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Rose M. Ross

Feb 15, 2013

Rose M. Ross, 90, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Christian Outreach Church with the Rev. Gary Van Nyhuis officiating.Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Online condolences may be directed to

Born in Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 11, 1923, she was the daughter of Antonio and Dominica “Minnie” Smiroldo Cina. She was educated in the Los Angeles area. She married Russell H. Ross on Feb. 18, 1945, in Glendale, Calif. He preceded her in death.

During World War II, she worked in material control and purchasing for Lockheed Aircraft. Following her marriage, she moved to Mt. Pleasant. She worked as a crew chief detassling corn for Cargill. She then worked as a nurse’s aid at M.H.I. She served hot lunches at Manning School and the Mt. Pleasant Community High School. She also worked for Saga Food Services at Iowa Wesleyan College and ended her career as a food demonstrator at Hy-Vee.

She attended Green Mound Church of God, First Baptist Church and Faith Christian Outreach Church. She started the Vietnam Mother’s Club, was involved with mission circles, served as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, was a deaconess at First Baptist Church and enjoyed Bible study. She enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling and camping with her family. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors, photography, needlework and painting and pencil drawing.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Philip) Epp of Newton, Kan., and Eileen (Randy) Ensminger of Mt. Pleasant; one son, Phillip (Valerie) Ross of Wentzville, Mo.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Rose was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Ross; two brothers, Joseph Cina and Rocco Calamia; and a sister, Catherine “Carrie” Calamia.


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