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October 22, 2018

9/4/2018 7:30:00 AM
Bernice "Bobbi" S. Ross

Bernice "Bobbi" S. Ross, age 77 of Rhinelander, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. She was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Laona, to Michael and Stella (Rutkowski) Perenich.

In September 1961, Bernice married John D. Ross at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and together they raised their family of two daughters. Bernice worked for many years for the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

She was a member of the Northwoods Quilters group and was a volunteer at the Rhinelander Historical Society. Bernice enjoyed lunch and dinner outings with her girlfriends who called themselves the "Do-Nothing Club". She loved playing board games with family, listening to music, fishing, reading, and traveling. She was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan and loved watching games at home with John.

Bernice is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Ross of Rhinelander; two daughters, Rachelle (Scott) Splittstoesser of Minneiska, Minn. and Sherri (Eric) Bennett of Rhinelander; her sister, Helen (Jerry) Ramsey of Rhinelander; and grandchildren, Anna Gauthier and Kelly Gauthier both Rhinelander, Alexa Splittstoesser of Dennison, Minn., and Nikki Splittstoesser-Dick of Millville, Minn.; and her beloved cat, Kitty.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A service of remembrance will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414). Visitation with the family will take place from 3 p.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be directed at

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests donations be made to either the Oneida County Dept. on Aging for the Meals on Wheels program or the local Humane Society.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018
Article comment by: Ellen Hurlbutt

So sorry to hear this. Always enjoyed visiting with Helen at the Ross family get togethers.

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