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In Memory

Lauri Grossman (Berns)

Lauri passed away unexpectedly on August 1, 2020 at age 63. Predeceased by her father, Louis Grossman. She is survived by her devoted husband, Sam; loving daughters, Abbey (Max) Lorber & Marley (fiancé, John Doyle) Berns, adored Grammy to Brynn & Harrison Lorber; mother, Shirley (Aroesty) Grossman; siblings, Eileen (Scott Irwin) Grossman, Michael (fiancé, Kris Morone) Grossman, Marcy (Jeremy) Levine; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, her beloved canine companion, Ralphie, as well as many close friends. 

A native Rochesterian, Lauri graduated from Irondequoit High School and RIT.  Lauri and Sam met in the second grade with no idea that their paths would cross again in college, leading to 39 years of marriage.  Lauri was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1979. For 41 years, Lauri fought the disease with grace, determination, and dignity; she was an inspiration to all that knew her.

Lauri’s natural ability to connect with others allowed her to make long-lasting friendships instantly.  She lived life to her fullest, never turning down a game of euchre, mahjong, dice, or a shot of tequila.  She was a lifelong Bruce Springsteen, Buffalo Sabres and New York Yankees fan.  Lauri was recognized for many years as a top fundraiser for the MS Society. In 2017, she was honored as one of the area’s Extraordinary Women by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester for her exemplary contributions and positive impact on those who surrounded her.  

A celebration of Lauri’s life was held privately. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to her many friends, relatives, and all those who have helped Lauri throughout the years.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Upstate New York National Multiple Sclerosis Society in her memory.  

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08/07/20 10:30 AM #1    

Heidi Berner (Mittiga)

Lauri and I used to play together when we were young. I still remember her smile with eyes that twinkled. She was a sweetheart. I’m so sorry for you and your family, Sam.    -Heidi (Berner) Mittiga 

08/07/20 03:22 PM #2    

Gregory Covey

I remember Lauri and Sam back in Brookview Elementary School in the 60s. One day, Lauri came to class crying, which was upsetting, so I asked about it and discovered that her dog had died. I can't remember what grade we were in but I remember trying to understand how a pet could die and just death in general. We didn't like to see our classmates upset so some memories last forever.

My deepest condolences to Sam and his family for their great loss.

08/08/20 10:18 AM #3    

Debra Bricker (Brewer)

Sam, I am so very sorry for your family's loss.

03/16/21 10:00 AM #4    

Kathy Gurnett (Brown)

This is a late response to Lauri's passing but a heartfelt one.   I was in HR with Lauri in our HS days and I'll always remember her sweet smile and beautiful personality.   While we didn't have any real connections outside of our high school days I'll never forget her perseverance of living with her MS for many years.  It was told through pics and her own accounts of traveling around the US with her best friend/husband Sammy Berns.   Such a beautiful couple and it seemed that nothing stopped her from enjoying a concert on any side of the continent as her pictures from FB or a song/memory showed they were seeing another favorite performer of theirs.  You could tell she loved her concerts!

I think the last time I did see Lauri was around mid 2006 perhaps?   Mutual friend Gina Muto LoVullo was working at a newly opened restaurant and so we had a Mini Reunion there.  It was great to see Lauri and Sammy come as well.  It was a fun night of reminiscing the good old IHS days.  Lauri was wheelchair bound but it didn't stop her from having a great time and seeing that beautiful smile just made anyone beem as you could see the love in her eyes.   

I know you are Resting in Peace dear Lauri.   I will never forget you heart

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