Francis Gross

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Francis Albert Gross, 90, of O’Fallon/Belleville, IL, born December 12, 1930, in Evansville, IL died Sunday, May 16, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Gross retired from Schnucks Grocery Stores after many years of service.  He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL, and was a founding member of Yesterday’s Kids at the church.  Francis was also a member of the Swansea American Legion Post 2007 and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus O’Fallon Council 4239. Francis was a Korean War veteran while serving in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael M. and Martha, nee Bleem, Gross; three brothers, Paul (Margaret) Gross, Leo (Ethel) Gross, and Milton “Jack” Gross; three sisters, Sr. Marina Gross, ASC, Sr. Mary Martin Gross, ASC, and Florence (Raymond) Bussman.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Loretta B., nee Falbe, Gross, whom he married July 15, 1959; two sons, Michael J. (Susan) Gross of Belleville, IL, and John M. (Karen) Gross of Washington, MO; four grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Gross, Nicholas (Amy) Gross, Matthew Gross, and Jacob Gross; two sisters, Sr. Anne Frances Gross, ASC, and Sr. Mildred Gross, ASC; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Gross; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, or to the Adorer’s of the Blood of Christ. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL, with Msgr. William Hitpas officiating.

Private burial with military honors will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St.  Louis, MO.


4 Comments on Francis Gross

Dorothy Showalter said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 10:21 AM

Deepest sympathy to Loretta and the entire Gross family.

  • O'Fallon
  • Il
Wendy Hofer said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 10:23 PM

Loretta and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I feel very blest to have known Frank and your family. It was a treat to sit with you during mass. I sure do miss seeing you and the Kids! Again, my deepest sympathies! Wendy and Tracie Hofer

  • Bradenton
  • FL
JAMES HARPER said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 4:57 PM

My deepest condolences to Loretta and the entire Gross Family on the passing of their beloved husband, Father and Grandfather Francis. As I was a member of both the Knights of Columbus and the Yesterday’s Kids group at St Nicholas Catholic Church I had the privilege of “crossing paths” with Francis and Loretta many times over the past 21 years we have lived in O’Fallon, Illinois. I am Honored and Humbled to have known this wonderful man! Thank You Francis and Loretta for sharing our lives!

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Mayola*Arthur Sneed said : Guest Report May 16, 2021 at 7:59 PM

Loretta and family have fond memories of Francis at Scnucks and we were neighbors our prayers with you and family.The Sneed's

  • Mascoutah
  • Il

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