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“Shirley was a lovely lady and a stalwart Republican. Always smiling and full of energy, she epitomized the best in our country. She lived a long...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jeanne J. Smoot - Raleigh, NC

“Had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Shirely Rossi during the time i worked with Mr. Rossi at The Athey Products Corp. On occasion she would come by and...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Sandy Kennedy - Wake Forest, NC

“To the Family of Shirley Rossi, Please accept our deepest and most sincere sympathy in your recent loss of Shirley. She was such a wonderful and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Marilyn Wilson - Raleigh, NC

“I remember Shirley, as many years ago I had pleasure of knowing her through our mutual friend Virginia Barbee Eagle, when Virginia lived in Foxcroft....Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Gen Koeppl - Raleigh, NC

“Frank and Jon, Thinking of you at this time. Willard ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Willard Barbee - Raleigh, NC

“My condolences to the family of Shirley Rossi. I am so sorry I can't come to the funeral I have no way to get to Raleigh now. My thoughts are with...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Chris Moss

“Shirley will certainly be missed by all who knew her. She lived such a full life, not just in years, but also in character and love. I'll never...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tony Abbate - Studio City, CA

“Shirley was a friend of my grandmother, Louise Gay. They exercised together for many years and went shopping and on lunches and beach trips. Prayers...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Christin Wilson - Clayton, NC



Shirley Rossi, 91, passed away into the arms of her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2013. Shirley was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 14, 1921. It was there that she met and married the love of her life, Frank Rossi. They have resided in Raleigh since 1964.

Shirley was a devoted wife and mother. She served on the Board of Directors for Hilltop Home, and served as an officer of the Raleigh Republican Women's Club. She had a love for traveling, playing bridge, painting and fishing. She will always be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, her kind sweet spirit and her vitality for living life to the fullest.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11:00 am at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:45 to 10:45 am. Burial will follow the service at Raleigh Memorial Park.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Frank Rossi, son, Jon Rossi and his wife, Tracie and a granddaughter, Amanda Rossi, all of Raleigh. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Lillian Strezishar of Des Plaines, IL, sister-in-law, Emma Kelley and her husband, Richard of Arlington Heights, IL and several special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Florence Johnson, brothers, Clarence Walter "Lefty" Johnson, Russell Johnson, Richard Johnson, and a sister, Elaine Johnson.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Hilltop Home, PO Box 46749, Raleigh, NC 27620-6749.

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