Mark O. Rossi

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WILLIAMSTOWN - Mark Oliver Rossi, 58, of Therriault Hill Road, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his home with his family at his bedside. He was diagnosed with cancer 20 months ago.

Born in Barre March 26, 1954, he was the son of Oliver "Midge" and Beverly (Sanderson) Rossi. Mark had attended Barre schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1972, being an outstanding football player, playing in the Shrine Bowl, and had been recruited by several colleges.

On Aug. 13, 2012, he married Dr. Arliene M. Pearson in Morgan.

His whole adult life had been spent in the auto sales business and most recently was the owner of the Vermont Auto Brokers on the Graniteville Road in Barre Town. Previously he was recognized as an outstanding salesman of Subaru automobiles at the Car Store in Norwich.

He enjoyed snowmobile and motorcycle racing, four-wheeling, Thunder Road racing, hunting and fishing, snow and water skiing, spending time at the family cottage on Groton Pond and at Seymour Lake with family and friends.

Mark belonged to the Morgan Church, the Mutuo Inc., the Lake Groton Association and was a life member of the Barre Elks Lodge 1535.

Survivors include his wife, Arliene Pearson, and children, Christopher Rossi and his wife, Ellen, and Anthony Rossi, Kimberly Vogt and her husband, John Michael Hurley, and Briana Rosato and her husband, Angelo, as well as Justin, Brandon, Vui, Lydia, Anya, Sena, Andrusha, Tanner, Collin, Chad, Lauren, Corin Kwasnik and Xuan (Kwasnik) Goewey, and six grandchildren: Aksel, Dominic, Alicia, Emma, Mollie and Hana.

Also surviving is his sister, Judith Rossi-Perkins, sister-in-law Connie Rossi, nieces Lynn Ryan and her husband, Russell, and Angela Rossi and nephew Brian Perkins and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Alan Rossi.

His life will be remembered and celebrated Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the East Barre Congregational Church with the pastor Mike De Sena of the Morgan Church officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan Church, memo: Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 234, Morgan, VT 05853 or to the Green Mountain Water Skiers, P.O. Box 877, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
Published in Times Argus from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, 2012
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