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GROSS, Sidney (Sorsen)

GROSS, Sidney (Sorsen)

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, KenTon 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. Online condolences at

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