Ellen Rossi (McCarthy)

June 19, 1922- Septem­ber 15, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Ellen passed away at her home in San Fran­cisco on Septem­ber 15th sur­rounded by the love of her fam­ily. Ellen McCarthy was born in Ross, Cal­i­for­nia in 1922 to Nora and Wil­liam McCarthy. Her fam­ily moved from Sausal­ito to Sonoma dur­ing her youth. She grad­u­ated from Sonoma Val­ley High School and moved to San Fran­cisco to at­tend SFSU. Dur­ing that time, she met Vic­tor Rossi and to­gether they shared their love of the out­doors.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Cather­ine Ros­siRoos (Mark), Dr. Ju­dith Rossi (Vir­ginia, Bran­don, Jared and Melissa), Vic­tor Rossi (Eileen), Robert Rossi (Jane, Alexan­dra, Tess, Jack and Graham), Carol Rossi, five great grand­chil­dren: Austyn, Gracey, Aubre­anna, Lu­cille, and Tip­ton, many nieces and neph­ews and sis­ter-in­law, Su­san Gans-McCarthy.

A vet­eran and a mem­ber of the great­est gen­er­a­tion, Ellen was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Vic­tor, their first child Ellen Carol, sis­ters Lil­lian Mat­ulich, Lu­cille McCarthy, Cather­ine The­berge, and brother Wil­liam McCarthy.

Upon grad­u­at­ing from St. Mary’s School of Nurs­ing in 1944, she en­listed in the US Navy dur­ing World War II and served as an of­fi­cer and nurse at Whid­bey Island, WA. Af­ter her mil­i­tary ser­vice, she mar­ried Dr. Vic­tor L. Rossi and to­gether, they made their home in San Fran­cisco and were mar­ried over 50 years.

As her fam­ily grew, she be­came a full-time mother, rais­ing her five chil­dren. She served as a Girl Scout Leader, PTA mem­ber, dis­tin­guished pres­i­dent of Loy­ola Guild and a chap­ter of­fi­cer of the Cal­i­for­nia Re­tired Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. Ellen loved life and was an ex­cel­lent seam­stress, chef, snow skier, wa­ter skier, swim­mer, hiker, and avid trav­eler.

She and her hus­band Vic­tor, built a va­ca­tion home in South Lake Tahoe in 1953 and cre­ated a life­time of cher­ished mem­o­ries with fam­ily and friends. Strong bonds of Tahoe friend­ships are still part of the fam­ily cir­cle. Mom and the fam­ily en­joyed life­long friend­ships with sev­eral school ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers, school staff mem­bers all of which shared the Rossi fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences through Vic­tor’s pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships.

She was a warm and gen­er­ous per­son. She guided her chil­dren through many life lessons in­clud­ing learn­ing to swim the cold waters of Lake Tahoe, ski­ing with wood tip skis at Echo Sum­mit, hik­ing in Yel­low­stone, rid­ing mules in the Grand Canyon and so much more.

A teacher at heart to her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, Ellen set lofty goals and had high ex­pec­ta­tions. She taught us how to live a good life, em­body a strong faith, be coura­geous and treat ev­ery­one with re­spect and dig­nity, re­gard­less of dif­fer­ences.

In re­cent years, she en­joyed fam­ily time with chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. She hosted many par­ties at her homes in San Fran­cisco and Lake Tahoe where friends, fam­ily and neigh­bors were al­ways wel­come to join in the fun. Her sense of hu­mor and wel­com­ing spirit cre­ated last­ing mem­o­ries for all who met her.

Our fam­ily would like to thank the ded­i­cated staff at Ir­ish Help at Home for the amaz­ing care pro­vided to Mom. We would also like to thank Cather­ine Domingo for her ded­i­ca­tion and com­pas­sion in her care for Mom.

Fam­ily and friends are in­vited for visi­ta­tion on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19th, start­ing at 4:00PM with a Rosary at 7:00PM at Dug­gan’s Serra Mor­tu­ary, 500 West­lake Av­enue, Daly City.

On Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20th at 10:00AM, a Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated at Saint Stephen Church, 451 Eu­ca­lyp­tus Drive in San Fran­cisco. In­tern­ment at Holy Cross Ceme­tery in Colma, Cal­i­for­nia.

In lieu of flow­ers please do­nate to the char­ity of your choice.

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