Editorial Note: We at Alaska Right to Life are deeply saddened by the news of Barbara’s death. She has been a stalwart in the pro-life community for many years, and she will be dearly missed. We offer our deepest condolences to Wayne and his family at this time of profound sorrow and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Barbara L. Ross (nee Froelich)
Barbara L. Ross, 69, died peacefully at home on August 27th, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with diabetes. Only days before her death she was able to see and enjoy all her children and grandchildren together after they came from as far away as Spokane Washington and Okinawa Japan, to visit with her.
Barbara was born on November 6, 1942 in Elkhart, Indiana. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana and then went on to Marquette University, Milwaukee, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
In 1966, she met her future husband, Wayne Anthony Ross. They began dating in 1967 even though Wayne told her he was thinking about moving to Alaska. As Barbara put it: “I thought I might as well go out with this crazy guy who wanted to go to Alaska rather than sit home by myself.” Wayne and Barbara were married on June 22, 1968 in Elkhart and left for Alaska 4 days later to make their home here.
Initially, Barbara worked for Kelly Girl and later Anchorage Natural Gas before becoming a stay-at-home mom after their children arrived. When the last child entered school, Barbara became the librarian for St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School and she helped to set up the school library there. She was a member of the school’s Service Club Board, and was President of its School Board. She later worked for the Anchorage School District as a librarian’s assistant at West High School before her retirement several years later. She was the bookkeeper for years as the Program Director for the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club, was District Chairman for Republican District 32, and as a Director and Secretary for Alaska Right to Life, Inc.
In 1991, Wayne and Barbara were named, by the Vatican, to be Knight and Lady in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Barbara was an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association of America and a Life Member of the Alaska Gun Collectors Association.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; four children, Gregory (and his wife Shelli) of Anchorage, Brian (and his wife Tracy) currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Timothy of Anchorage, and Amy Ross Woodyard (and her husband Jeff) in Spokane, Washington; and six grandchildren, as well as her two sisters Judy Fodrocszi and Christine Ogar of Elkhart and their families. Wayne said of Barbara, “We spent more than 44 happy years together and I can honestly say I never regretted marrying her for even five seconds during that time. I’m not sure, however, she could say the same thing about being married to me!”
Viewing is from 4 till 6 pm on Friday, August 31st, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 2901 East Huffman Road, Anchorage Alaska, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 6 pm celebrated by Archbishop Roger Schwietz and Father Tom Lilly. A reception at the church will follow the Mass. Internment will be at the Anchorage Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Alaska Right to Life, Inc. – 3400 Spenard Road, Suite 4 – Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Donations may also be made online at www.alaskarighttolife.org .