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11.17.17 Issue

Gerald Seamon Gross passed away peacefully on Nov. 5 at age 101 and with the strength and dignity with which he lived his entire life. He was blessed with good health until shortly before his death. Services were held on Nov. 8 in the Epstein Chapel at Beth El Cemetery, 84th and L St.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Osoff Gross.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Irv Green of Denver and son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Marjorie Gross; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Ed Malashock.

A native Omahan, Jerry was born on Aug.28, 1916. He was the son of Mollie and Jacob Gross and spent many of his formative years at J. A, Gross Grocery, his family’s store. A graduate of Central High School, Jerry then attended the University of Nebraska and was a well-known businessman heading up both Osoff’s Hardware and, later, Regal Awards. An avocational and all-around craftsman, Jerry charmed many of the waitstaff in Omaha’s finest restaurants with rings he made out of dollar bills, maintaining his expertise in origami until well into his nineties. In 1938, Jerry married the love of his life, the former Pearl Osoff, and together they raised two children, traveled the world and made rich and lasting friendships. They were married for 72 years, until Pearl’s death in 2011.

Memorials may be made to the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society.