Catherine Quinan Rossi died peacefully on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the age of 93. The story of this fiercely independent and gracious woman, devoted to both her family and her faith, began on September 14, 1921 in Glen Kinchie, Scotland. The oldest of six children, Catherine grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland surrounded by a large and loving family. Catherine served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
Catherine married Patrick Rossi on January 29,1948. The family emigrated to Shelby, North Carolina in 1952. Their oldest son, Chris was soon joined by three more children John, Steve and Theresa. The Rossi’s were an integral part in the life of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Catherine and Patrick became American Citizens on November 8, 1968. In 1988 Catherine’s beloved husband Patrick, passed away suddenly and in 1993 Catherine moved to Raleigh to be near her children and grandchildren in Raleigh and Durham. She was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over twenty years, volunteering at Catholic Parish Outreach and serving in the Alter Guild. Catherine is survived by her sister Jane Jaynes of Titusville, Florida and family; her brother James Quinan of Beaconsfield, England and family; and Sisters- in -Law Lillian and Ann Quinan and their families, all of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is also survived by her children, Chris, John, Steve and Theresa and their spouses, as well as by her much loved grandchildren Laura, Colin, Sean, Sarin, Brian and Quinan.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 24. Following the service the family will receive friends at a reception in the Fallon Center.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Parish Outreach, 2013 North Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27604, 919-873-0245.
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Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.