Mary "Marie" Theresa Rossi

October 31, 1932January 28, 2021

With great sadness we announce, Mary (Marie) Theresa Rossi passed away peacefully Thursday January 28, 2021 at Hope Hospice in the care of her two youngest daughters. Marie was the oldest child of Elizabeth and Jeremiah Dooley born in the city of New York on Monday October 31,1932. Marie grew up in Astoria, Queens, raised her family in Lindenhurst, New York and moved to Ft. Myers, Florida in 1998 Marie ended her 30-year career in Human Resources at Lexington Country Club of Ft Myers in 2005. Marie was a devout member of the community at St Columbkille Parish and for many years volunteered at the Thrift Store. Marie had always been an active volunteer organizing blood drives with The American Red cross and as a poll worker in federal and local elections. Marie treasured her pink hardhat she wore while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Marie had a great love of the Opera, when living in New York she would get dressed up and take the LIRR to Lincoln Center, in recent years she enjoyed the Opera by going to the Bell Tower Theater in Fort Myers with her daughter Peggy to watch live simulcast performances. Some of her other passions were days at the beach, world travel and the company of good friends, new and old.

Above all else Marie was most proud of her role as Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Marie is survived by her children Denise Rossi and Rocco Sica, Elizabeth and Jack Hartley, Peggy and Kevin Mannix, William and Lisa Rossi jr., Maria and Andrew Willson, Sue Rossi Her grandchildren Eileen and John Scandariato, Rachel Sica, Brendan and Vicki Hartley, Rocco Sica and Chrissy Vandegrift, Louis and Kara Sica, Christopher Rossi-Nguyen, William Rossi III, Kyle Rossi and Adrian Douglass; great grandchildren Lucas Jackson Scandariato, Julian Rossi Sica and Anna Elizabeth Scandariato; her brother Daniel Dooley, her cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Brendan Jerome Dooley, husband William Joseph Rossi Sr. and her son Robert Louis Rossi.

A Celebration of life will be held at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church in Ft Myers, Florida on Friday April 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place. Marie will be interred with her husband Bill at Breslau Cemetery in Lindenhurst, New York.

Her family encourages you to share any memories or photos of Marie on this website.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross or the Heights foundation

"It is so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone." —JOHN STEINBECK


  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, April 16, 2021


Mary "Marie" Theresa Rossi

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Bobbette Williams

February 12, 2021

Rossi Family,
I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of the matriarch of your family! While I never had the pleasure of meeting Big Red I feel like I have known her for 20 years. Maria has been a very special part of my life and my family’s life for 20 years in Cali and has always gone beyond the call of friendship. She has stood by me in the darkest hours of my life with the loss of my mom and dad and nursing me back to health when I was sick. We would joke about how life would be for us if Big Red and the Stubborn Portugee were friends! We loved our mamas and they raised us to be strong women! I love you my sister more than you will ever know! Anything I can do to repay you and help to carry your pain I am here! The entire Rossi family has my sincerest condolences!

Nancie Leeton

February 12, 2021

Dear Rossi Family,
Your mom was one of the cool moms in my book growing up! When I think of her, I see her huge smile and can recall her wonderful laugh. She will be missed by many, forever.
So very, very sorry for your great loss.
Peace be with you,
Nancie Leeton

Deborah Dooley

January 31, 2021

To the Rossi family, Sending prayers and condolences on the passing of your Mom , Marie was a lovely lady her and My Dad Dan Dooley are cousins as I am sending this on behalf of the Dooley family with you all in thoughts may Marie RIP 🙏