Cecile J. Rossi (aka "Ma Rossi") passed away on July 5, 2017, only six months after celebrating her 100th birthday in January this year with her family and friends. She had been a resident of Kern River Valley since August 2016.
Cecile was the youngest of 10 children born to Alfred and Delvina Dupius on January 5, 1917, in Salem, Mass. As a child she attended school at St. Joseph's Parochial School in Waterville, Maine, where she discovered her talent for painting. Her love for the Lord led her to become a nun at the school she attended. She began teaching art at various grade levels at St. Joseph's. She continued teaching for several years before leaving the order. In 1952, at the age of 35, Cecile married Michael A. Rossi, Sr., and had two sons, Michael and Alfred.
Cecile has always been a devout Catholic and a deeply spiritual woman. She spent her later years in Twentynine Palms, Calif. where she organized a group called "The Centurions." The group was made up of volunteer marines at Twentynine Palms Marine Base who participated in various community projects to aid the elderly.
Ma Rossi is survived by her two sons, Michael, Jr., and Alfred; two grandsons, Andrew and Michael; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael A. Rossi, Sr.
Ma Rossi died peacefully at the Kern Valley Nursing Home. Her memorial service will be at Kernville United Methodist Church on August 12, 2017 at 11 a.m.