Dorothy B. Gross, age 85, of Randolph, Nebraska and formerly of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Colonial Manor in Randolph.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM led by Reverend Michael Swanton. Following the visitation, it was Dorothy's wish to have her body donated to the USD Medical Center in Vermillion. Burial will take place at the Yankton Cemetery at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren: Mark, David and Jerrlie Wieseler, Nicole Hollum and Dion Spaulding, Jeremy, Jon, Jim and Jason Gross, and Heather Thrash, Justin and Isaiah Gross.
Dorothy was born August 8, 1928 in San Luis Obispo, California to Sherman and Katherine (Canty) Allerton. She grew up in Bieber, California and graduated from Vallejo High School in 1946. In 1950, Dorothy married Jerald W. Gross Sr. in Yuma, Arizona. They moved to Yankton in 1964 and Dorothy worked as a secretary for the Yankton Medical Clinic for 15 years. In 1980, they moved to Carroll, Nebraska and she worked for 17 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Wayne Care Center. Dorothy then moved to Randolph in 1997 where she worked at Colonial Manor until retiring in 2000. Dorothy continued living in Randolph after her retirement and was a member of St. Frances Catholic Church. She enjoyed embroidering, breeding poodles, and growing irises and roses. Dorothy loved her family and treasured the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her four children: Joy Wieseler of Norfolk, NE, Toni Gross of Norfolk, Jerald Jr. (Betty) Gross of Randolph and LeRoy (Jennifer) Gross of Rapid City, SD; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother, LeRoy (Liz) Allerton of Etiwanda, CA; two brothers-in-law, LeRoy Grosshuesch of Hawaii and Glenn (Phyllis) Grosshuesch of Yankton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerald on December 26, 1983; grandson, Adam Spaulding; son-in-law, Allan Wieseler; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Cecelia Allerton.
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Just like to express my sympathy of the passing of your mother
Sending you my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom. I have many great memories of Aunt Dottie and Uncle Jerry visiting us on our farm when we were all kids. Many good times were enjoyed after your family moved back to South Dakota. You will be in my prayers.
Linda (Thranum) Wilcox
So sad at the loss of your mother. Dear Aunt Dot. Our thoughts and prayers are the entire family. God Bless
So sorry to hear of aunt ditties passing one of my fondest memories was visiting and seeing the chinchillas and of course the little dogs Dottie had a very beautiful spirit you are in my prayers from joys little flowergirl
My sincere sympathy to all of Dorothy's family. I worked with her at the Wayne Care Centre and enjoyed her very much. She always talked about her family. I always remember she had a smile and hug for me every day. Heaven has sure gained a tremendous angel.
I remember working with Dorothy in the old Yankton Clinic from 1974 through 1979. I always enjoyed visiting with her. A neat lady.
Dan Mueller (pharmacist at the old Yankton Clinic)
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