Helen J. Ross, 88, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at Alden Courts of Waterford in Aurora. She was born December 10, 1915 in Morris to Norwegian immigrants, the late Hans and Sigrid Tesdall.
Helen grew up on the family farm north of Morris along with her siblings, the late Clarice Stansfield and Harold Tesdall of Aurora. She attended Scott School and graduated from Morris High School in 1933.
After high school, she attended secretarial school in Joliet. In 1933, Helen and her closest friend, Alice (Hill) Jones moved to Chicago. They both worked at Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. Helen went on the work at Physician Secretarial Services, Inc. in the Uptown National Bank of Chicago. She later became the owner of the same business until her retirement in 1981.
While living in Chicago, Helen met her late husband, Frank Ross. They were united in marriage on May 29, 1950 at the "Little Country Church in the City", in Chicago. The Rev. Krostead officiated. They made their first home in Skokie and spent the next 32 years loving and enjoying gardening, cooking, crafts, photography, traveling, church and spending time with family. Her loving husband died January of of 1983.
Helen continued being a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Skokie and participating in ladies Bible studies, senior trips and served as Deaconess. She was a current member of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Aurora. She also enjoyed being a member of the Sons of Norway Lodge 5-472 in Aurora for many years.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Sigrid Tesdall; her husband, Frank Ross; a brother-in-law, James Stansfield; and her loving sister, Clarice Stansfield.
She is survived by her loving and caring brother, Harold (Pearl) Tesdall of Aurora; a niece and nephews, Jannene (Richard) Alford of Montgomery, James (Jane) Tesdall and Victor (Beth) Tesdall all of Morris; many great nieces and nephews, David and Nathan Alfrod of Montgomery, Abby (Phil) Wilder of Champaign, Katey Tesdall of Wheeling, Gabe Tesdall of Bloomington, Seth (fiancee Amber Lang) Tesdall of Vernon Hills, Micah Tesdall of Morris, Erica, Brad and Daniel Tesdall, all of Morris. She is survived by a very special and loving friend, Alice (Hill) of St. Petersburg, FL.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Montgomery, with Rev. Brian Pearson and Rev. Robert Kasperson officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in West Lisbon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the St. Olaf Lutheran Pre-School or The Frank and Helen Ross Foundation, with the purpose to support Christian missions.
Helen's family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for the care, love and attention she received while living at the Alden Courts of Waterford in Aurora; The Tiller's Healthcare in Oswego, St. Olaf Lutheran Church and its Primary Sunday School Department, and to Sophia.
West Lisbon Lutheran Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 24, 2004
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