Sidney S. Gross

GROSS - Sidney (nee Sorsen)


Died peacefully at Canterbury Woods


in Williamsville, NY on March 25, 2017


at the age of 85. She was the beloved


wife of Roger Gross, who survives


her. Born in Evanston, IL, she was the


devoted mother of four sons: Stephen


(Mei Yan) of Cupertino, CA, Peter


(Kathryn) of Charlotte, NC, Barrett (Pamela)


of San Jose, CA and Thomas


(Mary) of Kalaheo, HI. She was sister


to Spencer L. Sorsen, who pre-deceased


her. She is also survived by


seven grandchildren, one great grandchild,


three nieces and two nephews.


She studied fine arts at Syracuse


University where she was a member


of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, finishing


her degree after raising her children at


Empire State College in 1975. Sidney


met her husband at Syracuse and


was married in 1951, after which they


moved to Buffalo, NY. They moved to


Connecticut in 1979, and returned to


Buffalo after 30 years in New London


and Mystic. While in Buffalo, she apprenticed


and worked as a goldsmith


for Orrin L. Becker. She was a member


of the Junior League of Buffalo, Ken-


Ton School System's Superintendent's


Cabinet and School System Redesign


Committee and was active with Buffalo


World Hospitality. During her years in


Mystic she continued as a goldsmith,


creating custom pieces on commission.


She served as Chairman of the


Historic District Commission, and was


active with the Mystic Library. She


and Roger traveled through much of


the world including England, western


Europe and Turkey, most of South


America, and the western Pacific including


China, Japan, Thailand and


New Zealand. A memorial service is


planned for 10 AM Monday, June 12,


2017 at North Presbyterian Church,


300 N. Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY.


Memorials may be made to Mystic Noank


Library, 40 Library Street, Mystic,CT 06355.