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Cross, Vera L.

It is with great sadness that the family of Vera Louise (Lenz) Cross announces her passing on Monday, January 25, 2023 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 97. Vera will be lovingly remembered by her three children; Kenneth, David, and Matthew. Vera will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren; Trevor, Jacob, Daniel, Elisabeth, Mitchell, Theodore and Ruth. Vera was predeceased by her husband Frank K. Cross who passed away in 2006.

Vera Graduated from the New England School of Art in 1947 where she met her husband Frank “Ken” Cross. They married in 1949 and raised three boys. Vera enjoyed a career in commercial art, specializing in fashion illustration, and later in life as a popular watercolorist, pastel portrait artist, and art teacher. In the early 1970’s, Vera was appointed director of the Attleboro Art Museum where she served for 13 years. She was an active member of the Sharon Creative Arts Association and the Art Associations of Sharon, Canton and Foxboro, being a recipient of many art show awards and prizes. Vera was also proud of her service as a volunteer at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. She was also a member of the Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon friends of Conservation.

A Funeral Service in memory of Vera will be held Tuesday, January 31st at 1 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High St., Westwood. Visiting hours are Monday, January 30th from 7-9 pm at the funeral home. Those who so desire may make a memorial donation in her memory to the Sharon Friends of Conservation, 45 Furnace St, Sharon, MA 02067

Guestbook Entries

  1. Lorraine Butler
    January 28th, 2023 | 4:23 pm

    She is now resting in peace

  2. Gary and June Blumenthal
    January 29th, 2023 | 1:02 pm

    Ken, Dave, and Matt… June and I were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We can still remember seeing one of her art exhibitions several years ago. With my mom passing almost a year-and-a-half ago I can now imagine the mothers of Lee Road still sitting out there on the front steps looking down on us kids as we came home from Heights Elementary! Rest in peace Mrs. Cross!

  3. Jackie Chados
    January 29th, 2023 | 9:16 pm

    My sincere and deepest condolences to the entire Cross family.

  4. January 30th, 2023 | 10:20 am

    I met Vera over 50+ yrs.ago through the Sharon arts, but really came to know her in her 80’s. Vera was beautiful, in and out, and oh so smart, witty, flamboyant,so admired for her exceptional talent as an artist. Yes, Vera would break into song and dance just hearing the sound of music, and so “sexy,”when one summer day she walked in her art group @ the Sharon Adult Center, where she taught pastel drawing, with short shorts on, showing off her attractive legs, Vera couldn’t talk enough about her family and her sons, who enabled her to remain in her home in her final years. I will forever cherish our friendship Vera.

  5. January 30th, 2023 | 6:14 pm

    Rest in peace,Vera.I first met you through the Sharon Creative Arts Association.I also visited you at your home where you showed me all your paintings hung on your walls.I remember the day you told me you couldn’t paint any more. Sad day for both of us.We will miss you.All of us; your family,your Sharon friends, your artist friends etc.

  6. Neil and Patti Kozol
    January 30th, 2023 | 8:54 pm

    Patti and I are very sorry to hear about Vera. Our hearts go out to Ken, Dave, and Matt and Vera’s grandchildren. It is a positive memory that she lived to age 97 to see her children and grand-children grow up. Profound condlences. Neil and Patti.

  7. Theresa Craddock
    January 31st, 2023 | 9:57 am

    My condolences to Vera’s family. Upon my first meeting with Vera many years ago the connection was instant. Her love of nature and the arts. Her love of humanity. Her sense of humor. Her tenacity! She was a bright and beautiful light. I was blessed to have her as a part of my life.

  8. Nancy Berger Wluka
    January 31st, 2023 | 2:41 pm

    Vera always smiling, delightful and an extremely talented artist. We will miss her as part of the art association. Our best to the family. Nancy and David Wluka

  9. elaine levin
    January 31st, 2023 | 4:35 pm

    Vera was such a wonderful person. She was a very good friend since l came to Sharon in 1967, and joined the Sharon creative Arts group.Vera was an amazing and talented artist.I have one of her paintings in my home and I love it.She did so many things in her long life, and we will all miss her enthusiasm, love of dance, and her wonderful spirit. She will be missed

  10. Kurt Buermann
    February 1st, 2023 | 3:18 pm

    Vera loved the natural spaces surrounding her home on Mountain Street in Sharon. Her family loved and explored the land and trails surrounding Rattlesnake Hill. She was a major force in the preservation of Rattlesnake Hill and its surrounding acreage as conservation land for future generations.
    I was fortunate to enjoy her tutelage in creating maps and, along with Sharon Boy Scouts and volunteers, establishing trails for all to enjoy.

    March 5th, 2023 | 6:56 pm

    I have two beautiful portraits by Vera hanging in my apartmwnt. What a wonderful, vivacious and talented person she was..And I was so happy to have David as one of my clarinet students..He has taken his music far..

    Vera, I’m sure you will enliven the heavens with your art.

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