Florence Clara Rossley

February 26, 1926April 2, 2018
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Florence “Sis” Clara Rossley, 92, of Duluth passed away suddenly Monday, April 2, 2018 at St. Mary’s Essentia Health Hospital following a severe heart attack on Easter morning.

Florence was born on February 26, 1926 to William and Clara Ion in Duluth. She grew up in Norton Park and, after marrying Robert L. Rossley, moved to what became her lifelong home. Florence spent the last months of her life living with her son, Jerry and his partner, Malisa. She was a graduate of Denfeld High School and retired from the Duluth News Tribune after 25 years of service.

Florence was an avid reader and knitter, donating an annual contribution of hats and mittens to Asbury United Methodist Church for their annual bazaar. Summers were spent at the beloved family cabin at Briar Lake surrounded by family and friends. She fine-tuned the art of estate sales, had making spritz cookies down to a science, could clean a stainless steal sink the “proper way”, beat anyone in a game of double solitaire and always had time for a cup of tea with a loved one.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; brothers, Bill, Jim, Tom, Bob, and George Ion.

Florence is survived by her children, Peggy (Steve) Fecker of Grand Rapids, Robert “Charlie” Rossley of Minneapolis, Gerald “Jerry” (Malisa Olsen) Rossley of Duluth, and Chris Rossley of St. Paul, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Gerry Nolin, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Mom will be remembered for her laughter, smiles, and all that she taught us. Her recipe box will live on.

Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N 56th Ave. West, Duluth. Please leave a memory of Florence or words of support for the family at


  • Peggy (Steve) Fecker, Daughter
  • Robert "Charlie" Rossley, Son
  • Gerald "Jerry" (Malisa Olsen) Rossley, Son
  • Chris Rossley, Son
  • Florence was a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was also survived by her sister-in-law, Gerry Nolin; and many nieces and nephews whom she remained close with.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Florence Clara Rossley

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Jin Stebe

April 9, 2018

I met Florence only recently at her son's Jerry's house with our
Domino group. The fact that he wanted to host, even though she was convalescing there showed us what a welcoming and outgoing person she truly was.
I'm sorry for your loss and know you were lucky to have her for your mother and friend.
Jim and Terri Stebe

Sabine Bartholdt

April 7, 2018

Florence was my neighbor on 43rd Ave West. I bought the house two doors up from hers in 1994. Florence welcomed me to the neighborhood and over the years we became friends. We talked about many things.... politics, recipes, our dogs, West Duluth, books. She was always positive and cheerful. I will remember her laugh and her generosity.

What a wonderful woman! God Bless Florence.

Barbara Ion

April 7, 2018

Although I knew Sis for a short time, we did have lots of laughs together.
I enjoyed being with her and her sharing stories about the Ion Clan.
She was the last of the family I grew to know.
I remember brother Bob, my husband, saying its Feb 26th, my suster's birthday , he NEVER forgot all those years.

Sincerely., Barb Ion

Cathy Bennett

April 7, 2018

In all of the years we were neighbors I always called her Mrs Rossley as so did my kids....She was always there to listen to the problems of the day and willing to help whenever she could. We had so much fun painting the house in Norton Park....I think we laugh as much as we painted! She lived a good life and was a friend to everyone...heaven has truly gained an angel and now she can help keep Bob in line!!!! Such a fun couple! Will think of her often and she will always be in a special place in my heart.
You kids were lucky to have a fun Mom!!!! Love Cathy Olson Bennett