Carol Grace Ross, 87, of Dickinson, Texas passed away on November 2, 2021. Carol was born August 14, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to parents Waldemar Clarence and LauraKrause Gadicke and stepmother Florence Hahn Gadicke. She was baptized in Sherman Park Lutheran Church. One month after graduating from Rufus King High school in January 1953, she enlisted in the US Navy as a WAVE. Upon completion of Boot Camp in Bainbridge, Maryland, she was sent to Great Lakes, Illinois for 3 months of training and then assigned to the naval hospital in San Diego, California. She met her husband Arnold Otto Ross 5 months later at a party on his ship the USS Sperry. She was reassigned in 1954 to the USN hospital at Great Lakes in 1954. In 1956 Carol was honorably discharged as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. She was awarded National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Carol and Arnold were married on December 3rd, 1955 at Sherman Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Carol continued to work at Great Lakes as a government secretary until August 1956 when they moved to Ames, Iowa for Arnold to start his college education at Iowa State University. Carol worked at Bourn’s Laboratories and had two children while maintaining a three room barracks type WWII vintage home available to GI’s.
Carol was a devoted Christian and member of Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas for 40+ years. She taught Sunday school and Bible school, volunteered in the Church kitchen and sang in the Church Choir. She volunteered to teach reading in the Dickinson School district. She was a long time member of the Dickinson Garden Club and loved to play Bridge with her Bridge Club. Her favorite travels were in Europe. She researched her family genealogy and found a few cousins who lived in Berlin and Germany.
Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband Arnold Ross; parents Waldemar and Laura; stepmother Florence, and brother Ralph Gadicke and his wife Marilyn.
Left to cherish her amazing memories are her children, son Steven Ross and wife Patricia of Houston, daughter Laura Krupala and husband Russell of Cat Springs, and daughter Sheila Brose and husband Brad of Houston; grandchildren Austin Christopher Ross and wife Marissa of Many, Louisiana, Kyle James Brose of Houston, and Samantha Jo Brose of Houston as well as many other family members and friends.
A funeral service for Carol will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery.