Brenda Ann Felldin-Rossetti, 59, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, passed away peacefully on October 20th surrounded by family. For more than 17 years, Brenda fought a tireless battle with breast cancer.|
Brenda was the first of two daughters of Bettie and Roy Felldin. She is survived by them, her husband, her sister Lorie Minshull and her nephew Cameron. She was born and raised in Akron and attended Firestone High and Kent State. She transferred to Arizona State and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication and later an MBA.
She began her career in radio and later used her entrepreneurial skills to establish her own advertising/public relations firm. The firm handled many local and several national clients. She claimed that it was the smallest national agency in the world.
It was in advertising that she met and married the love of her life, Anthony Rossetti. She enjoyed planning parties and travel adventures for them and their friends.She used her media skills as a volunteer for the Phoenix Art Museum's fund raising functions. She served on the March of Dimes and had been active in the Phoenix Advertising Club.
But her real efforts were placed in supporting the refugees from war torn Sudan who immigrated to Arizona; they became known as the Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan. Brenda was President of the Board of Directors of the Lost Boys Center. She was a strong mentor to these women and men as they established lives, families and became American citizens. She had that rare combination of endless encouragement tempered by wise counsel.
Brenda was wonderfully kind with a twinkle in her eye and an ever present sense of humor. She was an avid reader with an enormous interest in the well-being of others.
No words adequately express how much we will miss her voice and smile, yet no amount of time will steal them from us.
A celebration of Brenda's life will be held at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10th. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development or the
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 28, 2012