WOOSTER – Anna K. (Anne) Ross, 99, died on June 15, 2018, at West View Healthy Living, a little over four months shy of her 100th birthday. Cremation has taken place, and the ashes will be interred at a later date on the family plot in Wooster Cemetery.
Anne was born on a farm near Smithville on October 27, 1918, to Daniel M. and Nora Eshelman Kropf. When she was five years old the family moved to a farm near Orrville where she grew up. She graduated from Orrville High School in 1936, and attended Wooster Business College. She married Wooster attorney Ford G. Ross on July 30, 1940, and they were happily married for 67 years until his death in 2007. She is survived by her children Carolyn R. Spalding of Springfield, Ohio, and William F. (Roberta) Ross of Wooster, and two grandchildren, Catherine (Robert) Jumper of Lancaster, Ohio, and Brian W. (Suzanne) Ross of New Albany, Ohio. Two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and very special friend and caretaker Melva Raber of Wooster also survive. She was predeceased by her son, James H. (Louise Keating) Ross, and by her two sisters, Margaret (Orren) Hofstetter of Orrville, and Mildred (Thomas) Borland of Walnut Creek, California (and formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio).
Following graduation from business school Anne started her long career as a legal secretary, being employed by the Weygandt and Ross law office (On the Square Above Boyd’s Drug Store). She took time off from her secretarial duties to raise her young family, but returned to work for the law office after her youngest went to school. She retired from Ross Law Offices in 1982. Anne was a loving and attentive wife to Ford, and was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting gatherings in her home for family and friends. While she could, she always hosted family gatherings at her home where she prepared most of the food. Even though everyone else would bring a favorite dish, her cooking was what everyone looked forward to.
Anne always had a keen curiosity about many things and loved to read. She was known for her talents as an excellent bridge player and played in numerous groups locally. She was also a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Wooster. She loved music and enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years. She was very proud of her service on the church committee that selected the beautiful tracker organ built in the sanctuary in 1980 by Karl Wilhelm of Quebec, Canada.
Following Anne’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Memorial contributions may be made to West View Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Very special thanks and appreciation are extended to the staffs of both organizations for their loving and compassionate care of Anne.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
West View Healthy Living, 1715 Mechanicsburg Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.