Gayle M. Ross

Gayle M. Ross

March 9, 1932 – August 29, 2021

Preceded in death by husband, Robert; parents, Harold and Berniece Glienke.  Survived by son, Erich (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jackson and Kennedy; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry Ross, Tom Ross (Shirley); nieces and nephews

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, September 2nd at 10:30am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific Street.  Private Interment.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Cathedral School.


Gaylene Mae Cecelia (Glienke) Ross was born in Alta Vista, Iowa, population 100.  When she was 5 years old, they moved to Algona, Iowa where she attended St. Patrick’s School from 1st to 3rd grade.  Her family then moved 15 miles North to Bancroft, Iowa, population 1,000.  She attended grade and high school at St. John’s taught by Franciscan monks.  Her dad was a butter maker there and Gayle got to test the milk from the farmers for acidity or alkalinity using litmus paper.  That was the beginning of her love for science and chemistry, she was fascinated. 

After graduation, her family moved to Perry, Iowa where she worked at a bank and was a sales clerk at the local sale barn.  Gayle earned enough for a year of college at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa which she attended with her best friend from 4th grade on, Beverly Smith.  They both took a course in Medical Technology which involved lots of classes in chemistry and biology. She worked as a waitress during the school year and in the summer at the bank and sale barn.  After college, both Beverly and Gayle took an internship at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The internship paid for her tuition, room, and board.  She thrived there and was able to help pathologist with various autopsies and other elective offerings.

After college graduation, Gayle and Beverly moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and roomed with other classmates from Bancroft.  Gayle worked at St. Joe’s and Beverly at St. Catherine’s.  While working there she met Susan Willdrot.  Six or eight gals would go to Ray’s Valley Lake on Sunday and one day had some “beverages” that she and Susan needed to stay cool, guess who offered his cooler to them to use, of course Bob Ross.  Bob was attending Creighton University. 

They dated for a little over a year and got married at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Bob finished with a Bachelor’s in Business and went to work at Mutual of Omaha.  Gayle worked at Methodist Hospital after 4 years at St. Catherine’s.  They both walked to work and lived across from Duchesne in an apartment at 36 and California.  Bob and Gayle bought a boat and water skied every night after work at Carter Lake.  After 4 years, they bought a house at 62 and Vane. Gayle went to work at Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Bob and Gayle started snow skiing and continued to enjoy the sport for 40 years.  They also played tennis at Omaha Sports Club.  After 14 years of marriage and 2 miscarriages, their very wonderful and miracle son was born.  Gayle quit work so she could spend as much time with Erich as possible.  When Erich was 3, she returned to work evenings at Immanuel Hospital. When Bob came home, he would take Erich up to have supper as a family.  Erich was 6 when Bob and Gayle built a house in the St. Robert Parish where Erich went to school.  Gayle helped in the library and was room mom several years.  She then went to work at the Red Cross on the evening shift for 5 years. Gayle left to work at an OBGYN office in the lab, then finally at UNMC to work in the lab where she retired when Erich graduated college. 

She attended daily 8:30 mass and received communion.    Bob and Gayle were both Eucharistic Ministers.  She helped at funerals and the Shawl group.  Gayle became the funeral luncheon head and did that for 4 years. 

She leaves behind a son, Erich (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jackson and Kennedy; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry Ross, Tom Ross (Shirley); nieces and nephews.





  • Kathy Coniglio Posted August 30, 2021 4:37 pm

    Gayle was one great Lady!!! I will miss her quick wit and smile each morning when she came into Mass. Knowing she is with Our Lord and her beloved Bob is her just reward for a life well lived. I will keep her family in my prayers.

  • Sharyn Willms Posted August 31, 2021 10:22 am

    Gayle was a wonderful co-worker (years ago at Jennie Edmundsen) and longtime friend. We reconnected when my husband and I retired to Omaha .I will miss having lunch and sharing grandchildren stories with her. She always said, “Just trust Him” and now she is with him and her beloved Bob. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sally Hammond Posted August 31, 2021 2:31 pm

    I remember many Omaha Ski Club trips with Bob and Gayle. Both were great skiers and fun members of the club. I always enjoyed visiting with Bob when he worked at Bahnsen’s. Wonderful couple. My sympathy to the family
    Sally and Don Hammond

  • wayne simpson Posted August 31, 2021 3:30 pm

    Condolences to the Ross family. I knew Bob and Gayle from the Omaha Sports Club ski trips of the 1970’s. Many fond memories of those days and still enjoy the sport.

  • Kellie Neth Posted August 31, 2021 6:41 pm

    Erich, your mom is such a special lady. I always considered myself so lucky to have been able to work with her for several years. I have to tell you a story … in the lab we had an old Mac computer and it’s screensaver made cricket noises. One morning. I came into the lab and saw your mom crawling around on the floor in the office with that computer. I asked her what she was doing and she said she was looking for the darn cricket that had been driving her crazy for a long time. We laughed about that for days.

    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rita Daeges Posted August 31, 2021 9:27 pm

    What a great lady. Always serving We will miss her.

  • Nick and MJ Camero Posted September 1, 2021 1:09 pm

    We have known Gayle and Bob for 50+years.Too many memories to mention,all of them wonderful! Skiing with the sports club,her fantastic dinner parties,working with her for funeral luncheons at St..Robert’s . She was a wonderful friend and roommate on our trip to Spain with Fr. Shane,where she almost missed the bus.
    Our prayers our with Erich and her family.

  • Mark Camero Posted September 1, 2021 6:31 pm

    Erich your mom was one of my favorite people in this world. I have many fond memories of hanging out with you and your mom and dad. God bless.

  • Julie Mueller Posted September 2, 2021 7:11 am

    Erich & Family, so sorry to hear about your loss. No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in your time of grief.

    • Jeanine Rule Posted September 2, 2021 11:29 am

      Gayle was great to work with at the funeral ministry. We all loved her.

  • Jeanine Rule Posted September 2, 2021 11:22 am

    Working with Gayle in the funeral ministry was an inspiration. What a great lady. We all loved her.

  • Rosemarie Jacobs Magee Posted September 5, 2021 7:30 pm

    I trained as a Medical Technology student under Gayle for all of my Blood Banking rotation. Thanks to her diligence and wonderful training style, I learned to love Blood Banking best of all rotations…serving as a Blood Bank Tech for many years in my hometown hospital laboratory. She was an extraordinatory woman.

  • Pat Monrad Posted January 10, 2022 5:41 pm

    Dear Erich Jen, and family,

    My heart is broken. Having just discovered that Gayle went to join Bobby, I am devastated not to have known sooner.
    Our deepest sympathies. May your grief be gentle and all of your memories happy. She was quite a woman.

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