Robichaux will celebrate the funeral mass. Scripture readers will be Riley Bourque and Lauren Courville. Gift bearers will be Megan Miron and Mildred Patin. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lafayette.
Thomas was born March 10, 1927 to Willie and Lillian Grossie. He was a native and lifelong resident of Lafayette. After graduating from Judice High School in 1944, he proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict for two years. He was a master carpenter and built many custom homes in the Lafayette area. He was also employed by the Lafayette Parish School Board as a bus driver for 25 years. Thomas will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Marie Louise Viator Grossie, and his three daughters; Vicki Latiolais and her husband Michael of Prairieville, Sandy LaCroix of Lafayette, and Janice Bourque and her husband Mitchell of Lafayette. As a Papa, he leaves behind five grandchildren; Megan Miron and her husband, Stefan; Lauren Courville and her husband, Paul; Steven Latiolais, Austin Bourque, and Riley Bourque. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Andrew Grossie, and sisters Ruby Arceneaux and Doris Judice. He is survived by his sisters Hazel Mhire, Mildred Patin, and Beverly Lasseigne.
Pallbearers will be Austin Bourque, Mitchell Bourque, Riley Bourque, Paul Courville, Michael Latiolais, Steven Latiolais, Stefan Miron and Brandon Patin.
Thomas and Marie loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with friends and family members. His retirement years were filled with adventures to numerous destinations. The family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice of Acadiana, especially Ms. Esheika Fontenette for her kind and loving care given to Thomas as well as his family members during this difficult time. A genuine, heartfelt thank you to his daughter, Sandy, who devoted many years to her father's excellent care. He was a special man to all who knew him, including his canine companions, Jacques and Stella. Thomas will be sadly missed but never forgotten.