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Angeletta Ross

July 29, 1930-March 14, 2010

Angeletta D. Ross, 79, of Cass Lake, Minn., passed away at her home on Little Wolf Lake on Sunday, March 14, 2010, surrounded by her family.

Angeletta Delores Henry was born to Samuel and Marie Henry on July 29, 1930 in White Earth. She graduated from Flandreau Boarding School in South Dakota. Angeletta married George Mark Ross on January 14, 1950. She attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, and later worked at Medtronic in New Brighton, Minn.

Angeletta was a licensed Ojibwe language teacher. She taught at Bemidji State University for a short period of time, substituting at Bemidji High School. She taught at the Circle of Life School in White Earth. White Earth students enjoyed success while winning many awards with the Anishinabe Knowledge Bowl.

Angeletta moved to Cass Lake and taught the Ojibwe language at the Cass Lake Elementary and High School. Her students at Cass Lake High School also enjoyed winning at Anishinabe Knowledge Bowl competitions.

Angeletta had many interests and hobbies. She enjoyed taking her pontoon out to her favorite fishing spots. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, mittens, and afghans. She looked forward to feeding the humming birds which came in droves each year.

Angeletta accompanied her husband to conventions and conferences throughout the United States. When in Fairbanks, Alaska, the bishop would send them to small outlying villages. A favorite moment would be while flying in Alaska, the bush pilot would say, "Anyone who wants to smoke should step out on the wing to smoke." Another favorite job was critiquing George's sermons and service bulletins. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Angeletta is the godmother to children in White Earth and Leech Lake.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Sam and Marie Henry; grandparents, Jim and Susan Burnette; brother, Gordon Henry Sr.; half brothers, Virgil Fairbanks and Robert Fairbanks.

Surviving Angeletta are her husband of 60 years, George Ross; daughters, Violet Ross of St. Louis Park, Annette (John) Sieling of Eagle Bend, Deborah Ross of Bemidji and Pam Ross of Cass Lake; grandchildren, Angela (Erik) Haugen of St. Louis Park, Sarah (Uri) Fairbanks of Laporte, Minn., Chris (Amanda) Sieling of Hanley Falls, Minn., Kerry Sieling of Bloomington, Minn., Amanda (Ravi) Norman of Minnetonka, Matt Eidsvoog of Bemidji, Mark (Molly) Eidsvoog of Maple Grove, Megan Ross of Bemidji, Alan (Tara) Boswell of Cass Lake and Jared (Marie) Boswell of Redby; 12 great grandchildren; brother, William (Judy) Henry of Minneapolis; sisters, Joyce (Walter) Yellowhammer of Minneapolis, Rena Vizenor of Mahnomen; seven half brothers and sisters; many nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives and friends.

Wake services will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18 in the Veteran's Memorial Building at Cass Lake, then move to the White Earth Community Building at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 19, continuing until funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20 in the St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth. Mother Lisa Smith will officiate.

Pallbearers for Angeletta will be Matthew Eidsvoog, Chris Sieling, Mark Eidsvoog, Alan Boswell, Jared Boswell, Ravi Norman and Erik Haugen. Interment will be held at the Samuel Memorial Cemetery in Naytahwaush following the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, Minn.