HUNTLEY – Richard A. Rossi, 58, of Huntley, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin surrounded by his family.|
He was born Sept. 28, 1954, in Chicago, the son of Andrew and Mary (Nitti) Rossi. On April 21, 1984, he married Brenda Tessmer in Huntley.
Rick served more than 25 years in law enforcement. He proudly served as Huntley's police chief from the early '80s until the mid '90s. Most recently, Rick was the director of transportation for School District 158, and was a part-time police officer on weekends for the Holiday Hills Police Department until his illness prevented him from doing so.
Rick enjoyed cooking for family gatherings and grilling out for his co-workers at the District 158 administration offices. You often could find him walking or running with his dog Marshall around town. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Joseph Hospital, especially nurse Karen and all of the ICU nurses for their excellent care of Rick during the last few months.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daughter, Deanna of Sycamore; his mother, Mary of North Carolina; his sisters, Maria (Joe) Williams of Wisconsin, Michelle (Sam) Mazzulo of North Carolina and Melissa (Brad) Martin of Arkansas; his in-laws, Bobbi (John) Drafall of Huntley, Brian (Brook Stock) Tessmer of Harvard and Becky (Dave) Gunger of Rolling Meadows; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; his father- and mother-in-law, Donald and Bobbie Tessmer; his paternal grandparents, Gaetano and Aurora Rossi; and his maternal grandparents, Dominic and Josephine Nitti.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St., Huntley, and will continue from 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the church until the 11 a.m. funeral service with the Rev. Charles W. Kittel officiating. Burial will be in Huntley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or the
James A. O'Connor Funeral Home in Huntley is assisting the family. For information, call 847-669-5111 or visit www.jamesaoconnorfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Mar. 9, 2013