Ruth Ann Ross



Ruth Ann Ross

 After a valiant 3 ½ year fight with cancer, Ruth Ann died on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Visitation will be held at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, on May 15, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm with the funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 E. Glenlord Rd., on May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am with Pastor Noah Headrick officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.  Memorials in her honor can be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Hospice at Home. Those wishing to share a memory of Ruth Ann online may do so at

 Ruth Ann was the oldest of three daughters born to Amil & Leatha Mashke on September 15, 1934 in Benton Harbor, MI.  She graduated from Benton Harbor H.S. in 1952, went onto WMU and then to work for Whirlpool. 

 On August 23, 1958 she married her adoring husband Edgar and they celebrated 55 years together.  Their marriage was the beginning of her life-long dream of having a loving family. Ruth Ann’s true calling in life was to be a mother and her family was her dearest treasure.  She had a nurturing personality and devoted her life to caring for her husband, parents, 5 children and 16 grandchildren.  She created precious memories with her family in northern Michigan, Siesta Key, Florida and Disneyworld.  “Nana” embraced and cherished each grandchild and gave of herself unconditionally.  When she was not attending a function for her grandkids, she enjoyed gardening, reading and cooking. 

 Ruth Ann’s life was a special gift to everyone who met her.  She walked through each day with courage, grace and the love of Jesus in her heart.  She was a humble servant to God, her family and a true inspiration for us all.

 She will be greatly missed by her entire family; husband Edgar, sisters Judy MarCoullier & Janet McPharlin, son Stephen (Elizabeth) Ross and their children Ryan, Patrick, Molly & Peter,son Carey (Karon) Ross and children, Carey Jr., Connor & Casey, daughter Cheryl (Chuck) Bonnema and children, Elise & Grace, son Michael (Connie) Ross and children, Ethan & Brady, daughter Susan (Ralph) Newland and children, Ross, Christopher, Benjamin & Joshua.

 Welcoming Ruth Ann into heaven are her parents, brother-in-laws, Richard MarCoullier, Philip McPharlin and grandson Bennett Ross