Cartwright Funeral Homes


ROSSI, Mary Theresa (Owens), 91.8, a long-time resident of Randolph, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded with love at home on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 5 am.

Mary was born on May 26, 1928 the daughter of the late John Owens and the late Mary (Maloney) Owens. She was predeceased by her sister Teresa Liberty and her brother Albert Hayes.

Mary was the dearly loved wife for 57+ years of the late Tobin ‘Toby’ Rossi. Beloved Mom of Carol Rossi, Nana of Francesca Rossi and Mom through marriage of Ann Rossi. Mary was known as “Aunty May” to her family, a nickname affectionately bestowed by her husband, as she was born in the month of May. She leaves behind her beloved nephews Jimmy Navarro and David Navarro and their wives Wanda Navarro and Paula Navarro. and their children who she loved as grandchildren, Jeffrey, Peter, Stefanie, Justin and Haley.

She was the Aunt, Great Aunt, and Cousin to the Navarro, Cristoferi, Liberty, Hayes, Owens, McKenna and Geurriero families. Mother of the late John Rossi. Mary is survived by many relatives and friends who will sadly miss her.

Mary was born in Boston and grew up on School Street in Dorchester as a member of St. Peter’s parish. She attended Mount Saint Joseph Preparatory in Boston. She was described in school as happy, bright, and always dancing. She lived a long, full and loving life despite having the first case of lead poisoning in Boston and having to be carried by her father to Carney hospital, before ambulances, after a burst appendix. Despite her diminutive size, multiple comorbidities and end stage cardiac disease, she was a determined woman embodied with a strength of spirit and faith until her final days.

She met her husband at Chez-Vous Roller Skating Rink, through a group of friends while attending dance classes offered by Moseley’s on the Charles. They married Thanksgiving Day 1951 celebrating with a Kosher style turkey dinner. More than sixty years ago, they built a loving welcoming home in Randolph raising a family and enjoying many celebrations. Their interests surrounded them with long term and beloved friends through childhood pals, neighbors, former work acquaintances, and group activities which included the Braeburn Club, Jim Beam Bottle Club, senior computer classes; and later in life, through the West Highland White Terrier Club of New England with her daughter.

Her greatest joy was time spent with family and friends, reading, dining out and enjoying her beloved dogs, Beckett, Coco, and the late Brodie. She was a woman embodied with a kind and loving heart who provided counsel and support whenever needed. She had a way of always making people feel better and loved. Her genuine warmth is a loss for those who were fortunate to know her and hopefully ever a source for a smile of remembrance.

Mary was grateful for all the love and support from her family, friends, clergy and care staff, especially friend Ann Rezendes and her daughter Donna, cousin Tom Cristoferi, nephew Steven Liberty, Deacon Tom of Saint Bernadette’s, private aide Marjorie, aides of the former South Shore VNA Homecare division and the amazing care from the staff of Old Colony Hospice for 2.7 years. All were a great comfort and enriched her life daily. Mary supported many charities in her lifetime and it was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care., 321 Manley Street West, Bridgewater, MA. 02379; P: 1-800-370-1322, F: 781-297-7345.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting hours, Sunday, February 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 North Main Street, Randolph, MA. 02368, A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, February 3, 10:00 a.m., at Saint Bernadette’s Church, 1031 North Main Street, Randolph, MA. Interment at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, 245 North Street, Randolph, MA.

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