Sr. Nan Ross, BVM


Sister Nan Ross, BVM (John William), 83, died Dec. 19, 2011, at Marian Hall, Dubuque, Iowa. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

In the Diocese of Davenport, Sister Nan taught elementary school at St. Patrick in Iowa City from 1953–54 and from 1955–57. She also taught elementary school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chicago, Ill.; and Anchorage, Alaska. In California, she taught elementary school in San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton, and was principal in Petaluma. She served as pastoral associate and director of religious education in Holy Cross, Alaska. She was assistant to the administrator of the Motherhouse, and served as administrator of the BVM Center at Mount Carmel, both in Dubuque. She served in ministry and as a tutor in Maloy, Iowa.

She was born in Newton, Iowa, on Feb. 21, 1928, to John William and Helen Frances (Harris) Ross. She entered the  of Charity, BVM congregation on Feb. 2, 1947, from Sacred Heart Parish, Newton. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack and sisters Mary Kathleen and Jane Walker. She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 64 years.


Memorials may be given to the Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003, or online at

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