Charlotte “Ellen” Grosse-Rhode
September 20, 1934 – October 21, 2023
Charlotte “Ellen” Grosse-Rhode, passed away on October 21, 2023 at the age of 89. On September 20, 1934, Ellen was born to Tom and Ann Adams in Boscobel, WI. Throughout her childhood her family moved around quite a bit. They landed in Omaha where she attended Cathedral High School.
After graduating, Ellen married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth Grosse-Rhode. Together they had 14 children, 9 girls and 5 boys. Ellen spent her time not only raising 14 children but supporting Ken in his business endeavors. Due to Ken’s sudden death (tragic hunting accident 48 yrs ago), she was forced to finish raising the 13 of the 14 children on her own. Ellen went on to graduate from the College of Saint Mary’s in 1985 with a business degree and Magna Cum Laude distinction.
Faith was very important to Ellen so she was an active volunteer at each parish she was a member of. One of her favorite things to do was being a money counter on Sundays. She worked for the Archdiocese of Omaha as business manager and helped arrange events for the Diocese. Ellen loved to travel and was fortunate enough to see many parts of the world including New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Japan and the United States. Annual trips to Wisconsin were top of her list of summer destinations as she always loved to visit her only sister Mary Ann. Ellen was an avid reader and could always be found with a book in her hands. Her other loves were walking daily, spending time with her grandkids and praying the rosary. But if it was a Saturday in the fall you could find her watching the Huskers and will forever be known as an avid Husker fan.
Charlotte Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, parents Tom and Ann Adams, parents-in-law Tony and Blanche Grosse-Rhode, brother Tom Adams, sister Mary Ann Dempsey, grandsons Drew Soukup and Braxton Zimmer.
Ellen is survived by her brother, Jim (Diane) Adams; sister-in-law, Kathy Adams; daughters: Theresa (David) Mooney, Annette (Mark) McColley, Denise (Richard) Soukup, Lisa (Kenneth) Soukup, Lori (John) Unger, Chris (Mike) Lehr, Angela (Tom) Triplett, Jill Grosse-Rhode, Katina Van Cleave; sons: Steve (Julie) Grosse-Rhode, Jerry (Janet) Grosse-Rhode, Bernard (Deb) Grosse-Rhode, Rob (Kim) Grosse-Rhode and Chad (Kori) Grosse-Rhode; 37 grandkids, 52 great-grandkids; 2 great-great-grandkids; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family will receive friends Friday, October 27th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at West Center Chapel with a Vigil Service at 7PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, October 28th, 9:00AM at St. Cecilia Cathedral
Interment: Holy Sepulchre
Memorials may be directed to St. Cecilia Cathedral