Aug 9, 1920-Sept 7, 2013
Resident of Lafayette
Angelo passed away peacefully on Sept. 7, 2013 at the age of 93. He leaves his wife of 68 years, Gloria Rossi, son James Rossi, daughter-in-law Nancy Rossi, granddaughter Jocelyn, grandson Justin Rossi and granddaughter-in-law Tasha Rossi.
Angelo was born in a small farmhouse just two blocks from where he passed in Reliez Valley of Lafayette. As of his passing, Angelo was the oldest "born in Lafayette" resident at the age of 93. Angelo, along with his two brothers Frank and Serafine, worked the Rossi ranch which covered 158 acres. Angelo was in the first Acalanes graduating class in 1941. He served with the 27th Infantry Division in the Army during WW II, participated in the invasion of Saipan and Okinawa where he was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. Upon his return from the service, Angelo married Gloria Bertero of San Leandro in 1945. Son James was born in 1949. Angelo and Gloria built the house on Angelo Street in 1951 and still live there today.
Angelo along with his two brothers had Rossi Brothers Furniture Shop on Mt. Diablo Blvd. for 31 years. They all retired in 1977. Angelo coached Little League in the Lafayette Youth Association for 5 years, and was involved in the Boy Scouts with son Jim.
Angelo and Gloria traveled extensively after retirement and were always active and involved with the grandkids while they were growing up.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Angelo Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Stephens Church in Walnut Creek. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Stephens Church or Hospice of the East Bay.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Sept. 10, 2013