Olinda Gross, 94, of Washington, Kan., died Friday, May 30, 2014 at her home. Visitation was Monday, June 2, from noon to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Washington. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral service was at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linn. Rev. Tom Sahl officiated. Anita Singular played the organ while the congregation sang “Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me”, “A Mighty Fortress” and “He Leadeth Me.” Pallbearers were Bobby Martin, Jeffrey Gross, Travis Kreifels, Gary Gravis Grant Gravis and Gene Martin. Burial was in the church cemetery. Olinda was born on July 29, 1919, in Barton County, Kan., to Alexander and Catherine (Eichman) Schultz. She moved to Linn in high school and lived with her sister. In 1939, she graduated from Linn High School. On September 8, 1940, she married Merle Gross at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington, Kan. They lived and farmed near Linn and moved to Washington in 1984. Olinda was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ladies Aide and taught Sunday school. She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to card clubs in Washington. Olinda also liked to crochet, do crafts and quilt. She raised a garden and would can the produce. She liked to cook, bake and make chocolate angel food cakes. She was preceded in death by her parents; and twelve siblings, Alexander David Schultz, Victor Schultz, Millie Bitter, Katie Schultz, Mollie Schultz, Agatha Juergenson, Marie Schultz, Emanuel Schultz, Fred Schultz, Rosie Popp, Ted Schultz and Hilda Podszus. Survivors include her husband, Merle; daughter, Myrna (Bill) Skrabal, Washington; son, Ronald (Loeda) Gross, Salina; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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