Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

5800 W 12TH ST, Little Rock, AR


Susan Gail Ross

April 6, 1947December 31, 2019

Susan Gail Oberste Ross (Grandma Susie), 72, of North Little Rock, died Dec. 31, 2019 while spending the evening with her youngest grandson. She was born April 6, 1947, in Little Rock to George H. and Alleen R. Oberste.

She was educated at Our Lady of the Holy Souls School and Mount St. Mary Academy. After high school, she trained to become a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent where she obtained her nursing degree and embarked upon her 42 year career as a neo-natal intensive care unit nurse at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. Over her career she worked with her fellow nurses to save the lives of numerous fragile infants, ministered to their parents, and train others in this special calling to watch over these special babies.

When she wasn’t helping infants and their families, she was taking care of her own children. As a loving mother to 3 children, she provided a wonderful home of love, support, and creating memories with intention to launch them each into adulthood as responsible and contributing members to society. After this season of life, she transitioned into her greatest Ministry– giving herself to her 12 grandchildren in the role of “Grandma Susie”. This was her most beloved role and is how she is best remembered.

She will be remembered for her quiet, caring focus and steady presence for all. She was a great listener, and confidant to many, providing guidance and love to those who sought it.

Survivors are her daughter Jennifer L. Charlebois of Charles Town, West Virginia and husband Joel and their sons Christopher, Aaron, George and Henry; her daughter Robyn Schweizerhof of North Little Rock and husband Karl, their sons Ross, Eli, and Noah; and her son Jonathan D. Ross of Little Rock and wife Tara and their sons Miles, Aidan, Ethan, Benjamin, and daughter Julia. Also surviving are five siblings, David Oberste (Barbara), Paul Oberste (Jane), Linda Withrow (With), Carol Oberste, and Lisa Finne (Tim), each of Little Rock; and her very best friend in the world, Mary Vogler (her “Lucy and Ethel” best friend), and her sister-in-law Kathy Oberste, wife to Steve who preceded her in death. We take comfort in knowing that she has been reunited with her parents and her brother in heaven with her in the presence of our Lord.

Visitation will begin on Friday, January 3, at 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00pm in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healy & Roth, 5800 W. 12th St. Little Rock, AR. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4th at Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock with Fr. Warren Harvey, celebrant. Inurnment will follow at the garden columbarium at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in her name to Immaculate Conception Church or use the donation amount for a family beach trip!


  • Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Rosary Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 4, 2020


Susan Gail Ross

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Kitten Pearson

January 4, 2020

Susan was a caring, compassionate nurse & woman. She was always willing to help others in our nursing unit (SVI-Neonatal nursery). She helped make the night shift tolerable — it was easy to see how much she loved her children! I just discovered that I missed both services — but my prayers have been for peace & strength for her family & friends who will miss her very much!

Karen Martin

January 4, 2020

I worked with Susan for a short while at SVI ICN in the early 80's. As a new grad, I remember her amazing patience and kindness in teaching. She loved her kids and talked about them all the time. Mary and she shared a friendship like no other ~ praying for all her family!

Jan Lovell

January 3, 2020

The world lost a wonderful kind person when you left. You were a friend and mentor to so many. Prayers of comfort for your family. Rest well.

Bill House

January 3, 2020

My wife and I had breakfast after church with Susan and Mary. It was a wonderful experience learning about Susan’s life and family. Her kind and gentle approach addressing life’s challenges showed how well she could relate to and help everyone around her. Meeting her was a great experience for both of us. We are praying for her and her family.

Judy Rollins

January 3, 2020

I met Susan in Nursing School. She was always so sweet and gentle. I am so sorry for the family’s loss.
With heartfelt sympathy
Judy Watkins Rollins

Ann (Johnston) Dresser

January 3, 2020

This is the most beautiful tribute to Susan, and so sad. She was my roommate in Nursing School..I .really liked her. We did hook up a couple of times over the years..but not for a long time..I regret that. ..(and had a small gathering in the Fall..no one could reach her or get responses..we've all been concerned. )
Have loved the posts with her beautiful family...you can tell she was loved! Susan, can I be your "roomy" again in Heaven?😌💙

Ramona (Pollreis) Bourdo

January 3, 2020

I met Susan when she and I were Nursing Students at SVI in 1965.
I reconnected with her when I found out we both belonged to Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock. My condolences to her family.

diane wittig

January 3, 2020

Diane Wittig I worked with Susan in the nursery for about 10 years in the 1970s She was a wonderful nurse and person

Susan Johnson

January 3, 2020

Prayers for faith and comfort for the family. Heaven has gained a healing angel.

Gloria Lercher

January 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to Susan's family. Susan's children and grandchildren were blessed to have such a devoted supporter and Mary was fortunate to have such a faithful friend.