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Luise Z. Gross

December 1, 1935February 18, 2021

The family of Luise Zachmann Gross mourns the loss of a beautiful soul. Mommy to her four daughters, Oma to seven grandchildren, friend to many, and Luise to the world. At the age of 85, Luise passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT following a brief battle with cancer. She was born to the late Reinhold Zachmann and Stephanie Zachmann on December 1, 1935, in Romania and immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1956. Luise has been a lifelong resident of Danbury, Connecticut.

Luise, a mother, and homemaker was always teaching with a lesson, story, or through her actions. Her true special place was her beautiful garden filled with so many varieties of flowers that came to life at the appropriate time. Hues of purple and green in the birth of springtime turned into vibrant reds and pinks in the summer, which turned into warm oranges and yellows in the fall, and then, in the winter chill, her flowers went to sleep only to rise again. As Luise went to sleep on a snowy winter day, we pray that she rises into heaven and is greeted with the beauty of a lush warm garden. We pray that God blesses her soul now and forever.

Along with her former husband and long time friend John A. Gross of Washington Depot, CT, she is survived by her four daughters, Deborah Gross, of Danbury, Judith Spinazzola (Gianni) and Monica Gross of Narragansett, RI, Cynthia Buzaid (James) of Lake Grove, NY as well as her seven loving grandchildren: Chiara and Bianca Spinazzola of San Clemente, CA, Luca Spinazzola of New York, NY, Angelica Spinazzola of Narragansett, RI, Jacqueline Buzaid and Christopher Buzaid of Lake Grove, NY and Luke Buzaid of South Orange, NJ. Luise is survived by her siblings Anton Zachmann (Janet) of Tennessee, Elfriede Benkert (Rolf), Herbert Zachmann (Gabriele), and Brigitte Henning (Dietmar) all of Germany, and is predeceased by her sister Gertrude Lausmann also of Germany. She is survived by many nieces and nephews all over the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, calling hours and memorial services will be held privately, Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations in Luise’s memory to Regional Hospice, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury CT, 06810 would be greatly appreciated. Also, in honor of one of Luise’s last wishes, sow some seeds, plant a tree or a garden in her memory. May she rest in peace.


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Luke Buzaid

February 28, 2021

Thank you so much for all that you have done for us in Life. I love you and am going to miss you so much.

Christopher Buzaid

February 28, 2021

I will always remeber the smell of her cooking, the meatballs, those amazing garlic and vinegar cucumbers that would make anyone like vegetables. I remeber sitting with her at Thanksgiving talking about life, why ife is so special and how we have to cherish every moment we have. Oma was special to everyone of her grandkids. I will always love you Oma, I already miss you so very much. I will never forget you and I will always cherish the wise and thoughtful words you said to me. I love you, you were the best grandmother I could ever ask for.

Bianca Spinazzola

February 28, 2021

There are so many great memories that will forever be with me. Oma was always smiling and ready to teach me a life lesson at any moment. I will always remember taking those long walks on the beach collecting rocks, being in the kitchen making her famous apple cake and her sweet birthday cards she sent me every year. You were such a great grandmother, I love you and I will miss you very much!

Cindy Buzaid

February 27, 2021

We mourn the loss of a beautiful soul,Mommy to me, Luise to the world. Mommy was born in the rolling hills of Romania and passed in the rolling hills of Connecticut.In between she endured the hardships of WWII refugee camps,life in post war Germany,where she learned to survive while always seeing beauty and the bright side.One day at a local dance during the Allied Forces Occupation of postwar Germany she met a handsome American soldier,it was ladies choice and she chose Daddy.After only a few meetings,Daddy returned to Danbury,but he couldn’t forget the beautiful,classy and sweet girl who asked him to dance.So he sent for her,and true to her spirit she left her family,friends and all that she knew and came to America to be with her love.She married that handsome man and had 4 daughters whom she loved with all her heart.Mommy was always teaching with a lesson,story,or through her actions.If we were peeling apples to make her delicious apple cake,it was a lesson..a lesson about nature and where the apples came from and how they grew,a lesson in baking techniques and how to peel an apple,a lesson in math as she taught us to calculate the measurements for the ingredients,and a lesson in love as she taught us that being together creating creates special bonds.Her true special place was her beautiful lush garden filled with so many varieties of flowers that came to life at the appropriate time.Hues of purple and green in the birth of springtime turned into vibrant reds and pinks in the summer,which turned into warm oranges and yellows in the fall and then in the winter chill her flowers went to sleep only to rise again.As Mommy went to sleep on a snowy winter day,I pray that she rises into heaven and is greeted with the beauty of a beautiful, warm garden.She is now my angel in heaven and I pray that God blesses her soul now and forever.I love you Mommy,I will miss you always,you are in our hearts and always will be.The last thing she said to me “Live with a light heart”

Jackie Buzaid

February 27, 2021

When I think of Oma, I am reminded of the little things; her Nivea cream, her love for old-time movies, her beautiful garden, and the sweet smells of something delicious cooking in her kitchen. I always looked forward to going to Oma's house for a visit. Her house was so cozy and warm. She always made sure that we were comfortable and especially made sure that we were well fed. My brother’s and I were always excited and ready to eat Oma’s delicious home cooking. Some of our favorites were her meatballs, cucumber salad, potato salad, kielbasa and sliced apples, and my personal favorite, her rice pudding. She always made sure that we got seconds and even thirds.

Going to Oma’s house also felt in a way like going to the spa. She would set up her jacuzzi bathtub in the basement with her pretty smelling bubble bath soaps always on the edge of teeming over the bathtub, heat lamp on, and cozy towels and bathrobes waiting for us when we finished our bath. After our baths we would snuggle together in the back room, with lots of blankets and pillows and watch some of her favorite movies, Gigi, My Fair Lady and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

My favorite memories of Oma are from our walks through her beautiful garden. From when I was a little girl until becoming a grown woman, Oma would hold my hand as we walked around her backyard. Oma would stop at each flower, and have me smell it. With each flower that we passed by Oma always had some wisdom, a story or a distant memory to share that each flower would remind her of. I always admired Oma’s love and appreciation for nature and the environment.

Although we can no longer go on walks together or enjoy time well spent with Oma, I will always cherish my beautiful memories of her.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face the rains fall soft upon your field
And - Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Inge & Robert Zachmann

February 27, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this trying time. We want to extend our heartfelt sympathy, and express our deepest sincere condolences. The loss deeply saddens us. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. We sympathize with you with heavy hearts. Someone so special will never be forgotten, Luise will always be in our hearts. Our love goes out to you all!

Best Regards:

Inge & Robert Zachmann

Judith Spinazzola

February 26, 2021

Those final hours with you were so very emotional… it all went too fast.
When you were ready to fly, we recited the prayers and songs we shared each night growing up.
I am who I am because of your loving encouragement and guidance.
Thank you for everything you’ve given me—and the warmth we shared during your precious time on earth.
I know that you told me that you will always be with me.
Rest assured, you will always be loved and always be in my heart.
Goodbye Mommy, now my angel.
I love you and I will miss you.
Your loving daughter,

Angelica Spinazzola

February 26, 2021

Oma was the sweetest grandmother. She had a romantic and majestic outlook on life that was always so endearing and will forever be with me. I will always remember the birthday cards she sent every year that had the most thoughtful words and beautiful pressed flowers she picked from her garden. I will cherish the lessons Oma taught me in life and will always carry those with me. Her beautiful soul will always be remembered. I love you, Oma.

Ann Campbell

February 26, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute from you all. I remember her gorgeous garden, and her generous and loving spirit. Each of you girls with your beauty and accomplishments show what a remarkable woman she was to raise such a family Sending you all lots of love. Ann 🎈❤️

Janet and Tony Zachmann

February 25, 2021

Luise was a wonderful woman who was loving to her family, kind to friends and a joy to share time with. Our hearts now have a void , but our memories shine with thoughts of her. Rest In Peace.. dear Luise.
Love, Tony and Janet