Elizabeth Gross

Elizabeth J. "Betsy" Gross

1938 - 2019
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Elizabeth J. Gross “Betsy” of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on May 1, 2019. She was 80 years old.

She was born September 20, 1938 in San Diego, CA, the daughter of the late Fred H. Thompson and Susie Grant Thompson.

Mrs. Gross attended Bel Air High School and was graduated from Perryville High School in 1955 and was graduated from Towson University in 1959 and began her teaching career in Perryville. She retired after 25 years from the Harford County School System where she both loved and affected the lives of many elementary school children.

Mrs. Gross was involved in many facets of her community. She was den mother when her sons were young, was a judge for the Harford County Board of Elections, a volunteer in local schools, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W., and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Havre de Grace. She was an active volunteer in the B.P.O Elks 1564. She enjoyed traveling, camping, boating activities, reading, playing slot machines, and various crafts. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandson.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John “Jack” Gross of Havre de Grace, two sons, John David Gross and his wife, Theresa of Newark, DE, and Thomas J. Gross of Havre de Grace, MD, and four grandchildren, Christina (Nicholas) Timlin, Catherine (Robert) Harmon, Courtney and John Patrick and great grandson Kolton Ryder Timlin, and brother, Roger Bruce Thompson and wife Sheila.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jane Elizabeth Gross, and sister, Patricia Thompson Murray.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD, where a funeral will be held at 12 P.M. Interment to follow at Harford Memorial Gardens. Officiating is Father Dale Picarella of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 12:00pm
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Dale Picarella
  • Interment

    Harford Memorial Gardens
    3839 Aldino Road
    ABERDEEN, MD 21001
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Martice Huff

Posted at 01:00am
I'm so sad to learn of the passing of my favorite teacher Mrs. Gross! I was the choreographer of our school play and you always told me .. your going to Hollywood one day kid... It's because of your encouragement that I work in the entertainment industry today ! Thank you for being you and bringing out the best In your students... 🙏🏾

Lynne Betts

Posted at 10:40pm
Dear John and family
Please know you are being lifted in prayer. May you also feel God's comforting embrace during this sad time. Lynne, SVdP

Anthony Saponaro

Posted at 02:52pm
I just recently learned of Betsy's passing. My sincerest condolences to the Gross family. Looking back at our high school days, during the 1950's, we enjoyed all of our school functions and sports. We enjoyed jitterbugging at the Perryville Church of the Good Shepherd teenage dances, hanging out at the Whistle Stop restaurant, and just growing up during the 50's. Such a memorable time. And Betsy was a part of it and a loving friend to all. Again, my condolences to her loving husband Jack and the Gross family.

Morris Workman

Posted at 12:11pm
Whenever I ponder the term "elementary school teacher," it's the face of Mrs. Gross that immediately comes to mind. She was my fifth grade teacher at Havre de Grace Elementary School in 1971, and while I can't remember whether I had oatmeal or eggs for breakfast yesterday, I can clearly see her "Magic Pencil" swinging from a piece of yarn tacked to her bulletin board. Inside were the ingredients for a writer-in-waiting, including theme topics like "How the giraffe got its long neck." More important was her enthusiasm for the things I wrote, her guidance on proper spelling, and her beautiful smile and spirit that made me work even harder for her approval. To say "I'll miss her" wouldn't be quite accurate, because she lives in my heart and words every day, and will until we are all reunited in that great "Whatever Comes Next." Today, my thoughts are with her son John, who was my friend from middle school on, and the rest of her wonderful family. I have no verbal salve to ameliorate your grief, only the observation that we all meet thousands of people on our journey, but it's a special and precious few that ride in our souls to the end. It's been nearly half a century since I last spoke to my fifth grade teacher, and she is still a part of me. We should all endeavor to make those rides with others we meet.

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Posted at 09:35am
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