Nicholas M. DeGross, age 77 of Annandale, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at his home in Corinna Township.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale with Fr. Victor Valencia celebrating the mass. Burial will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at North Corinna Cemetery, Annandale. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service, Thursday, both at the church. Memorials are preferred to Camp Friendship. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.
Nicholas Mathias DeGross was born September 15, 1933 in Lakeville to Joseph and Rose (Welter) DeGross. He graduated from Farmington High School with the class of 1951 and furthered his education in plumbing at St. Paul Vocational College. On September 6, 1952, Nick was united in marriage to Goldie Rose at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Farmington. Together, they lived in Lakeville until moving to Annandale in 1999. Nick worked as a plumber for most of his career at Richfield Plumbing. He was a former member of All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, a current active member at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, and a member of the Clearwater Lions Club and Annandale Snowmobile Club. Nick served on the Pastoral council at All Saints Catholic Church, served on the Lakeville City Sewer and Water Council and was an active volunteer at Camp Friendship. He enjoyed farming, traveling, gardening and gathering with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Goldie; Children and their spouses Rosemarie & David Midtvedt of Penn Valley, CA, Janine & Richard Inman of Brookings, SD, Timothy DeGross & Jody Braun of League City, TX, Brenda Gillitzer & Robert Skinner of Eden Prairie, Thomas DeGross & Rachel Redmond of Elko-New Market, Barbara & Robert Alander of Henderson and David & Julie DeGross of Webster; sisters, Leola Frame of Cannon Falls, Cecilia Belter of Winona, Josephine & Rodney Lind of Cannon Falls, Mary & Charles Schafer of Hampton, Rosemary Orndorf of Burnsville, Delores & Clyde Millerbernd of Vining, Marlene & Jerry Millerbernd of Lakeville and Elaine Rossow of Cottage Grove; sister in law Yvonne DeGross of Spring Valley, WI; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rose DeGross and brother, Peter.
Pallbearers will be Timothy, Thomas, David, Nicholas and Dylan DeGross, Luke Inman, Jamison Gillitzer and Sean Alander. Honorary pallbearers will be David Adlemann and Larry Greene. St. Ignatius Music Ministry will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.