TUPPER LAKE - Edmund Grose, 96, of Tupper Lake, beloved husband of the late Janet Mitchell Grose, died peacefully at Adirondack Medical Center-Uihlein on March 1, 2012. He was born February 15, 1916, in Scranton, Pa., the son of Edmund L. and Grose and Catherine (Hean) Grose.
Following high school graduation in 1934, Edmund enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 35th Infantry Unit stationed at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. Edmund was honorably discharged in 1939 at the rank of Corporal. He then moved to New York City where he was employed at Beth-El Hospital and the East River Savings Bank until being called back to active duty on Dec. 20, 1941. He served in St. John, Newfoundland and Greenland as part of the Army Air Corps unit deployed to locate enemy submarines during World War II. Edmund spent 17 months in Greenland before returning to the States. While still on active duty, Edmund married Janet Mitchell on Feb. 10, 1945, at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged in November 1945, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He and his wife Janet then relocated to New York City where they met. In 1950, they moved to Janet's hometown of Tupper Lake. Edmund was employed by the Sunshine Store, the Tupper Lake National Bank, and the Harold Nichols Insurance Agency, from which he retired.
Edmund served as a Tupper Lake village trustee and was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church Parish Council for many years. He was an avid reader, flower gardener, New York Giants fan, and devoted follower of current events. Above all, he was a kind and affable man who loved his family and always had a smile and a cheerful greeting for everyone he met.
Edmund was predeceased by three brothers: Donald, George and William Grose; and three stepbrothers: James, Robert and Jack McCarrick. He is survived by three daughters: Carol Merrihew (Tim) of Tupper Lake, Catherine Grose of Latham, and Deborah Usher (Michael) of Glastonbury, Conn.; five grandchildren: Eric Short (Michelle) of Gardner, Mass., Trevor Short (Casie) of Leominster, Mass., Noelle Short of Long Lake, Kelly Usher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Shannon Usher of Amherst, Mass.; and two great-grandchildren; Benjamin and Drew Short, sons of Eric (Michelle) Short.
Calling hours will be held at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Tuesday followed by a reception at Carol and Tim Merrihew's home in Tupper Lake. Burial with military honors will be at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery, Tupper Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, PO Box 840, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or the Tri-Lakes humane society in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.