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Obituary for Marian Frances (Weir) Gross

Marian Frances Gross (June 12 1933 – November 6 2022)

Marian Frances Gross (nee Weir), wife of Richard, mother of Richard and his wife Melinda of Danville CA, and their children Rich and his fiancée Jessica, and Kevin, all of CA; and Karen of Marlborough MA, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 6 2022 at LifeCare Center of Acton. Sister to Loretta, sister-in-law to Barbara, sister-in-law to Eleanor, aunt, and friend to many. She was predeceased by her mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, her 5 older brothers and sisters as well as 4 brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.

Marian was a life-long Maynard resident, graduating from Maynard High School before moving on to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing in Brighton, MA earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked at Newton Wellesley Hospital as a Surgical Nurse for several years before moving on to Emerson Hospital in Concord MA, working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for over 30 years. During her years as a Nurse, she was also a devoted wife and mother. She and her husband moved to a home across the street from her parents’ home in Maynard and one mile away from her life-long best friend, her sister Retta, and Retta’s husband and children. Marian looked on Retta’s children and grandchildren as her own, holding them close throughout her life. She loved to watch their families grow and be a part of their lives. Marian was also devoted to her grandsons Rich and Kevin. She was so proud of Rich and the man that he became and loved Kevin more than words could describe. She loved her daughter-in-law Melinda and admired her intelligence and strength.

Marian and Dick were married for 63 years. She converted him into a Maynardian and they both enjoyed participating in local groups and other local activities. Both have been parishioners of St. Bridget’s Church for over 60 years.

She loved knitting and puzzles, was an avid reader of fiction, and enjoyed baking, especially her chocolate cake. No-one made it quite like her, even anyone that had the same recipe. She loved having family gatherings at her home with Retta’s family. Marian was Irish through and through and was able to make her lifelong dream of visiting Ireland a reality when she and Richard travelled there many years ago.

Even in the last few years of her life, when her memory and health were failing, her unique personality and strength came through loud and clear to anyone around her. She truly appreciated the care she received at LifeCare Center of Acton and talked about her caregivers often.

All are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, November 16th from 9-10:30 AM in the Acton Funeral Home 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will follow at 11:00AM in St. Bridget’s Church, 1 Percival Street, Maynard. Burial in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Great Road, Maynard.