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Virginia Fern Ross


Services: Have been held. Virginia Fern Ross, 84, resident of Lake Hubert, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at the Edgewood Vista in Brainerd, Minn. Mrs. Ross was born in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 7, 1922 to Herbert Leland and Emma Elizabeth (Kopf) Kletschka. She had been a Lake Hubert resident since 1926. She married Virgil S. Ross in Dubuque, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 1941. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2001. For many years since 1943, the Rosses owned and operated Pukwana Lodge and Resort, later known as Alaska Lodge, and the Salty Dog Saloon on Lake Hubert. Mrs. Ross was the last president of the Lake Hubert School PTA before it closed in 1953 and was an auxiliary member of the Nisswa American Legion Post .She served others as a loving home care provider, nurse's aide, school bus driver, and many years as a waitress at local restaurants including Home Base, Breezy Point and Minnewawa Lodge when it became the home of the hockey school owned and operated for a time by Herb Brooks, the 1980 and 2002 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Coach. When Alaska was still a territory, Virginia and children traveled many hours over the Alcan Highway where they would meet Virgil and spend the winters and where their son, Brian, was born. In their retirement years, the Rosses spent winters in Logan. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Brian Gene, her parents and a brother, Harold D. Kletschka, M.D. Survivors include sons, Curtis L. Ross of Anchorage, Ala.; Craig L. (Suzanne) Ross of Lake Hubert; daughter, Stacey (James) O'Rourke of Lake Hubert, three grandchildren, one great grandson, and sisters, Marjorie (James) Peterson of Brainerd and Barbara Kletschka of Lake Hubert and Golden Valley. Arrangements are by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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