Sister Thomasita Ross, BVM

DUBUQUE, IOWA – Sister Thomasita Ross, BVM, 89, died April 25, 2011, at Caritas Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on April 7, 1922, to Thomas and Margaret Ann (O’Donnell) Ross. She entered the Sisters of Charity, BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Vincent Parish, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

In the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joe, Sister Thomasita taught at O’Hara High School (1970–77 and 1980–89). She also taught in Casper, Wyo.; Hempstead, N.Y.; Jesup, Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa; and San José, Calif. She served as educational consultant, deputy director and regional representative for the BVM congregation in Dubuque. In retirement, she volunteered as a driver at Mount Carmel Motherhouse.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Deane; and a sister, Mary Frances Burrascano. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 71 years.

Services were held in Iowa and burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at


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