October 30th 1954 Gerald L. Gross and Barbara E. Schoch were married. On this day in 2019 they were reunited in God’s Plan. At 82, after four months battling what appeared to be a moving health target he passed in Naples Florida, his home of over 30 years, of a heart attack.
Jerry was active within the Church, own social circles, and personal interests. He attended Church every weekend, often welcoming other worshipers in; he especially enjoyed the music and would volunteer often for events. In his youth Jerry was something of a Jack of Trades; a hairdresser, a contractor involved with building anything from family homes, including his own, to warehouses to hospital refurbishment. After moving to Florida he became a licensed CAM manager of various Condominiums from northern Naples to Marco Island and later became a furniture restoration specialist. In his free time he enjoyed activities of all sorts. Jerry often went camping with his family, hunting with his son and friends, fishing and skiing both snow and water with his wife Barbara, later sharing a love of greeting card crafting. Boating, kayaking, scuba diving, and days spent on the water. He spent years in the sky flying planes and gliders, and kept up his love of ham radio. He crafted custom furniture for his family and enjoyed all types of woodworking, a love he shared with his daughter. Truly a man who enjoyed working with his hands and creating something that could bring a smile to himself as well as others. Jerry had a zest for life that drove him to experience everything he could, never sitting still for long and always up to something.
He is survived by two brothers, Andy and Kenneth Gross, two sisters, Doris Dickman and Roseanne Green, two children, Jerry Lee Gross and Kimberlee Schmadtke, and one granddaughter, Karissa Thomas.
His wishes would not be that we mourn his death, but that we celebrate his life.