Veronica Elaine Ross

Veronica Elaine Ross

Veronica Elaine Ross, age 84, of Newberry, passed away peacefully at home on March 13, 2024, under the loving care of her family and North Woods hospice.  Veronica was born July 11, 1939, in McMillan, Michigan, to the late Alsem and Goldie (Varnes) Archambeau. 

Veronica was a 1957 graduate of Newberry High School, and joined the United States Navy on October 6, 1958, serving at the District Intelligence Office in Philadelphia, PA, where she would eventually meet and marry her husband, Richard E. Ross, on July 11, 1959; she was honorably discharged on December 7, 1959, when they began their family.  He preceded her in death on November 9, 2001.

During her husband’s 20-year Navy career in submarines, Veronica traveled and renested with her growing family in Groton, Connecticut; Falls Church, Virginia; Honolulu, Hawaii; Vallejo, California; back to Honolulu, Hawaii and then to Key West, Florida; landing back in Newberry in 1973 upon his retirement.  She loved Hawaii best because she never gave birth there!  With that said, she loved her family unconditionally, taking care of many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and even great-grands throughout the years.  She had an open-door policy, and a joke within the family was that it was a requirement that everyone had to live with grandma at least once.  She helped many who needed a hand up. 

Veronica was a devout Catholic with a special love for Our Lady and Our Lord.  She was a constant figure at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, teaching, praying and quietly working behind the scenes making sure the rhythm of the liturgical seasons went on as if they had a life of their own. When her long years of confinement started, she was still a wealth of information for those trying to follow in her footsteps.  She was loved by many in her church family, and she loved them.

Veronica was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Veronica is preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sisters Lucille Glenn, Kathleen Kujala, Barbara Edgar and brother, Raymond Archambeau.  Sister-in-law, Julia Archambeau; and brothers-in-law Coral Edgar, Joe Glenn, John Drefs, Tom Kujala.

Veronica is survived by her daughter Janet (Louie) Linck, of Newberry; sons Richard (Amy) Ross, of Ellenboro, North Carolina; James (Lynette) Ross of Alanson, Michigan; John Ross of Naubinway, Michigan and Guy (Theresa) Ross of Alamogordo, New Mexico; one sister, Laura Drefs, of Newberry, and one brother, Carl (Mary) Archambeau of East Lansing, Michigan; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, with 2 more great-grands and 1 great-great grandchild on the way.

Visitation will be held at Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm with prayers for the deceased to be recited and rosary beginning at 6:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday March 20, 2024 at 1:00 pm at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church with Father Jacek Wtyklo officiating.  Rite of Committal with full military rites conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion Post #74 will follow at Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gregory Catholic Church, 212 West Harrie Street, Newberry, Michigan or to Michigan Right to Life. 

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Beaulieu Funeral in Newberry is assisting the family.


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