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Mary Anne Grosz

November 12, 1926 — June 15, 2022

Our dear wife and mother, Mary Anne Grosz, sadly left us June 15, 2022, at the age of 95.

Mary Anne (Mary Anna) Gunderson was born November 12, 1926, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Nora and Ole Gunderson.  She died in the city she called home for over 70 years, Wahpeton, ND.

She lived a long and full life.  She was a kind and generous soul who was always there when we needed her.  Mary Anne had many friends and was a well-loved member of the community.

She graduated from Moorhead High School and then attended business school before working for an insurance company and other businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

She married William J. “Bill” Grosz on August 28, 1950, in Moorhead, Minnesota.  In 1951, they moved to Wahpeton, ND, where Bill managed and later owned the Wahpeton Drug Company.

Mary Anne was fully engaged in the Wahpeton Community.  She served in numerous capacities for Bethel Lutheran Church including Ladies Aid, Circle, and many special church occasions such as the Annual Lutefisk-Meatball dinner.  As a true Scandinavian and member of the Sons of Norway, she thoroughly enjoyed the odor of lutefisk as it suffused the fellowship hall and the rest of the church.  She was a member of PEO, Eastern Star, The American Red Cross, and the American Legion Auxiliary.  Her pride and joy was the shoe store she owned and operated on Dakota Avenue called “Mary Anne’s for Shoes” at a time when few businesses were owned and operated by women.

Mom, your great examples of sharing a family story, a laugh, tending a rose garden, reading a great book, or making music on the piano or organ are in our souls and will never be forgotten.

Blessed to be together in life for 72 years, Mary Anne is survived by her beloved husband Bill; her son Judge Richard Grosz; daughter Rebecca Ann (Robert) Heilman; grandchildren Nora (Keaton) Laymon, Justin (Jenny) Grosz, Cassie (Jaden) Van Den Eide; great-grandchildren Tate, Madison, Caitlin, Lincoln, Wyatt, Creed, Kolby, and Kallissa.

She was preceded in death by her son, Craig David Grosz.

Interment will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the Fargo National Cemetery, 8709 40th Avenue North, County Road 20, Harwood, ND 58042.

Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, ND, has been entrusted with arrangements.  The family requests that any memorials be made to a charity of your choice.

~I have peace and will live in memory~

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