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Jeannine 'Jean' Ross

November 16, 1935 — August 24, 2022

Jeannine 'Jean' Ross


Jeannine Marie Ross (Jean) passed away August 24, 2022, at Hays Medical Center at the age of 86. She was born November 16, 1935, in Hays, Kansas to Walter C. and Philomene Frances (Fisher) Ross.

Jean entered the convent when she was 15 years old and was with the Sisters of Saint Agnes for 23 years. During this time, she served as an educator and administrator at several private schools located in the states of Wisconsin and Indiana. After 23 years, she returned to Hays to care for her aging parents.

In Hays, she also continued to serve as an educator: teaching in Schoenchen, KS; Principal at Washington Elementary School, and for 18 years she served in the position of Assistant Superintendent of Finance with USD 489.

Jean earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Marian College in Fond De Lac, Wisconsin; her Masters Degree in Education and her Masters Degree in Speech were earned at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Administration was earned from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.

For 10 years, beginning in 2000, Jean served in the role as President of Thomas More Prep (TMP)-Marian. The Jean Ross Society was created to honor spiritual and dedication to the success of Catholic schools in Hays, KS. She often referred to TMP as "Gods school." Jean also received the Point of Light award, which is the highest recognition given to individuals who have given time, talent, and resources to the school.

Jean is survived by sister, Marilyn Wasinger, Wichita, KS; sister-in-law, Debbie Ross, Hays, KS; brothers-in-law, Ken Pfeifer, Hays, KS, Dan Needy, Tucson, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Philomene (Fisher) Ross; sisters, Shirley Schartz, Patricia Needy, Betty Pfeifer, and brother Walter (Chuck) Ross, Jr.

Jeans family will receive guests from 6:00pm 8:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 W. 13th Street, Hays, KS on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. A rosary is scheduled for 6:30pm, followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7:00pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00am, Thursday, September 1, 2022, at St Joseph Church, Father Mike Scully will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to TMP-Marian or for masses.

The family extends special thanks to all her caregivers at Via Christi Nursing Home, Hays Medical Center, and Hospice.

Service entrusted to Brocks-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601

Condolences may be left by guest book at


Visitation Wednesday

August 31, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

210 W. 13th

Hays, Kansas 67601

Funeral Mass Thursday

September 1, 2022

10:00 AM

St. Joseph Catholic Church

210 W. 13th

Hays, Kansas 67601

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