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Desiree Grossmayer
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Obituary for Desiree Grossmayer

Desiree Grossmayer (nee Amato), 59, of McHenry, passed away on February 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born July 22, 1958, Desiree was the daughter of Joseph (Dorothy) Amato and Esther (Ralph) Gunderson. She was a graduate of McHenry High School and married the love of her life, James, in 1986. Above all, Desiree will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her husband, James; two children, Eric (Heather) Grossmayer and Estea (Justin) Lauer; three grandchildren, Lilly, Gabe and Carley; her step-mother, Dorothy Amato; and her step-sisters, Cheryl Cherry, Karen Fallon, Susie Pinto and Cindy MacDonald.

She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Amato; her brother, Joey Amato; and her mother and step-father, Esther and Ralph Gunderson.

Friends may visit with her family at a memorial visitation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry, IL. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL, with those attending gathering with her family at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests memorials in her honor be made directly to her family or be directed to JourneyCare Foundation (for the Woodstock location), or Masses in her memory would be appreciated.

For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for her family.

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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory

3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM
The Church of Holy Apostles

5211 W. Bull Valley Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Memorial Contribution

JourneyCare Foundation

2050 Claire Court
Glenview, IL 60025


To the Family

c/o Justen Funeral Homes
3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

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