Gerald John Gross, 82, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  

Born in Racine, Wisconsin on September 3, 1934, Gerald was the son of Alfred and Francis (Vanderheyden) Gross.

Brought into the waters of baptism on September 16, 1934 at Old St. Mary’s Parish, Racine, Gerald was the second of five children. His family were members of St. John Nepomuk Parish in Racine.  He attended St. John Nepomuk grade school and graduated from St. Catherine High School in 1952.  He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA for two years before enlisting in the United States Army where he served for three years.  Stationed in Hawaii, that’s where he fell in love with the game of golf. He lived in Schofield Barracks where From Here to Eternity was filmed; one of his favorite movies.  

He graduated from Marquette University in 1966. After the service he met Cathleen Ann Crossin at Marquette University. They were united in the Sacrament of Marriage on August 17, 1963 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Kenosha, WI. Together they raised 4 children in Racine. Jerry was a self-employed independent insurance agent for over 50 years. He was president of Racine Kenosha Life Underwriters for two years in 1982-83 which he was very proud.

Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Gerald was an avid golfer.  While he was a regular member of the Wednesday men’s group, he most enjoyed golf when he would play alone on the golf course.  He was very proud of his hole-in-one in 1992.

A devout Catholic, Jerry attended Sunday Mass every week and Wednesdays during the season of Lent. He often took walks while praying the Rosary.  He was a member of St. Rita Parish in Racine for over 40 years and a member of the Holy Name Society. He always had a passion for the truth, had great love for his fellow man and the common good.

During the last 11 years of his life, he was humbled by suffering a debilitating stroke. He pressed on as best he could. But it was a suffering for him and his wife, Cathleen, who cared for him.  His family will deeply miss him and prays that he is now at rest with Jesus, Mary, and all the angels and saints.

Jerry is survived by his wife Cathleen of 53 years and his four children: Alan (Paula) Gross of Chicago, IL Jeanmarie (Chris) Graziano of Slinger, WI, Karen (Scott) Kutac of Bulverde, TX, and Fr. Robert Gross of Calmar, IA.  Ten grandchildren: Abraham Graziano, Jonah Gross, Jack Graziano, Ally Gross, Ayla Graziano, John Kutac, Natalie Kutac, Madeline Kutac, Maria Graziano, and Isaac Gross.  He also is survived by his siblings: Richard (Peggy) Gross, Marilyn (Thomas) Davis, Janet (Charles) Haas; and brother-in-law, David “Fritz” Lepow.  He is also survived by godchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Francis, and his sister, Diane Lepow.

Funeral Details For Gerald Gross

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at St. Rita Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, Racine. The Rosary will be prayed at 3:45 p.m. before the visitation and conclude with the vigil service led by Deacon Greg Petro at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, September 12 at St. Rita Church, Racine.  Fr. Robert Gross will be main celebrant of the Mass. There will be an additional visitation Monday at the church from 1:00 p.m. until time of Mass at 2:00 p.m.  Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Memorials to the Seminarian Educational Fund Archdiocese of Dubuque or to the Alpha Center of Racine or to St. Rita Parish have been suggested.

Jesus, I trust in you!  Jesus Mercy!

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