MARJORIE ROSSI ORISTIAN
Marjorie "Babe" Rossi Oristian, 89, of Bedford Court in Silver Spring, Maryland died December 25, 2012 of natural causes.
A native of Auburn, NY, Mrs. Oristian started playing the harp at the age of nine and became quite accomplished. She was offered a scholarship to the famed Julliard School of Music. Instead of pursuing a career in music, she chose to attend the College of New Rochelle where she earned a degree in Business Administration. After graduation in 1944, she worked for her father at the Procino-Rossi Pasta Corporation where she handled the accounting and business affairs of the company.
In 1949, she married the late Dr. Steven Oristian, also of Auburn, and moved to Maryland where they lived until her husband's retirement in 1989. During that period, she raised their six sons and was active in numerous church, school and medical community activities.
After her husband's retirement, they moved back to their home in Auburn and lived on Owasco Lake. Shortly after her husband's death, she moved back to Maryland to be close to her family.
She is survived by five sons, Steven of Gaithersburg, MD, Eric of Rockville, MD, Mark of Throop, NY, Karl of Centreville, MD and Peter of Rockville, MD; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Paul, in 1963.
Viewing at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring, Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral at Shrine of St. Jude, 12701 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, MD 20853, Monday at 11 a.m.