Rose Rossi, a resident of Dunmore, passed away Tuesday in Moses Taylor Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of August "Gus" Rossi, who died Nov. 19, 2001.
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Born December 25, 1921 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Rosalie Micciche Melia. Along with being a devoted wife and mother, Rose also operated her own dress business and was very proud of the fact that she was the first woman in Dunmore to run for tax collector. Rose was a woman of great Catholic faith.
Rose was the matriarch of our family. She loved holding court and was the happiest telling stories of her past. She fiercely loved her family and was a strong, independent woman.
Rose is survived by her loving family including her son, Philip J. and his wife, Cindy; her daughter in law, Mary Rossi; granddaughters, Maria Cahill and her husband, Steve; and Tina Golumbeski and her husband, Jesse; her dedicated caregiver and grandson, Matthew Rossi; great-grandchildren, Veronica Rose and Clark August; sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Ken Bittner; nephews, and her niece, Betty Ann Hicks, who Rose often referred to as the daughter she never had.
She was preceded in death by her son, journalist Frank Rossi, who died in 1992; sister, Elizabeth Sciabarassi; brothers, Sam and Jim Melia and Tony Beloma.
The family requests that anyone attending the funeral to go directly to the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, by Rev. Joseph Sica, a cousin of the family.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Challenger Little League, 20 Fig Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or donor's favorite charity.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 12, 2014