Rose Rossi


Rose Rossi, a resident of Dunmore, passed away Tuesday in the Moses Taylor Hospital after a brief    illness.  She was the widow of August “Gus” Rossi who died November 19, 2001.


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 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton by Rev. Joseph Sica, a cousin of the family.


Friends may call Friday from 4-7pm 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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  1. Louis J. Genovese

    Dear Phil;

    I am so sorry about the passing of your mom. She was like a mom to me for so many years during our junior high and senior high school years. I know how close your were to mom and I feel terrible today more so because I am so far away. I wish I could be there for you, I hope that you understand. My prayers are with you, she is probably in a better place God bless her soul. I will see you when I am back in Dunmore during the summer. Best wishes to all, love you brother.

    Lou Genovese

  2. Kathy LoRusso

    Dear Phil and Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve known Rose my whole life, she was a constant in our neighborhood and I have many fond memories of her. I still have a pair of slippers that she made me. I remember one summer evening some of the neighborhood was gathered at Marcia’s, across the street from your Mom and in strolled your Mom and Dad. Rose then proceeded to send your Dad for his guitar and to the store for some snacks. What followed was a wonderful evening with friends that lasted well into the early hours.
    I know this is a difficult sad time for you, but soon memories will bring a smile. I will miss her.

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