Mary E. Gross (nee Gest), 70, of Grafton, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Hospice Services of Southwest General following a prolonged battle with cancer. Mary was born in Lodi on July 13, 1948 to William and Vernie Gest (nee Snyder). She lived most of her life in this area.
She retired from Keystone Local School District as a guidance counselor. Mary was a member of Belden United Methodist, where she served as a lay speaker and Sunday School teacher.
She is survived by her husband, Christ Gross to whom she was married 23 years; sons, Michael (Deborah) Schmidt and David (Bonnie Jo) Schmidt; grandchildren, Jayq (Kate) Schmidt, Brad Schmidt and Randi Schmidt; great-grandchild, Jayq Schmidt, Jr. and brother, William (Carolyn) Gest.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Schmidt and her parents, William and Vernie Gest (nee Snyder).
The family will receive friends Friday, May 24, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57), Elyria, (440) 322-4626. Services will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Belden United Methodist Church, 36130 St. Rt. 303, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be forwarded to Belden United Methodist Church, 36130 St. Rt. 303, Grafton, OH 44044.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.laubenthalmercado.com