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Joan M. Rossi

Joan M. Rossi, age 76 entered eternal life August 6, 2017 at the Hospice of the Western Reserve after a brief illness. Joan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 1941, to the late Michael and Josephine (nee Kleinhenz) Koczan She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1959 and attended John Carroll University. Joan married her late husband Dominic on September 8, 1962 and they lived in Wickliffe before moving to Mayfield Heights in 1973. She worked as a school aid for St. Clare School for 25 years. Joan was a very active member of St. Clare Church where she oversaw BINGO and the church festival.

Joan is survived by her son Joseph Rossi (wife Pamela), daughter Ann
Rossi – Smerglia (husband Bruce); grandchildren Michael Rossi, Nicholas Rossi, Rebecca Rossi, Alex Smerglia and Amanda Smerglia; sister Theresa Lembach (husband Robert, M.D.); sister-in-law Pat Koczan; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Dominic who died May 23, 2016 and her brother Joseph Koczan.

Joan’s family will remember her as a very big Cleveland Indians fan who loved to socialize with her friends at Bob Evans and who was a care giver to all. Although she was feisty and intense she also was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44110 or Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village 15463 Chillicothe Rd. Russell Twp. OH 44072.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Clare Catholic Church. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Joan at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and 91) THURSDAY 4-8 PM.


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  1. Valentina France :

    Amanda you are in our thoughts sweetie . We love you honey xoxo ❤️uncle whitey and auntie t

  2. Denise Granakis & Family :

    Dear Anne and Family,

    Your mother was one of the kindest and most caring person I have known. She has touched all of our hearts and will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Jennie Cinadr :

    I am so so sorry to hear about your mom. I feel bad I just heard yesterday. I will always remember her as one of a the nicest people I had the privilege to know and work with. We spent so much time together at St Clare – lots of fun stories And all the breakfast at Bob Evens with Elenor and Nina I can’t believe they let us stay for hours Also your mom is the one who got Larry started in coaching something he will always be greatful for. She will be missed by so many. She touched so many people in her life. We were better people for knowing her. Love to you and yours

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