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Elizabeth “Betty” Gross

Elizabeth Gross close obituary photoElizabeth “Betty” E. Gross, age 94, of Freeman, died Thursday, August 30, 2012, at Oakview Terrace Nursing Home in Freeman.  Her funeral service was at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 4th, at Kuhler Funeral Home with Rev. Rod Poppinga officiating.  Burial was in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery.

Elizabeth “Betty” Wipf was born on her grandfather John Stahl’s farm west of Freeman on December 31, 1917, to Jacob E. and Susanna Wipf.  Her family resided with the grandparents until September 1919, when they moved to their own farm 6 miles west of Freeman.  Elizabeth attended the Walz School District #87, graduating from eighth grade with highest honors in the county in just seven years and continued her education by taking some courses at home.  At the age of 11, Elizabeth assumed many household duties at home, helping to care for her younger siblings due to the illness of her mother.  She also helped care for her grandfather, John Stahl, who made his home with the family for eighteen years due to handicaps and blindness.  Elizabeth spent her youth helping on the family farm, and the family endured many hardships during the 1930’s. 

Elizabeth was baptized on November 19, 1936, by Rev. Peter J. Stahl and became a member of the Hutterdorf Church.  She was married to Ferd M. Gross on June 25, 1944, at the family farm east of Hitchcock by Rev. Joseph J. Hofer.  She joined the Hutterthal Mennonite Church at Carpenter where she taught Sunday School and served in the Christian Helping Hands.   In March 1947, Ferd and Betty purchased a farm on the east side of Hitchcock, and Ferd’s parents lived with them on the farm. 

Betty enjoyed working at the Variety Store in Hitchcock for many years.  She loved gardening and growing flowers.  She always had a flock of chickens and many egg customers.  Betty prepared many delicious meals for family and friends.  In 1982, they sold the farm and moved to Freeman for 1 years.  Then they relocated to Huron when Ferd’s health began to fail.  In 1994, Betty sold her home in Huron and moved to a duplex in Freeman where she helped care for her ailing brother, Jacob Wipf, Jr. Betty enjoyed working at the Et Cetera Shop and attending Bethany Church and Women in Mission.   In 2003, she moved to the Salem Home, where she resided until 2010, when she relocated to Oakview Terrace. 

She is survived by a son, Delmer (Nancy) of DeKalb, Illinois; a grandson, Shawn Gross of Schaumburg, Illinois; a brother, Herman (Inez) Wipf of Freeman; two sisters Naomi Braun of Albia, Iowa, and Susie (Rheiny) Hofmann of Yankton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferd; her parents; four sisters, Barbara Wipf, Mary Schmeichel Kathryn Wolf and Dorothy in infancy; two brothers, Jacob Wipf, Jr. and Elias in infancy; and three brothers-in-law, Judson Wolf, Eldon Schmeichel and Norman Braun.

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