BUCKSPORT – Alice May (Lozier) Gross, 83, died peacefully on April 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving children and their families. She was born Dec. 30, 1930 to Stafford Lozier and Gertrude (Hustus) Lozier.
Alice drove the mail route from Bucksport to Penobscot for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. Often she was accompanied by her granddaughter on weekends, stopping at various places and laughing with friends along the way. She enjoyed camping at Matagamon Campground and tending several gatehouses in Baxter State Park with her beloved husband, Toar Gross. Alice looked forward to spring, as she cherished gardening and fostering her tulip garden. She took pleasure in her bountiful flowers, but more so, enjoyed her several grandchildren and great-grandchildren picking the flowers and bringing them to her. She enjoyed ceramics, crafts and making flower arrangements as well. Often her ceramic elves could be seen throughout her flower gardens. Throughout the years, Alice took her grandchildren on many adventures. She took them to see Andre the seal. She took them on picnics and spoiled them with kindness, love and words of enrichment. She taught them the importance of laughter.
Family and friends were very important to her. Alice is survived by one brother, Jack and wife, Marlene Lozier of Bucksport. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Phyllis Gross of Orland. She is survived by children, Rodney and Claudeane Gross of Orland, Roland and Pat Gross of Searsport, Glenn and Judy Findlay, Scott and Kathy Findlay, both of Bucksport and William and Juli Gross of Charleston, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Chifford “Toar” Gross, son, Terry Gross, daughters, Jane Bouchard, Norma Drew and Joyce Shorey.
Along with her family, Alice had many special friends. She delivered meals to seniors as part of the Meals on Wheels Organization along with her special friend Jane Hopkins. Often times, the two would find themselves at hunch or at the farmers market, laughing and reminiscing about childhood days. We will all recall her dearest and most beloved friends, Robert and Marilyn Tapley of Penobscot. Often times people would mistake the two ladies for sisters. The fondest memories between these friends will be safeguarded in their hearts and preserved in the minds of their children.
A graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Alice’s name may be made to the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1727, Bucksport, ME 04416. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services. mitchelltweedie-young.com