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July 10, 1949 – August 11, 2022
Norbert “Norb” Franz Gros, age 73, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on August 11, 2022.
Norb was born in Oberlahnstein, Germany on July 10, 1949, to Josef Gros and Dorothea Gros (Henscheid). Norb is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ronda Gros, children, Tina (Andrew) Hartman, Jennifer (Brian) Cooke, Nicholas (Amber) Gros, Ronda (Michael) Nix, Joshua (Gail) Lindemann and nieces Michelle (Doug) Tillet and Carla (Russell) Reynolds. Norb is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Christa (David) Smail.
At the age of 4, Norb, along with his parents and sister, immigrated to America on the MS Stockholm, arriving in New York. The family settled with relatives in North College Hill, Ohio with German as their primary language. Norb attended St. Margaret Mary Grade School and Aiken High School. Norb owned the Maple Leaf Tavern near the corner of Galbraith & Betts Roads where his gregarious personality entertained the North College Hill locals and where he made many friends. Norb spent the rest of his career as a Master Electrician and business owner until his retirement. Norb was an avid gardener and a master of the napkin rose. He was known by his signature frownie face to his closest friends and family. Norb was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Memorial donations can be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati at https://hospiceofcincinnati.org/donate/. The family will provide details on a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
“We are so blessed to have known Norb for the last dozen years. We have so many great memories of fun times spent with Norb. And definitely some good “life” conversations. He had an amazing life with experiences most of us could ever imagine, so hearing about those was always a welcome conversation. We learned so much from Norb. We will miss him so much! And will miss seeing him going down the street past our house and getting a gentle wave from him. We had some great vacations together too! Norb had a big heart. We will miss all the Norb-isms. Forever in our hearts! ❤️❤️ Love you Norbie, may you have eternal peace.”