HOWLAND - Antoinette "Toni" Ross, 55, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Howland.
She was born Nov. 29, 1958, in Warren, the daughter of Dominick and Marilyn Mosier Gatta.
Toni was a 1977 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. She attended Youngstown State University and graduated from Kent State University with an RN degree.
She started her career as a registered nurse at St. Joe's in Warren. After taking leave to raise and spend time with her children, she became employed as a nurse at Howland Glen Elementary School since 2004.
Toni was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren and was involved in the Howland Boosters. She loved, cared and always gave to her family and friends. Nursing and taking care of others was what she lived for. She incredibly enjoyed cooking, dancing, music, watching sports and attending her children's sporting events.
She will be deeply missed by her mother, Marilyn "Mickey" Gatta of Niles; her husband, John A. Ross II of Howland, whom she married July 19, 1986; three sons, John A. Ross III, Kevin L. Ross and Sean Ross; a daughter, Alexis Ross, all of Howland; a brother, Dominic (Charlotte) Gatta of Niles; six sisters, Pat (Butch) Gelet of Hubbard, Sandy (Gabe) Marchionte of McDonald, Gerri (George) Rohan of North Lima, Marilyn (Charlie) Davis of Niles, Heidi (Jim) Swift of Niles and Katrina "Tina" (Steve) Brill of Howland; a sister-in-law, Renee (Rocky) Maiorca of Cortland; a brother-in-law, Joe Ross of Cleveland; a brother-in-law, Brian (Kim) Ross of Howland; beloved nieces and nephews; and her loving animals, Zeke, Mario, Spooky, Bubba, Lulu, Nala, Coco, Otis, Boo and Rossini.
Toni was preceded in death by her father, Dominick Gatta; father- and mother-in-law, Joseph M. and Dolores Ross; and brother-in-law, Kevin L. Ross.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to The Toni Ross Spirit Scholarship Howland Community Scholarships Foundation, 8200 South St., Warren, OH 44484; Animal Welfare League, 545 Brunstetter Road S.W., Warren, OH 44481; American Cancer Society, 959 U.S. 9, Queensbury, NY 12804; or Oblate Sisters, 50 Warner Road, Hubbard, OH 44425.
Family and friends may email condolences or sign the guestbook by visiting www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.