November 15, 1947 - February 1, 2021
Written by Shawn E. Gross, his son. John James Gross, age 73, who was born in Menomonee Falls, WI and who was living with his wife in Mooresville, NC passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 2/1/2021. I once asked my dad when I was about 19; Dad, if you were on your death bed what would be the questions you would ask yourself to determine if you had a successful life? Without hesitation he responded, “Was I a good Catholic and did I remain faithful to the church? Was I a good husband and did I remain faithful to my wife? Finally, was I a good father, teaching my kids the importance of knowing and acting out your values?” Johns Early life- John J. Gross was the first of many children born of the late Harold Gross and Lillian Hoffmann Gross (age 95). When speaking of his life growing up with all his brothers and sisters, he recalls nothing but fond memories. However, upon scrutiny, there is a discrepancy when lamenting his early childhood struggles of having to walk up hill in 5 feet of snow both to school and back home. It was not long before I realized that if you hopped the fence surrounding Menomonee Falls North, you were in the Gross family backyard. John excelled in sports and earned 3 letters a year for football, basketball and baseball for all 4 years of high school. It was also during this time that the Gross family took to Boot Lake for camping trips and his love affair with fishing was born. He also caught, catalogued and displayed over 60 butterfly species and began to enjoy collecting stamps. His father Harold Gross, showed John how to strip furniture, then varnish and stain it to a glory hardly found in furniture. It further displayed I feel was John’s greatest value, learned from his father; If you are going to do something, do it well. And that defined a large part of his life. His performance in sports gifted him with an offer to play Quarterback at University of Lacrosse in La Crosse, WI. It is also here that he made the decision to be a teacher and hopefully coach youth sports. Middle life and Career- If you are going to do it, do it well. John Gross met Arlette Koeper Gross in 1974 and having known her from high school, they started dating. Within a year John asked Arlette for her hand in marriage. While doing so he committed himself as a father to her two children, not only taking up the father role but also adopting them. John and Arlette had one child, Tracy Lynn Gross. John was experiencing some frustrations with teaching so he made the transition into management starting at Bradley Wash Fountain, where he played on their very successful softball team. He would take me to these games and I would watch over his bats and glove. John found that he enjoyed management and soon found himself at E-Z Painter, which through mergers and acquisitions was eventually Newell Group and where he spent his entire career. However, his love for teaching and coaching did not go to waste. He encouraged, supported, coached, taught and played roles such as den masters, and all in all, stayed involved with all three of his children and their extra-curricular activities. He effortlessly utilized his propensity and his love for teaching to make sure all three children were prepared for life. John was eventually gifted with 6 grand-children that he loved dearly. During these formative years, John and his wife committed to rummaging, remodeling, and building a life together. This career also seen him and the family move to Tennessee in 1989. It’s here where he and his wife bought a house where John enjoyed remodeling the basement as a sports bar theme with a pool table so he could continue to play pool and enjoyed showing up his kids. He also enjoyed playing darts, collecting baseball cards and fine china, and making sure all children carried his love for the Green Bay Packers. John supported any struggles his family went through, making sure all his kids had successful transitions in life. After a 5-year return to WI for John, he then transitioned into retirement with his wife in Mooresville, NC. Late life and Retirement- John and Arlette retired to Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC, where they continued to love each other and find new value in things. It is here that he made sure that the family could spend summers together through purchasing property on the lake. He joined the Golden Boys Club where he continued to craft his golfing game, played pool, fellowshipped and assisted with the organization of events. He also enjoyed the buying and selling of stock, and as a bonus worked at Trump International where he stayed fit and met many famous people like Mr. Michael Jordan. John faithfully went to mass every Sunday up until the pandemic. “Was I a good Catholic and did I remain faithful to the church? Was I a good husband and did I remain faithful to my wife? Finally, was I a good father, teaching my kids the importance of knowing and acting out your values?” You did it, dad. And you did it well. The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 11 am, Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, NC, followed by a service at 11 AM in the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel. For those who are unable to attend the service, you may go to the following link for the live stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC864hAs96dTRLVVL1la0Qlw/videos?view=2&flow=list Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, NC, is serving the family of Mr. Gross. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com. John’s Favorite Prayer: Prayer to Saint Joseph O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
Written by Shawn E. Gross, his son. John James Gross, age 73, who was born in Menomonee Falls, WI and who was living with his wife in Mooresville, NC passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 2/1/2021. I once asked my dad when I was about 19; Dad,... View Obituary & Service Information
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