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Bobbi Jo "B.J." Gross, age 59, of Faribault, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Reflections of Three Links Campus, Northfield.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Roberta, the daughter of Elmer and Jeanne (Shafer) Gross was born on September 1, 1952 in Mason City, Iowa. She was formerly employed by the Faribault Regional Center as a recreation therapist, Rust Consulting, Scott Painting all of Faribault, Kmart of Dundas and Seeds of Hope Daycare in Faribault. B. J. loved play time with children and friends, working with tools, camping, and singing with the Harmonettes. She enjoyed Snoopy, butterflies and penquins.

She is survived by her mother, Jeanne Gross of Lake Park, IA; one brother, Hadley Jay (and Barbara) Gross of Arvada, CO; two nephews Stephen Gross of Arvada, CO and Jimmy Munce of St. Louis, MO; one aunt, Joan Miller–Hoye of Lake Park, IA; one uncle, Robert (and Mary Ellen) Shafer of West Point, Utah; special individuals, Zoya, Julie and Amy Mund, William and Jillian Buffington, Ann Mund, Becky Bergmann, Jackie Hagel, Biz and Jeff Buffington; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer; her grandparents, Hadley and Gladys Shafer and Henry and Ida Gross; and a cousin, Michelle Shafer.


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Name: Jacquie (Greene)Mason
Email: jsmason@greteman.com
Date: Thursday July 26, 2012


Have kind of lost track of the Gross family over the years and was terribly saddened to read of B.J. (Beeb's) death. I was actually searching the internet for another Gross family for work here and saw her obit! In looking at her picture I can hear her laughter..it sounds like she was a valiant fighter...which would be so typical of her. Jean,Jay and family........our sympathies to you.

Name: Pam Mueller
Email: linpam@charter.net
Date: Friday April 06, 2012


I just saw in the paper that BJ had passed. I had lost contact with her in recent years but I worked closely with her at the Regional Center. I rememeber when Ann, BJ, Becky, Ann's sister and I went in the pop up camper to Colorado back in the 80's. First time I ever went to Colorado. I remember hanging out at her house she shared with Ann and later bought and the many good good times. RIP sweet Lady. Pam

Name: Brian Deney
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012


I remember Bobbie with fondness from our days at the Faribault Regional Center. She was very effective as an RT and an asset to the community that was FRC. Always had a smile for everyone. Loved by clients and staff alike. I am so sorry for your loss.

Name: Deanna Rohloff & family
Email: dsrohloff5@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012


My very first memories of BJ are I was a little girl sitting on there front step petting this beautiful dog ( Robbie ) and he peeed on me. Ann takes me into the house to wash me up and inside was BJ. I was this little girl not knowing who these new neighbors were and I felt so very welcome in there home. Ever since that day BJ has been in my life. She was there for me the day my sister was taken from the house her face was the first I seen that day her arms were the first that were wrapped around me on one of the hardest days of my life... BJ was an amazing neighbor but also a great friend. I will forever miss her shining smile next door.. We Love You BJ!!! The Rohloff's

Name: Connie Bongers
Date: Tuesday March 20, 2012


I was so saddened to learn of BJ's battle here a few months back. I worked several years with her at the Regional Center and have such fond memories of what a fun loving person she was. I have missed chatting with her at Kmart. I contributed to her "Snoopy" collection a few times; I couldn't help but think of her whenever I found something. The Snoopy flags that would hang outside of her house always made me smile. I also remember her for being a devoted Iowa Hawks fan; and of course her endless dedication to taking care of Zoya. She had such a big heart and always looked at the "bright side" of life; now the bright side will be hers forever. God Bless those left behind and bear the pain of this loss. Thank you for the memories BJ, you will be dearly missed.

Name: Donna Ferris and family
Email: mylittleman1977@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday March 20, 2012


B.J. has been an important part of our family. She has lived next door for 32 years. Us kids used to pull our wagon up her driveway and ride in it all the into ours and I remember her standing and watching us do this. Now she got to watch my kids do the samething. Chriztopher says that she was always a good person to him. We will always remember evenings playing in B.J. backyard or in my parents driveway. We will all love and miss her.

Name: Pat and Spencer Wilker
Email: swilker9017@charter.net
Date: Tuesday March 20, 2012


My daughter texted me this morning about BJ's death (we are out of town for the month of March). I am extremely saddened to hear about BJ's death even though I knew she has been fighting a valiant fight. I feel even worse that we won't be around to attend BJ's "celebration of life". BJ has been a long-time friend from FRC as well as playing softball and volleyball together (a few years ago I have to admit!). As I saw the pictures of BJ, I just had to smile because THAT is the way I remember her! Our thoughts and prayers are with all BJ's family and friends and we pray for peace to all!

Name: Pastor Tim Harmon
Email: harmont@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday March 20, 2012


I only have just arrived in Lake park as the Presbyterian pastor. My prayers for you all, especially Jeanne. May you feel Gods hand as He walks with you through this hard and tragic time.