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ROSSI – Shirley Eileen (nee Vessey)

August 28, 1932 – February 4, 2010

Shirley Eileen Rossi passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the age of 77 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Olindo Rossi in 2001. Shirley was born in Charlottetown, PEI on August 28, 1932, and came to Calgary in 1959. She enjoyed coffee with her friends, bingo, and working Saturdays with Roma Catering until she was no longer able to do it. She had many friends over the years, and will be missed by all who knew her. Shirley will be sadly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Monika; and her daughters, Dianna (Tim), and Susan (Iggy). She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Anthony, Melissa, Roberto, Rebecca, Sarah, Stephanie, and Kiara. She is also survived by two siblings, Gen and David, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Catholic Church (1714 – 14th Avenue N.E.) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Mausoleum. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. We wish to extend our thanks to all the staff of the Bow Valley Lodge and the outstanding staff of the Southwood Hospice for their care and compassion, as well as all her friends and family who came to visit Shirley.

In living memory of Shirley Rossi, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Colleen Weber :

    I extend my sympathies to all of the family and friends of Shirley Rossi. I never got to meet her, but I feel I’ve known her through my son Tim, and my daughter-in-law Dianna, and their sweet girls Melissa and Rebecca. Their love was palpable and she will be so missed. God Bless.
    Sincerely, Colleen Weber

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  2. dave and marylynne jackson(fran's brother and wife} :

    Thinking of you all at this time and in the coming days. Dave and Marylynne Jackson

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  3. My Aunt Shirley was one of a kind, that mischeivious grin that she would come with and the warm smile she had for everyone. She always made everyone feel welcome at anytime or any place. I remember once she was watching my daughter and she said how she was such a good little girl and I said she got it from me and Shirley told me I was full of ^()%%*&). She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Sorry I won’t be there but my thoughts are with you Dale, Dianna and Susan. Gary Vessey

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  4. My Aunty Shirley. When I was young I went and stayed at her place in Calgary. It was stampede time and she would let us watch the fireworks from their front yard. When I got older I entered in the rodeo steer riding and she kept saying are you crazy? I could go on and tell alot more stories but I will say that she will be missed by one and All. Love to Suzi, Dianna, & Dale. Love your cousin Kimmy.

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  5. Joshua Dalledonne :

    I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to the Rossi family for their incredible loss.

    Shirley had an enormous impact on my life – especially as the beloved babysitter. I fondly remember eating lunch with Shirley beside the little memorial spoons and the sound of The Price Is Right in the background with Olindo there. She will be sorely missed and I wish I could be there to share in this grief with you in person.

    Again, my best wishes to all of you.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Joshua Dalledonne

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  6. Sharon Slimmon Nee (Aquin) :

    My Deepest Sympathy goes out to
    Dianna, Dale, Sue and your Families.
    Your Mom was beautiful inside and out.
    She will be truly missed.

    Thinking of you.

    Sharon Slimmon (Nee: Aquin)

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  7. Kathy and Claudio Dalledonne :

    To Dale, Dianne and Sue. So very sorry for your loss. Shirley had such an impact on us all. Such a caring and giving sole. The best caregiver to our boys Joshua, Marco and Daniel.

    Our Love and Prayers to you all.

    Claudio and Kathy Dalledonne

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  8. Phyllis Kirchhofer :

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Dianna, Sue and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know your Mom will be surely missed.

    Phyl, Tiffany & Cody

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  9. Dianna, Tim, Melissa and Rebecca

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you during this time. You have travelled a long path during your Mom’s illness and your everlasting love and support by her side gave her strength. Know in your hearts that she is at peace and with the angels now.

    Ben, Lori, Tyra, Lauren and Eden

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  10. Syd and Sylvia Duffill & Family :

    Our deepest sympathy. Shirley was a very special person, whose loving presence and joy will continue to live in our memories. May your own happy memories be a comfort to you now.

    You are in our thoughts. With love and blessings.

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  11. Cris Nannarone :

    A Tribute – Our Journey

    During our journey through this life, we are taught many lessons from many teachers,
    our first are our greatest.

    From our first breath to unsteady first steps, we are taught to stand strong,
    Encouraged to move forward, one foot ahead of the other,
    we are taught to walk, then we learn to run,
    –our journey has begun,

    As we grow we are given and taught the basic necessities required for daily living
    through years of training, and instruction,
    –our education continues.

    We are instructed and learn quickly, eagerly and patiently everyday
    who we are, who we want to be and how to accept who we are becoming,
    –our journey continues.

    We are taught how to conduct ourselves in public, in private and in business,
    –our education continues.

    We learn how to work, provide, love, interact, respect others and raise families,
    –our journey continues.

    But from all the obstacles we overcome,
    from all the knowledge we gain,
    from all the lessons we are taught,
    from all the countless teachers we meet along the way,
    none are as important, loving, forgiving, supportive, harsh or forever unforgettable
    as the two that come together to create—from LOVE—
    the life force that brings us crying and screaming into this world.

    Through all of our life lessons, NOT ONE teaches our hearts how to say good-bye
    to the most important ones responsible for our very existence.

    Through our living we have to learn and accept this lesson on our own.
    No matter what our relationship with them is, was or used to be,
    we now will learn what loss and lost truly is.

    As we were at the beginning, again we are in pain, unsteady, crying and afraid.
    but we MUST stand strong, we MUST move forward, one foot ahead of the other,
    we MUST continue to learn and continue to teach to others,

    we MUST LIVE in TRIBUTE to the teachers that created us, raised us, sacrificed for us and gave us the freedom and opportunity to become who and what we are and who and what we want to be.

    They’re legacy, our very lives is they’re gift to us
    our gift to them — is to complete OUR JOURNEY.
    Cristino S. Nannarone

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  12. Cris Nannarone :

    Dale,
    My deepest condolences to you and you’re family my friend.

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  13. Frank Cicciarello & Family :

    Shirley was a wonderfull person and we will always remember her fondly.
    We are sorry we could not attend her funeral service.
    Our Deepest condolences and best wishes to the Rossi family.

    Frank, Tanyah, Maurizio, and Family.

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  14. Dale, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. She was a great lady and I have many nice memories of her kindness, laughter and her great smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sisters and all your families in this difficult time.

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  15. To Dale, Dianna and Susan;
    From myself and the Panigutti family…our thoughts are with you.

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