In memory of

   Joseph Tross



Joseph Nehemiah Tross, passed away on July 5, 2009 at the age of 80. Joseph was born in Cuba on July 7, 1928 to Victor and Ellen Tross and was the fourth of seven children. As a young boy he worked odd jobs to help support the household after his father passed away at an early age. This was the beginning of his lifelong journey which was paved with hard work and determination. On June 27, 1956 he married Virginia G. Sinclair and in 1960 they left their native land in search of new and better opportunities for their family. Arriving in New York with one penny in his pocket, Joseph worked hard wherever he could find work, sometimes working several jobs at a time until he successfully purchased a multi-family home which eventually would house several family members whose arrival from Cuba he helped to facilitate. With urging from a close family friend, he eventually moved his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he made his home until his passing in 2009. Joseph, also known as "Joe" to many, retired from the Kent Intermediate School District after 30 years of service but retirement for Joseph meant starting up his own lawn service, trash hauling and snow removal services, vegetable gardening and volunteering with various organizations including several food truck distribution initiatives within the city. Joe also took pride in being an American. He passionately participated in local electoral processes by exercising his right to vote and by working in the polling stations during general elections. Joe was also well-known for being able to quote the Bible from memory. He was actively involved in the Seventh Day Adventist church since his youth and died with the faith that one day he would reunite with his family and friends in the second coming of the Lord. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Virginia G. Tross, two brothers and three sisters. Joe is survived by his children, Jose Tross, Rodolfo (Julie) Tross and Lydia Sinclair-Tross; nine grandchildren, Jose L. (Erika) Tross, Sonya Sueing, Loren Tross, William (CB) Morgan, Brandon Tross, Lee Tross, Erica Tross, Anthony Tross and Marlena Morgan and one great grandson, Andrew Tross. He will also be missed by a host of other family members, church family, lifelong friends and other acquaintances.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 10th at the Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church (700 Burton St. SE) beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Lot Location -- Old Rugged Cross 126 D #3

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