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“Ann I miss you more as each day passes!Your mental strength overrode your physical abilities, because of your never give up attitude,you helped me...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: frank ross - burnt hills, NY

“I will always remember Ann .She was an amazing strong woman.She amazed me with all she could do in her condition..I miss her stories and the many...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa Volgarino - Burnt hills, NY

“I'm thinking of Ann and remembering her fondly -- she always had such a positive attitude and accepted whatever came her way. When I think of her, I...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Gloria Kudzin - Amsterdam, NY

“RIPso sorryAmy ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Lupi - cohoes, NY

“Thoughts and prayers to the entire family for your lossAmy Lupi ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Amyelia Lupi - Cohoes, NY

“I'm so sorry Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Darlene and Terry Horton - NY

“Gary I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great person. I liked her very much! I'm really sorry about your dad as well. Our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Darlene and Terry Horton - NY

“Gary, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a strong and wonderful lady. You are in my thoughts. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Amanda Ferraro - Galway, NY

“So sorry Gary for your great losses! You had a wonderful Mother in Ann. She was a great step mother to my children many years ago. They loved her....Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Kate and Tom Hart - Clearwater,, FL

“I meet my friend Ann 21 years ago at a graduation party and we've been friends ever since. We both have something in common and that was Scleroderma...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Irene Mulyca - Charlleston, NY

“Gary, Linda and family, I haven't seen Ann only a few times since she left Wells and then I left. She was a good friend, person and very strong. We...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Fuller - Malabar, FL

“Linda and John so sorry for your loss, Please know that your family is being held up in prayer. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Laura Morehouse - Lake Pleasant, NY

“DEAR ANN, I CALLED YOU LOLLY I WAS THINKING OF ALL YOUR FAMILY AND WAS THINKING I ALWAYS CALLED YOU PETI,FOR SOME REASON IT CAME OUT LOLLY PLEASE...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: WILLIAM HANLEY - ROTTERDAM, NY

“Gary so sorry to hear of your Mom's and your Dad's passing. I didn't know your Dad, but from all the posts I have read, he must have been an...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Patricia Viola - Wells, NY

“"LOLLY" MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, AND NOW YOUR WITH YOUR MOM,DAD, AND YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTER. YOU HAVE LEFT US ALL A MEMORY FROM A LONG TIME AGO BACK...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: WILLIAM HANLEY - rotterdam, NY

“Ann was a person that never complained. She will be missed. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jack Pacelli - Schenectady, NY

“Ann was one of the kindest people I've ever known. She was sick for so long yet she never complained. Ann was the type of person to give you her...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Pacelli - Pattersonville, NY


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BURNT HILLS – Ann Birch, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville.
Ann was born on August 11, 1943 to the late Walter and Mary Gross in Schenectady, she was one of 11 children.
Ann courageously battled Scleroderma for 31 years and lung cancer for 3 years. Ann was a great role model. She was always giving and caring. She was very brave and strong, a good friend to many. She will be greatly missed.
Ann was predeceased by her brothers, Edward P. Gross and Robert C. Gross, a sister, Catherine 'Kay' (Carl) Olszewski; a sister-in-law, Rona Gross, two brothers-in-law, Steve Sosnowski, and William Haines.
She is survived by her devoted son, Gary D. Birch, and his wife Melissa; two step-grandsons, Bradley and Bryce, all of Burnt Hills; her brothers, John H. Gross, Walter (Patricia) Gross, Jr., all of Schenectady, Richard (Lorie) Gross, of Glenville and Larry Gross, of Rotterdam; her sisters, Alice Sosnowski and Sylvia Haines, all of Schenectady, Linda (John) Stuart and their children, Jessi and Buddy all of Wells; sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Janice Gross; many nieces and nephews also survive.
Services will be held privately at Ann's request. Burial will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery, Rotterdam.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to the Steffens Scleroderma Foundation, Box 38037, Albany NY 12203or Mountain Valley Hospice,108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.
For online condolences please visit www.rossiditorofuneralhome.com