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Michael H. Gross

MICHAEL H. GROSS, 54 Michael Howard Gross, 54, of Boyertown, died December 3, 2012 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Born November 19, 1958 in Pottstown, PA, he was a son of Frederick S. Gross of Boyertown and the late Elsie Mae (DeTurck) Gross. Michael was a 1976 graduate of Boyertown Area High School. He was certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. Michael was a member of Frieden's United Church of Christ, Oley. He was employed a number of years with Kistler O'Brien Fire Protection, working as a regional service manager for the Philadelphia Area and last working in the same capacity for the Reading Area. Michael felt that he lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization of such warm, compassionate people at Kistler O'Brien Fire Protection. He was a member of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Good Guys Rod and Custom Association and the Tamaqua Street Machine Association. Michael enjoyed working on and restoring classic vehicles. He loved fire training and teaching as well as watching drag racing and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan. Michael is also survived by sister, Karen L. (Gross), wife of Steven S. Shomper of Boyertown. Other survivors include his girlfriend, Lori F. Eckert of Boyertown. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Blankenbiller Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 423 Main Street, Oley, PA 19547. A viewing will be held Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be in Frieden's Cemetery, Oley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the fire company of your choice in Michaels name or to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, 16825 South Seton Ave., P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. For online condolences, visit www.blankenbillerfh.com

Published in The Mercury on Dec. 5, 2012
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