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Carol Anne Gross

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:09 a.m. CDT

Mrs. Carol Anne Gross, 66, of Morris, Ill., passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at Rivershores Care Center in Marseilles.

Born March 30, 1947, in Wilmington, Dela., Carol Anne was a daughter of the late James and Frances Hoffman-Smith. She was raised and educated in Delaware before moving to Utah and graduating high school.

In May of 1968, Carol married Gordon Gross in Morris. He preceded her in death.

She held employment over the years at the Joliet Arsenal, Grundy Bank, Northwestern Corporation, and the Morris Daily Herald. Carol was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris, and often tutored at Immaculate Conception School. She enjoyed knitting, playing the cello, and playing the organ at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Morris.

Survivors include three children, Matt (Ellen) Gross of Ottawa, Ill., Nancy (Jeff) Spampanato of Seneca, Ill., and Scott (Jennifer) Gross of Morris; grandchildren Nathan and Anna Spampanato, and Jada, Kohen, Adam, and Noah Gross; three sisters, Sally (the late Leon) Zanoni and Janet (Jim) Pullen, both of Florida, and Martha Smith of North Carolina; three sisters-in-law, Carole VanCleave and Sharon (Lynn) Paulson, both of Morris, and Sandra Harney of Idaho; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, James and Frances Smith; her husband, Gordon; and one sister, Nancy Hunter.

Cremation rites have been accorded per the wishes of Carol. A Memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 600 East Jackson St., Morris. The Rev. Ed Howe, CR, will officiate, and inurnment will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Morris.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Carol’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Immaculate Conception School Endowment Fund.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Morris. For additional information, call (815) 942-2500.

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