Ann J. (McDonough) Ross

January 3, 2021

Ann J. (McDonough) Ross

Ann J. Ross – of Woburn, Sunday, January 3rd. Beloved wife of the late Joseph T. Ross. Devoted mother of Joseph T. Ross, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Fleming Island, FL, Cynthia A. Wedlock and her husband Walter of Medford, and Nancy A. Ross and her husband Peter G. Higgins of Woburn. Cherished grandmother of Annika J. Ross. Dear sister of Margaret Walsh of Wilmington, Rose McCaul of Winchester and John McDonough of North Reading. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services are private. There will be a celebration of Ann’s life & a memorial mass at a later date. To leave a condolence message to the Ross family, please visit, Lynch-Cantillon.com Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ann’s name can be made to The Catholic TV Network C/O Bishop Reed, 34 Chestnut St, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, Mass 02471.

Ann J. (McDonough) Ross, passed away at Tufts New England Medical Center after a brief illness.  The beloved wife of the late Joseph T. Ross, was eighty three years of age.

Born in Winchester she was one of nine children born to the late Patrick and Bridget (Norton) McDonough, who were both very proud Irish immigrants.

Following high school, Ann decided to enter religious life as a nun and chose the Carmelite Order.  After several years she made the decision to leave the convent.

Upon returning home, and entering the working world, Ann was introduced to a wonderful man Joe Ross, whom she met on a blind date!  They later married and made their home in Woburn, where they proudly raised their three children. 

 

Ann’s home was a place that everyone felt welcome at and was always filled with friends & family.

Ann was very happy to be a homemaker, this allowed her to spend a great deal of time with her children. Family was absolutely everything to her. 

After her kids were grown, Ann was a crossing guard for many years, where she would greet each school child and sometimes their parents, regularly, with a big smile and a lollipop. This is how she became known as “Lollipop-Cop”.

After her stint as a crossing guard, Ann had the opportunity to show off her exceptional cooking skills when she became the cook for St. Joseph’s parish. She thoroughly enjoyed this job, and the priest, Fr. LeBlanc (who became a close family friend) thoroughly enjoyed Ann’s cooking.

For many years you could find Ann at Frannie’s, enjoying a meal in the company of friends and family. She loved her Bingo nights, trips to Foxwoods and Thursday girls-nights-out were all time favorites! Ann truly had a wonderful sense of humor, a beautiful smile, and a kind word to say to everyone she came in contact with. 

Later in life Ann took great joy in spending time with her daughters, visiting old friends or simply relaxing in her newly built home on the site of her old house.

Ann passed peacefully with a smile on her face, with her beloved daughters at her side.

Sadly, Ann was predeceased by her dear husband Joe, her parents and six of her siblings.

Ann is lovingly survived by her precious children; Joseph T. Ross, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Orange Park, FL, Cynthia A. Wedlock and her husband Walter of Medford and Nancy A. Ross and her husband Peter G. Higgins of Woburn. Cherished grandmother of Annika J. Ross. Dear sister of Margaret Walsh of Wilmington, Rose McCaul of Winchester and John McDonough of North Reading. Funeral Services are private. There will be a Celebration of Ann’s life and a Memorial Mass at a later date. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 and are Private.  In lieu of flowers, a remembrance in Ann’s name may be made to The Catholic TV Network c/o Bishop Reed, 34 Chestnut St, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, Mass 02471.  To leave a condolence message to the Ross family, please visit, Lynch-Cantillon.com 

 

Service arrangements pending, please check back soon.

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  1. Debbie O'Neill BONDI

    I’m deeply sorry of the passing of Ann she and my mom were friends she always have stories and we would laugh she was a beautiful lady May she Rest In Peace

  2. Melinda Belanger Leo

    Nancy and family,my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. She was a special lady, and will be missed by many especially me. I have great memories and years spent with your family. I was at her house back in the day more than i was at mine. Annie always made you welcome in her home. I loved the smell of her gravy cooking and the tasty eggplant. Nancy i’m sending prayers and comforting hugs. Sharing in your sadness as you remember your mother. Ann may you rest in peace. You will be truely missed.Till we meet again my friend.

  3. Tilly, Ray and Ann

    Was sorry to here about Ann. I have great memories with her. She was a Special friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Bill & Kay Bolster

    Our sincere sympathy to the Ross Family. Ann will be missed by many. Ann was a wonderful neighbor, RIP Ann.

    Bill and Kay Bolster

  5. Arlene and Roland Rozumek

    Nancy, Peter and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I know she is looking down and being so proud of her children. She always made me laugh when I came to visit and I will miss her smile and her calling me Fluffy.
    Love Arlene and Roland

  6. Jean McDonough Gangi

    My fondest memories of Ann will always bring a smile to my face! Her humor filled the room! She will be missed by many but especially by her devoted family, that are feeling so lost and empty now. Fly High Ann! Until we meet again ❤️

  7. Lorraine Butler

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with her

  8. Dr. Bob Ferullo

    To the Ross family: my condolences, empathy, and blessings. A wonderful Christian woman.

  9. Heather Troiano

    Nancy, thinking of you and your family during this trying time. I know how much you will miss your Kramer and feel the emptiness in your home. I hope you find comfort in all of your happy memories! Her smile will be missed! Love you Heather

  10. So sorry, Mrs Ross my fondest memories thanksgiving all those pie on the porch . Thinking of you all love Lisa ,Len and Lydia and Paige ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all during this difficult time
    Aunt Ann I will miss you dearly I have great memories from all the years you hold a big piece of my heart
    Please say hello to my mom dad and brother I love you??❤️
    Love
    Mary Eddie and Courtney

  12. Jim Burke ( Bimma )

    Nancy, Peter, Cindy, Wally, Joe, Jen and Annika, I am very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am so going to miss Ann’s smiling face and personality and calling me Bimma when ever she saw me. Every time I came by to visit Nancy and Peter, she never failed to provide a laugh (More than one) as her sense of humor was fantastic and she was a wonderful woman. May she Rest in Peace. Godspeed Ann

  13. So sorry for your loss. I will miss the many stories that brought such laughter to so many. Your Mom was a great lady and may she be at peace. Thinking of all of you.

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