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Retiring register of deeds excited about next phase of life

January 6, 2019

Editor’s note: This is the final of four Daily News articles profiling public officials in Norfolk and Madison County who are retiring or leaving office at the start of 2019.

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MADISON — Nancy Gross has been busy saying goodbye to her “family” at the Madison County Courthouse.

Gross has retired after 20 years as the Madison County register of deeds, plus 14 years in other positions at the courthouse.

“I’m really going to miss my courthouse family. It’s not just the office, it’s the whole courthouse,” Gross said. “Being here this long, you really get to know people and share things and I’m really going to miss the connection there. But that doesn’t mean I can’t come back and visit. The courthouse people who work here are great.”

Gross’ last day was Wednesday. Diane Nykodym of Madison was sworn in as the new register of deeds Thursday.

“I have no regrets,” Gross said. “I just feel like I’ve done the best that I can do and the next one will come up with some new ideas and keep improving things here.”

Twenty years ago, Gross said it felt right to throw her name in for the register of deeds position.

“The opportunity was there and it’s just a nice place to work — very nice people I work with; the customers are very nice,” Gross said. “It’s been an all-around pleasure to work at the courthouse. I just couldn’t see myself going anywhere else. I just really felt it was an opportunity to advance, and it worked out well.”

Gross said she has enjoyed the challenges of the position, including using new technology. At one time, the office didn’t have any computers, and now they have 10. Plus, now they do electronic filing and Nebraska deeds online.

“It’s been kind of fun to do the technology end of it, and keep up to date on things,” Gross said. “A little bit challenging when you get older, but it works out. I’ve enjoyed that part of it.”

Gross said she’s also enjoyed the people she’s worked with over the years.

“I really appreciate all the customers we’ve worked with, all of the people in the courthouse. They have all been so supportive of this office, not just me, this whole office, they’ve been very supportive,” Gross said. “Title people have been wonderful to work with, our attorneys are wonderful to work with. I just can’t say that I met one bad person along the way.”

Gross said she is looking forward to her retirement.

“I’m OK with it. I feel like I did my time. It’s time to retire and get on to the next phase of my life, which is retirement. And do what I want to, spend some time with my grandkids, and I do quilting. We have a lake home in Duncan. Do more things like that we don’t have time for when you’re working,” Gross said, adding that her husband, Arland, has been retired for several years.

“We’re going to keep busy,” she said with a smile.

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