Joseph Gross

Joseph Gross

May 22, 1924 September 17, 2020

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Obituary for Joseph L. Gross

Joseph Leo “Joe” Gross peacefully joined his beloved Betty, his wife of 58 years, in heaven on Thursday, September 17, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was the proud and devoted father of seven, grandfather of 19, and great-grandfather of four.

Born May 22, 1924, Joe was the son of the late Leo A. and Catherine E. (Christel) Gross.

He was a 1943 graduate of Central Catholic High School. After graduating with an associate’s degree from Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, he worked for 44 years as a machinist at Textile Machine Works/Rockwell International before retiring.

Joe sang in the choirs at both St. Paul’s Church, Reading, and Sacred Heart Church, West Reading. His love of singing led to his membership with the Reading Liederkranz Singers for many years. Joe taught himself to play the organ and piano and he entertained friends and family throughout his life with his music. He was an avid gardener. Joe’s selfless commitment to others was exhibited in his tireless gardening work for many neighbors, as well as countless volunteer hours for the Holy Name High School Band Boosters and Extravaganza events.

Joe enjoyed the holidays, especially decorating for Christmas and planning “themed” Christmas trees. He also loved pyrotechnics and enjoyed staging annual 4th of July displays. Joe made everyone laugh with his wonderful sense of humor, recycling his old material for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by seven children: Cecilia Rose (Robert), Wayne, PA; Marian Cain (William), Exeter Township, PA; Karl, Marietta, PA; Anne Melito, Perkasie, PA; Eric (husband of Erika), Perkasie, PA; Amy McMillan (Joseph), Greenville, NC; and Judith Jones (John), Bernville, PA. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and sisters Mary Noll, widow of Elmer, Laureldale, PA and Gertrude Bellanca, widow of Samuel, Temple, PA. Joseph was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Adams) and brother Eugene.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, September 21, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Entombment will be in Gethsemane Mausoleum. A viewing will be held Sunday, September 20, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic at or 223 N. Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 or to the Reading Liederkranz Singers, PO Box 4338, Reading, PA 19606. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Visitation

    September 20, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    September 20, 2020
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Mass

    September 21, 2020 | 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
    740 Cherry Street
    West Reading, PA
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    September 21, 2020
    Fr. John Anthony Hutta
  • Interment

    September 21, 2020 | 11:30am
    Gethsemane Mausoleum
    3139 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale, PA
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    September 21, 2020


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Anne Feil

Judy and family,
Thinking of you all and offering you my prayers. I am sorry for your loss.
"Uncle Joe" was such a joy to be around. His smile lit up the room.
Peace of the Lord be with you all.
Anne Feil
Comment | Posted at 10:16am via Condolence

Norie Frank

Dear Judy and Family,
I give you many thoughts and prayers of healing and peace for the loss of your dear father. I have so many memories of your Dad singing at church, helping with basketball practice and of course always being a sweet and kind man when I spent time at your house. It is wonderful that he is able to join your Mom in heaven and I wish him a happy "retirement" from this earthly life. Much love to all!

Norie Frank
Comment | Posted at 03:21pm via Condolence

Jim Diener

Eric and Family - So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your whole family in this time of sorrow. God Bless!
Jim Diener
Comment | Posted at 02:20pm via Condolence

Kathy Noll

This is his niece, Kathy. Uncle Joe is dearly loved for his kindness, his sense of humor, and his musical talent. I will most remember him for always having a smile on his face. Always pleasant, always loving, always making us laugh. I love you Uncle Joe xo. Blessings to the family (virtual hugs). ~ Kathy
Comment | Posted at 12:56pm via Condolence

Joe Noll

Joe and Joan Noll
Joan and I offer our sympathy to all my cousins on the passing of your Father. Never a dull moment at family gatherings with Uncle Joe around. He will be missed by all all who came to know and love him.
Comment | Posted at 11:56pm via Condolence

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