Nicholas Mathias DeGross

Born: Fri., Sep. 15, 1933
Died: Sun., Jun. 5, 2011


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 08, 2011
Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Church

Prayer Service

7:00 PM Wed., Jun. 08, 2011
Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Church


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jun. 09, 2011
Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Thu., Jun. 09, 2011
Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Church

Graveside Service

8:30 PM Thu., Jun. 09, 2011
Location: North Corinna Cemetery

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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.

Charitable donations may be made in Nicholas's memory to the following organization:

Friendship Ventures
Friendship Ventures' mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, their families and other caregivers by providing services that educated and support individuals in achieving the highest level of self-worth, independence and participation in their community. They opperate Camp Friendship in Annandale, Eden Wood Center in Eden Prairie and Camp New Hope in McGregor.
10509 - 108th St. NW; Annandale, MN 55302
Tel: 952-852-0101

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Stanley & Hazel Johnson
   Posted Sun June 05, 2011
Just wanted to say to our friend Goldie, we feel really bad for you for such a loss.

Nick will be missed a lot by many of your friends. Including Stan and myself.

We will always remember all the great times with you and Nick.

You take care and God Bless you and all the rest of the family. Stan and Hazel

Cindy Meyers
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. He was one of the best! I remember him faithfully taking care of Grandma's home and yard for 20 years (not many people are that devoted) and so many other wonderful things he did - including being such a great husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be missed. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him. Amen

   Posted Mon June 06, 2011

He may no longer be with us but his teachings, memories, and his hard work still stands today. Be that in his house on the hill or at the local camp he loved to work at so much.

The new comers to our family may never know him, but he lives on still thu us today. Teachings are never forgotten, the ones he has helped will still be grateful, and we will never for get him.

Dave, Lisa, Nick and Kelli Stifter
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
I cannot even find the words to tell you how greatly he will be missed. He was a wonderful man and all of you can be so lucky for the life you had with him. He was a great person that would do anything for anyone. We hold him and all of you in our hearts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and may you find comfort in one another and all the friends that are here to support you at this time.

John, Mona and Naomi Volden
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Goldie - our prayers are with you and your family. This is such a sad time for all those that Nick left behind. He was a wonderful man and a blessing for our community. We know he is smiling down on us from heaven with his constant smile - but we are sad to no longer have him in our midst and know you will miss him greatly. We were so lucky to have known him. The Volden''s

Mark & Terry Jensen
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Hi Goldie,
Mark and I knew Nick was a "super"man and a child of God the minute we met him and saw his little badge/pin with the Christian cross - that he always wore. In his life he set an example of how a man should live with Christianity at the top of importance in his life. He will truly be missed by us earthly bound (for now) Christians. Love you Goldie.
Terry (& Mark)

Susan Bubany and Tom Riebe
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011

We are so sorry for you loss. Tom and I think a great deal of both of you and will miss Nick. Our prayers are with you.

Tom and Susan

Jerry & Lisa Middagh
   Posted Mon June 06, 2011
Goldie & Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hope you can find courage and strength in the wonderful memories that Nick has left you with. He touched so many hearts and lives in so many ways. He was a wonderful, caring person who will be missed by many. I just know that
he is watching over us and saying don''t be sad, just remember "Life is Good."

With sympathy,
Jerry & Lisa

   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
My little Giant went out with a smile, trusting in the good Lord all the way.
He touched so many in his own special way knowing at the end of the day he loved all he could.
He pointed to God to his family and friends and leaned on his faith right up to the end. Whenever we got together he''d say,
..."Life is Good, keep smiling, tomorrow’s another day"
Daddy, I wouldn’t want it any other way, you lived life and taught us how to live it too!
Love You,

Clyde and Deloris
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Goldie and Family
Our sympathy is with you. Brother Nick was a real trooper. We are sure he will be a great help up there. He''''ll be watching over you and your family.
He was a real treasurer with a heart of gold.
Our prayers and sympathy, Clyde and Deloris

Jerry and Judy Bowdin
   Posted Tue June 07, 2011
Many great memories from snowmobile club get-togethers, trips and other parties since back in the 1980''s....time flies!! nick and goldie are great friends!! we will miss him greatly. goldie--PLEASE feel free to call us anytime for any help or if you just need someone to talk to.....we care so much about you.....sincerely Jerry and Judy Bowdin

goldie--i will cherish the american flag and cross pin that nick gave to me!!!!!! i am so sorry to hear the sad news about nick. please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.....Jodi Bowdin

Don & Rose Mary Nelson
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Nick will be very missed in our community of friends. He was such a terrfic guy. He always took time to visit with us to see what was happening in our world. He was always in a good mood and you could tell that everyone that came in touch with Nick felt better after just visiting with him for a couple minutes. He made our world a better place. Our prayers go out to Goldie and the entire family. I know God has his loving arms wrapped around him and he is saying "this Nick is a saint"!

Tim & Becky McGuire
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Nick was truly one of a kind. We have such great memories of him especially singing all the old songs. He was wonderful, kind, loving man.

ed hammer
   Posted Wed June 08, 2011
goldie, family, spouses my deepest sympathy of your loss sorry i will not be able to attend his celebration of nicks life on thursday . will be thinking of you god bless ed hammer lakeville mn.

Ginny Flicek
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Dear Goldie,
Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your wonderful family right now and will keep you all in my prayers. It was wonderful to see you all yesterday, only wish I could of made the time to do it at a different, happier time. Funny how time slips away. You have a remarkable family. Just hearing from them, I can tell and always knew what a remarkable man Nick was. Your children, grandchildern and great-grandchildern where truely blessed to have him in their lives. He will continue to be with them through the life lessons he passed on to them. I know you all have many happy memories.
Also, I wanted to share with you that my happiest times/memories at Grandma & Grandpa''s farm was when I heard Uncle Nick''s truck come or heard someone say, "Nick''s here!" Now having a family of my own, I know what a sacrifice that was for you and your children when they were young. He spent alot of hours working very hard on the farm after his job and week-ends. Even then, I remember him smiling, humming & singing!!

Dear Nick, Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.
Love to you all and God''''s Blessings,

Darlene Menke
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Goldie and family, My heart and mind is wth all of you today as I feel so bad I cannot be there. My prayers and thoughts will be there all day. As I look at the clock here in AZ and think about what you are doing each minute. I feel your pain and sorrow as I recall those hours. I am so sorry for your loss and I know he will be missed by so many but never as much as you will miss him. You have such strong faith and I hope that someday you can look back and say Thank you Lord for taking him in such a peaceful way. Thank you Lord for letting me share him with you for 58 years and its okay. God Bless all of you.

Lorraine Benson/Art Sayler
   Posted Thu June 09, 2011
Goldie & Family, Our hearts & prayers are with each & every one of you at this time of grieving.
We have such fond memories from ALL our many fun parties, Nick has been quite the LEADER of the pac to all of us. He will be greatly missed ,but, Nick would want all of us to move on & be strong, helpful,& as loving & giving as he has been to each of his many friends & family. We know he will be watching over you Goldie & family. Remember God only gives you what he knows you can handle! You learned from the best, now show him just how strong you all can be. Our love to all. Lorraine & Art

Jaynee Inman
   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
My Dearest Grandpa,

The way you touched my heart and the impact you had on my life no one will ever know. That was one of the most wonderful things about you though; that you touched so many people in this world weather it was something big or small- volunteering or just a simple warm smile, you made people feel important, special, loved, and cared for. I know you are in a better place, I just wish you did not have to leave so soon. I know that you do not want an extended amount of sadness over your loss because we will see again one day and you are happily looking down on everyone you loved, but my heart is so broken Grandpa knowing I cannot tell you how much I love you in the flesh ever again. Thank you for making every single holiday so special, especially Christmas! Thank you for instilling in me the value of life, great morales, and the importance of having a relationship with Christ. I will instill in my children what you have instilled and taught me. You always put family first. I am so thankful and lucky that I had you for a Grandpa!




   Posted Fri June 10, 2011
My Dear Grandpa,
While I was not prepared for this in the least, I am incredibly blessed to have been able to spend 27 amazing years learning from you. You taught us all how to love, be selfless, follow in Christ, and live life! You were a Saint to all of us, but to see and hear stories of the hundreds of people you touched (from best friends to people who had just met you) made you even more Saintly. If I can touch even a few people in the way you did, I would feel accomplished; I will keep this as my mission.

I loved the fact that you loved the people around you so much that you would easily find a reason to throw a party! Every single Holiday was special, and that is because you made it so. While I know that the holidays will never be the same without you there, we are committed to continue to all get together, often, and sometimes just to throw a party!

You left behind big boots to fill, but all 40 of us kids, grand kids and great-grandkids will work passionately to continue your passions and make you proud.

We are so proud of you! And are blessed to be able to call you Grandpa! And I will keep smiling because that is what you told me to do; and because that it was makes life worth living! :)

I love you!

Harry Ross--Farmington
   Posted Sat June 11, 2011
Sorry about your loss Nick was a great man and I think of both of you every Christmas Eve when I see childrens Toys.

Lyle Kuehn
   Posted Sun June 12, 2011
Goldie & family: We were deeply saddened to hear of Nick''''s passing. Knowing him for over 40 years, I considered him a good friend. He always was happy and joking when he came in the store. He will be greatly missed. Lyle Kuehn

Linden Frank
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
Tim and Janine,
I offer my deepest sympathies to you, your brother and sisters and your mom. This is a great loss. Your father was quite a man, loving and giving to all. Again, my deepest sympathies for all of you.

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