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Kathaleen A Ross
May 4, 1935 - August 5, 2017

Kathaleen A. Ross began her new life in heaven on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Sioux Falls. She was 82 years.

Kathaleen Annabelle Lee Cook was born May 4, 1935 to Leo Francis Cook and Katherine Matilda (Fjerestad) Cook in Deadwood/Lead, SD. She grew up for the majority of her life in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended Longfellow Elementary grade school and graduated from Washington High School in 1953. She worked for Fennís Ice Cream Company as a teenager.

She was united in marriage to Lester Dale Ross on March 19, 1955 at First Lutheran Church. The couple made their first home in San Diego. They returned to Sioux Falls in July, 1956 to stay. In June 1958, Dale was involved in a tragic car accident that would change the course of their lives together.

Kathaleen worked as a secretary for Midwest Beach for many years and left to be a stay at home mom once her youngest son Chip was born. She enjoyed participating in the Hilltop bowling league and passionately stayed active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as the local chapter secretary. In 1982 she went back to work as an Activities Assistant for The Good Samaritan Society (GSS) after her husband Dale was disabled. She retired from GSS in 1999 following Daleís decline in health to take care of him.

Kathaleen has been a member of First Lutheran Church since childhood. She sang in the adult choir until the age of 70 when she said she could no longer reach the high notes. She continued her love of music through her long-time attendance at the Sioux Falls Symphony, Floor 1, Orch Right, Row M Seats 32 and 33. She always had an extra ticket to include a family member or a friend. She also attended the Community Concert Series and the Sioux Falls Municipal Band whenever possible.

Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, Kim Ross of Sioux Falls, SD, Cindy Ross of Sioux Falls, SD, Clifford (Dawn) Ross of Worthington, MN, and Chip (Mary Holm) Ross of Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Darleen (Rodney, Sr.) Smart of Sioux Falls, SD and Leonard Cook of Marion, IA; her feline companion Bouncer; and many other relatives and friends

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lester Dale Ross; her parents, Leo and Katherine Cook; mother and father-in-law, Lester C. and Wilma Ross; her brother-in-law, Arnold Albers; her brother Leon Cook and his wife Julaine.

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