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Delores Irene Baross

DULUTH, Minn. - Delores Irene Baross, 77, of Ironwood, passed away on Aug. 23, 2019, in Duluth, Minn. surrounded by her loving family.

Delores was born April 17, 1942, in Ironwood to Edward and Ingrid (Maki) Puranen. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1969 and attended classes at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.

In Sept. 1960, she was married to Virgil LeeRoy Baross. Together they ran the local cab company for numerous years.

Delores delivered meals on wheels for Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency until her retirement.

She had numerous hobbies including sewing, attending her grandchildren's sporting events, going to the casino, playing Bingo with Virgil and Krisy, and watching her Packers and Red Wings and other sports on TV.

Delores is preceded in death by her parents; Edward and Ingrid; her husband, Virgil; two sons, Ricky and Daniel "Danny" Baross; grandson, Timothy Rock; great-grandson, Landon Rock; brother, Willard Puranen; and her travel companion, John Raykovich.

She is survived by her children, Randy Baross, Ironwood, James (Renee) Baross, Hurley, Virgil (Kristy) Baross, South Range, Wis., Teresa (Keith) Rock, Ironwood, Patti (Jim) Milnar, Oakdale, Minn., Tina Baross, Ironwood, Lori (Dave Vernetti) Baross, Ironwood and Debra (Frank Lahti) Benjamin, Montreal, Wis .; grandchildren, Kenny, Jeff, Joe and Lee Rock, Holly Mattson, Nathan and Ryan Baross, Misty Johnson, Brandon, Randy Jr. and Phillip Baross,, Andrew and Sam Traczyk, Cory Benjamin, Melissa and Matthew Milnar, Hayley Baross, Joshua Carlson, Carter Soulia, Justin Niemi, Megann and JJ Grasso, and Robert, Zachary and Tyler Baross; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy Wickline, Dacula, Ga; sisters-in-law, Susan Puranen, Kokomo, Ind. and Dolores Mattson, Iron Belt, Wis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Delores will be greatly missed by her family. She was the rock, the heart and soul of the Baross family. She had the patience of a saint, and she always put her family's needs before her own. She was loved and admired by everyone she encountered.

Our family would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for the wonderful and compassionate care they provided Delores during her last days and to Beacon Ambulance.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5120 E. Margaret Street in Ironwood Township at 1 p.m., preceded by a visitation from noon until the time of service.

Pallbearers will be Randy, Virgil and Zachary Baross, Lee Rock, Neil Gilbertson, and Ronald Niemi Jr.

A luncheon will follow the burial at the Aurora Club, 101 Penokee Road, Ironwood.

Interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Iron Belt, Wisconsin.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is assisting the family. For more information or to express online condolences, please visit

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