William "Bill" Rossi, Sr., 84, of Rome, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 19, 2016 with his loving family by his side.
He was born on May 6, 1932 in Rome the son of Maurizio and Fermina Ceci Rossi, immigrants hailing from Alatri, Italy. He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy, class of 1951. He proudly served in the US Army infantry during the Korean War.
Following his service to his country, Bill married Sue Fusco, the love of his life, on July 12, 1958 at St. John the Baptist Church by the late Rev. Nicholas Maio. For the majority of his career he held various managerial positions for A&P, Chicago Markets and Great American concluding by working for the City of Rome.
In retirement, Bill's favorite hobbies included playing cards with his children and grandchildren, a die-hard Syracuse University basketball fan, a NY Yankee baseball fan, gardening and reciting the rosary daily.
Bill is survived by his beloved family, his wife of 58 years, Sue; a daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Kenneth Talarico of Marcy; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill Jr. and Gina Rossi of Marcy; his four cherished grandchildren, Kenny Talarico, Gianna Talarico, Anabella Rossi and Matia Rossi; a sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Tom Ziegler; cousins Lucy and Paul Fanelli and Geno and Maureen Gizzi with whom he shared a special bond, He was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Lawrence Lombardo; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Armand Lanzi and a cousin Anthony Gizzi.
Bill's sense of humor as well as his faith were unparalleled and he was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a devoted family man who derived all of his joy from spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday morning at 11:00 in St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio as celebrant. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery.
The family will receive relatives and friends in the Church from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Fund and the Rome Rescue Mission. Envelopes will be available at the Church.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.