GrossRoseMRose M. Gross, age 99, formerly of Port Washington, WI died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Froedtert St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.

She was born on January 30, 1917 in Mellen, Wisconsin; daughter of Anton and Katherine Berres Schaeffer.  Rose grew up on the family farm in St. Michaels, near Kewaskum.

On November 17, 1936, Rose married Edwin C. Gross of Port Washington at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.  For a time they farmed near Waubeka.  They moved to Northwoods Road in Port Washington and then to Parknoll Lane for many years.  Edwin preceded her in death on January 21, 2000.  Rose lived at the Maple Crest Apartments for quite a few years after that.

Her husband was a commercial fisherman on Lake Michigan with the Bossler Brothers while Rose worked at Phillip Sales in Belgium and the Kenro Corporation in Fredonia.    Rose also worked a few years at the Badger Outerwear in Port Washington.  Rose took care of her family and enjoyed sewing when the children were young.  She and her husband proudly worked their gardens and volunteered at the Pebble House for many years.


She is survived by her daughters Kathleen (Ronald Hepponstall) Bossler of West Bend and Barbara Retzlaff of Lake Mills; nine grandchildren Leslie (Mike) Swift, Deborah Bossler, Dale (Deborah) Bossler, Linda (Tom Voll) Van Ooyen, Kay C. (Frank) Vespalec, Greg (Betty) Retzlaff, Robyn Retzlaff, Dawn Brown and Scott (Lynn) Retzlaff; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; her brother John (the late Florence) Schaeffer of Waukesha, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Rose is preceded by her husband, son-in-laws Kehlor Bossler and Robert Retzlaff, sisters Marie and her husband Clarence Albinger, Eleanor Herriges and her husbands Frank Herriges and Peter Neckuty and Ann Bruendl and her husbands George Bruendl and George Becker; her brothers Edward and his wife Ruth Schaeffer and Lawrence Schaeffer.

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Monday, June 6, 2016 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washingtoin, WI. Deacon Tom Surges will officiate.  Family will receive friends 1-3PM Monday at the funeral home prior to services.  Entombment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.

Information and condolences available at or 262/284-4431.


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  1. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Aunt Rose.

    Steve, Nancy, Kim, James, Freya
    Chris, JoAnn, and Laura Gross

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