Noel Rossi, was born Noel Francis McCarthy to Dr. Cornelius and Francis McCarthy on December 22, 1938 in Bayonne, NJ. She was the third of five children. The McCarthy family’s strong bonds provided the foundation for the abundant love and compassion that Noel would have for humanity evermore. With guitar in-hand, singing a tune, Noel was always ready to make you laugh and sing along.
Noel began her schooling at St. Henry’s Elementary School in Bayonne, attended two years of high school at Holy Family Academy in Bayonne and after moving to Sparta, NJ, graduated from Newton High School. She then graduated from Seton Hall University, with a BA in Education, and taught for more than 30 years, retiring from Stillwater Elementary School. She became a Benedictine nun in 1957 and spent fourteen years in the order.
In 1971, she married her husband, Gary Rossi. They were blessed with three daughters, Ellyn, Mary Nealle and Liza and raised their beautiful family in Fredon, NJ. With her adoring husband, Noel spent thirty years dedicating their lives to creating a safe and loving home, always opening their hearts and their home to others in need. The house was a constant revolving door, filled with love, laughter and music. It is common knowledge that Noel was loved by all who met her and will be remembered for her loving nature.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Guerino (Gary) Rossi, her sister Marybeth Cookeand her brother, Cornelius McCarthy. Noel is survived by her sisters, Margaret Ellen (Midge) Glennon and her spouse Raymond, her sister Theresa (Terry) Hammler and her spouse Rich, by her daughters Ellyn DeCaro and her spouse, Chris, Mary Nealle Budd and her spouse Jason, Liza Rossi and her partner Cindy Stopha. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Maren, Myles and Quinn who she adored.
Services are planned for Saturday, April 24, 2021, with visitation from 10 am-12 pm and a Memorial service at 12 pm, at Cochran Funeral Home 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Masks are mandatory due to COVID restrictions. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Noel’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to https://www.marysplacebythesea.org/donation The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute: https://njlmti.org/donate/ Zoom Link is:
Topic: Rossi Memorial Service
Time: Apr 24, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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