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Kathleen Rita (Welborn) Gruss

February 8, 1942 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Kathleen Gruss Obituary

Kathleen R. “Kathy” Gruss, 81, of Tiffin, Ohio passed away on Thursday October 26, 2023 at her home.

Kathy was born on February 8, 1942 to Lowell and Martha (Mathias) Welborn, who proceeded her in death.

Kathy married Robert (Bob) Gruss on May 30, 1964 at St Boniface Parish, New Riegel, Ohio.

Kathy is survived by her loving family, including sons, Gary O. Gruss and Scott A. Gruss, and daughter, Jill S. Gruss, all of Tiffin; grandchildren, Sarah (Corey) Ruth of Chicago, Kathryn (Joshua) Nagel of Attica, Erin (John) Henschke of Tiffin, Brian (Olivia) Gruss of Tiffin, Kayce Clouse of Tiffin, William Clouse of Tiffin and Justin Gruss of Tiffin; great grandchildren, Jameson Ruth; Bennett, Blake and Hadley Nagel;  Emersyn, Gannon and Warner Henschke; and Weston Gruss.  She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (Dwain) Hohman of Ottawa; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gruss; brothers, Carl and Robert Welborn; sister, Thelma Eddington; daughter-in-law, Samantha Gruss; and step grandson, Bryan Nickelson.

As a life-long seamstress, Kathy was the owner of The Cloth Gallery and over the years, made hundreds of custom wedding and prom dresses. She was also a bartender at the New Riegel Moose and worked at Tiffin Hardware. After her retirement, she made over 200 T-Shirt quilts.

Kathy was an avid Calvert supporter, cheering on her children and grandchildren in various sports. She loved to travel especially to Las Vegas, Florida and Montego Bay, Jamaica. But her perfect day would be sitting on her deck with a glass of wine or playing cards with family and friends.

Kathy graduated from New Riegel High School in 1960 and was a long-time member of the New Riegel and Tiffin Moose and The Knights of Columbus.

A special thanks to Brenda Cook for years of care, love, and laughter.

Her Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, October 30, 2023 at All Saints Parish, New Riegel with Rev. Timothy Kummerer officiating.  A Rosary will be prayed 30 minutes prior to Mass.  Burial will follow in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family from 1-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvert Alumni Association, Calvert Athletic Boosters or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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October 29, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory
236 S. Washington St.
Tiffin, OH 44883

Funeral Mass
October 30, 2023

10:00 AM
All Saints Parish, New Riegel
41 North Perry Street
New Riegel, Ohio 44853


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