Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Gross, 71, passed away Nov. 13, 2017, at her home on the Winchuck River, after a four-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Bobbie lived her life according to her philosophy of respect and kindness to all.

She was born Nov. 4, 1946, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Georgiana and Al Buzicky.

Bobbie became the role model for her sisters Patty and Susie. Her interest in the natural world began early. She spent summers at the family lake cabin near Pine City, Minnesota, swimming, boating, picking berries and exploring Sam Carlson’s woods with her sisters and cousins.

She met Ed, her soulmate, while in college. She immediately knew Ed was the man she wanted to share her life.

They were married Aug. 3, 1968, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The couple lived in the Winchuck Valley since 1982, raising their sons Tristan and Andy.

A naturalist, Master Gardener, teacher, hiker and chef, Bobbie lived her life fully. She taught in the Indian Education Program at Kalmiopsis Elementary School before retiring. She was an avid master gardener and thoroughly enjoyed the volunteer experiences and friendships she made. Special friends were also made during her work with the Winchuck Valley Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, a safety officer and as a pie coordinator for the annual chicken barbecue. Bobbie was the infamous “Cookie Lady” for the Trash dogs, rewarding the volunteers with her cookie treats.

Bobbie and Ed traveled extensively in the wildlands of western United States and Australia. They frequently visited their son Tristan and his partner Tatyana Nikolova in Texas. She and Ed were blessed by the birth of their grandson Elliot Orion Gross, son of Andy and his partner Jenny Sellier of Sydney, Australia.

Bobbie is survived by husband Ed; sons Tristan (Tatyana) and Andy (Jenny) and grandson Elliot; sisters Patty and husband Bill Jaeger, and Susie and husband Steve Fritze; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials in honor of Bobbie may be sent to the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, 821 S.E. 14th Ave., Portland OR 97214.

A celebration of Bobbie’s life will be announced at a later date.

Submitted by the family.