Joyce L. Gross
Joyce L. Gross
  • May 6, 1933 - November 26, 2016
  • Guilford, Connecticut

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Joyce L. Gross, 83, beloved wife of 62 years of Edward Gross, Jr. passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut she was the daughter of the late Seigfried and Elsie Lanz. She was a long-time resident of Madison and had moved to Guilford 3 years ago.

Joyce grew up in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated from Hamden High School. From there she went on to the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing earning her RN. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, the main focus in her life was her family in which she took tremendous pride. Her professional nursing career was one spent in service to others. A prolific knitter, she was also an avid basketball fan who closely followed both UConn teams, the Boston Celtics and the Connecticut Sun.

Besides her husband, she leaves her sons, Stephen Gross of Branford and Edward (Skip) Gross III and his wife, Martha, of Madison; daughter Robin Ragusa and friend Christopher Healey, of Trumbull; daughter-in-law Patricia Gross of Falls Church VA; grandchildren Michael and Mark Ragusa and Oliver and Nicholas Gross; sisters-in-law Jean Lanz of Stratford; and niece and nephews, Cynthia Shoopman, Kerwin and Alan Lanz.

Predeceased by her son Keith Gross and brother Kerwin Lanz.

Private services will be held on Friday, December 2nd.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Kidney Cancer Associations or the American Cancer Society