May 26, 1986 – January 29, 2022
John Michael Grosso, 35, of Roanoke, Virginia left this life to join God’s angels on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
He was born in Roanoke on May 26, 1986 and soon after found his forever family, Ron and Carolyn Grosso and daughter Jennifer. They were a military family and soon after he became Grosso they went to Australia for a two year deployment where he was sadly diagnosed with Leukemia a year later. By God’s grace and following a strict treatment protocol, he went into remission and never relapsed. What only became apparent many years later was that the treatment that had saved him would cause him many problems later in life.
After Australia, the family went on outreaches in Virginia and eventually to Rome, Italy, where Michael grew up and went to school. He had a rich and wonderful life growing up in Italy, traveling all over Europe, making good friends from many different countries and enjoying the benefits of attending an international school. He then attended schools in Pennsylvania and California, eventually returning to Roanoke where he worked in various restaurants and eventually repairing home appliances.
John Michael was a very special young man who cared about people and would be happy to help anyone in any way. He was a hard worker who went above and beyond to get the job done. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
John Michaels was proud of his two beautiful daughters Alaina May (10) and Raelynn Lyons (3). He is also survived by his father Ron Grosso of Williamsburg, Virginia; mother Carolyn Grosso of Sun City Center, Florida; Sister Jennifer (Jegi) Grosso of Roanoke; Brother David Grosso of St. Petersburg, Florida; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends around the world.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel on Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke. Immediately after the service, there will be a gathering with family and friends, located directly across from Oakey’s at the Rimini Italian Restaurant. There will also be a visiting hour at the funeral home on Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those unable to make it to the service, it will be streamed on Oakey’s South Chapel Facebook page. Click on the appropriate link to view the service.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made on his behalf to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, any other leukemia organization, or the Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com.
Published by the Roanoke Times on February 3-4, 2022.