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YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be conducted by Rabbi Franklin W. Muller on Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Congregation Rodef Sholom Cemetery Chapel for Ruth L. Gross, 102, who passed away Thursday evening at the Heritage Manor Jewish Home for the Aged.

Mrs. Gross was born Jan. 12, 1912, in Farrell, Pa., and was a daughter of Morris and Esther Berkowitz. She moved to Detroit as a young adult, moved to California in her later years and came to the Youngstown area in 2000.

Mrs. Gross, along with her husband, Leonard, owned and operated Brightmoor Retail Variety Store in Detroit for many years. She was a member of the Congregation Rodef Sholom, a very active community volunteer and served as a fund raiser with the Northwest Child Rescue in Detroit. She loved to travel and dance and was a wonderful friend to so many people.

Mrs. Gross leaves to cherish her memory, her son, J. Michael Gross of Boardman; daughter-in-law, Inez Heal of Liberty Township; grandchildren, Dr. Joseph (Janet) Baytosh, Kenneth (Annette) Baytosh, Barbara Baytosh, Diane Baytosh, David Baytosh, Jennifer Grafton, Jeremy Baytosh and Sara Heal; six great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Solomon.

Beside her husband, Leonard D. Gross, whom she married Jan. 3, 1944, and who passed away Oct. 30, 1980, Mrs. Gross was preceded in death by a daughter, Gale Baytosh; two sisters; and a brother.

Material contributions may be made to Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., Youngstown, OH 44505 or Heritage Manor, 517 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504 or to the donor’s favorite charity

The family will receive relatives and friends from 10:30 a.m. Thursday until the time of the service at the cemetery chapel.

Condolences and thoughts may be sent to the family by our website

Arrangements by the McCauley Funeral Home – serving the Valley for more than 112 years!

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“Sorry did not know she was a wonderful lady, as a volunteer I saw her many times my sympathies to the whole family”

 » Daniel Malkin on April 19, 2014

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