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
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