Carol Grace Ross

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.


  1. May our dear friend Carol Rest In Peace with Arnold forever. Our condolences to Steve, Laura, and Sheila and their families. As we remember the holiday dinners we shared in Dickinson and League City, and beach/fishing vacations.

    George And Becky Barnett
    • Thank you! Miss those times. Mom and Dad were so lucky to have met such wonderful friends when we moved to Texas!

    • George and Becky,
      Thank you for the kind words. We had a good time down in South Padre Island. I have never cleaned so many trout! Wish you the best.

      Steven M Ross
  2. Carol & Arnold were the best friends you could have. They were very much involved in many community and Union Carbide activities. They always took their friends along for the ride. God bless!

    Graham Painter
    • Graham – I know they treasured their friendship with you and Sue. So many good times and I know you have many stories to tell! Take care and keep in touch.


      Laura Krupala
    • Graham, thank you very much. I know mom and dad really enjoyed having you and Sue as good friends. I miss the fishing with you and my dad. I have a text from you that you were writing Storyworth articles. Please share if possible.

      Steven Ross
  3. Arnold and Carol are once again together again. My sympathy to Steve, Laura, Sheila and their families. I will always have fond memories of Arnold and Carol. Blessings to the Ross family.

    Ellen Osterhaus
  4. Sheila and family,
    Sorry for your loss. She has once again joined your Father. Enjoy your memories.
    Cheryl Harvey

    Cheryl Harvey
  5. Carol and Arnold were kind, loving, giving people. It was a pleasure to know them. We know she will be missed by her family. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Angie & Steve Pavlicek

    Angie and Steve Pavlicek
  6. To the family of Carol,
    So very sorry for your loss. I remember the times when they would come to Iowa for reunions. Having everyone together was always so much fun. Your Dad, Arnold and Carol will certainly be missed. Know that you are not alone in your loss, My Mother, Delores Eick Tracy died on October 29th. She was the oldest daughter of Evelyn and Ed Ommen. It truly is a comfort knowing we will all be together again someday!
    Thinking of you during this difficult time. . . .
    This message comes from Becky Feddler too!

    Judy Liddle
  7. Such a rich life with a wake of beautiful memories. Hoping you find comfort in those memories and knowing she’s with Arnold again. Peace.

    The Napoli Family, Alison, Sophia, & Mike

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