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Francis Joseph "Frank" Gruss

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Francis Joseph "Frank" Gruss Obituary
July 4, 1927 - May 15, 2013

Francis "Frank" Joseph Gruss, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, passed
away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at his home. Frank was born on July 4, 1927 near Beal City, Michigan the son of Franklin Peter and Clementine Ida (Albar) Gruss. On December 3, 1982, he married Hilda Rose Utterback in Mt. Pleasant.
Frank was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed on the island of Okinawa from 1945 until his discharge in 1947. A man of many talents, Frank worked for the Lincoln Mercury dealership for twenty years, and then went to work for the Isabella County Road Commission, retiring after ten years of service. He was a member of the Greasy Fingers Two Cylinder Club and various other tractor clubs, and a member of the King Midget International Club.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda; children, Rick and Deb, Harold and Judy, Rose and Garry Cowden, Tim and Amy, Dan and Mary, Calvin, Karen and Greg Tibor, Chris and Sherry and Beth and Dan Pesce; also surviving are 3 step-children, 27 grandchildren, and 13 plus great grandchildren; a brother, Jim Gruss; and a sister, Eileen Burnham.
Frank was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita; and 2 sisters, Helen McConnell and Rosemarie Campbell.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12 Noon from St. Henry's Catholic Church north of Rosebush with Father William J. Rutkowski serving as celebrant. Interment will follow the service in St. Henry's Cemetery. Friends and family will gather on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rowley Funeral Home and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of the service at the church. There will be a Vigil Service on Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions have been suggested by the family to St. Charles Catholic Church. Envelopes are available at the Rowley Funeral Home and St. Henry's Catholic Church.
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"Honoring Traditions, Respecting Change"
Published in The Morning Sun on May 16, 2013
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