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Noel F. Rossi December 22, 1938 - April 17, 2021

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:

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Time: Apr 24, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Christopher W says

    I’m so sorry for you. For everyone. The world has lost another good one.

    Love you Liza, Mary-nealle, Ellyn!

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    Anthony Rossi says

    To Aunt Noel I love you so much and you will be forever missed and you were always give a bright smile and full of happiness. You were an amazing person and Gary. You always make the day better and brighter. I will always remember you and when you came to my house to do laundry. You did a sign for my laundry and I love you and I adore you so much. You were always there for me and when I came to visit you in New Jersey and we went to ice cream and when I first came to Mares House and Mare and Jason’s Wedding and Ellyn and Chris’s wedding fun times. I love you xoxo and I miss you. Rest In Peace.

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      Evelyn Cornwell says

      I will remember “Miss McCarthy” on St. Patrick’s Day, and miss our Noel. I am so glad that she was a part of my life – a colleague, a neighbor, a friend! So many fortunate Stillwater 6th graders, who were invited to call call her Miss McCarthy for one day each year, grew as writers and responsible people during their year in her classroom! I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman.

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    Randy Rice says

    I will miss my little “Irish Munch-kin”. What a fun person to work with. The world is a lesser place without her. I am sorry for your loss,

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    Lucy and Bob says

    Bob and I send our condolences and love to all of you. We loved Noel, the kindest and most caring woman, , will remember her love and kindness ❤️

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    Lisa & Chris Madrid says

    21 years ago, we were met by smiling faces in a beautiful backyard, we walked into a home that was so filled with love that we instantly knew we were home. Noel & Gary welcomed us with open arms and we were blessed to get to know them through purchasing their home in Fredon. Rest in peace now wiith Gary dearest Noel, our prayers are with you and your lovely daughters

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    SPENCE says

    NOEY, WHAT CAN I SAY? THERE ARE SO MANY TIMES YOU MADE ME LAUGH.. YOU WERE SUCH A GOOD HOSTESS, WITH LOVE AND CARING FOR EVERYONE. YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOW GROWN UP AND HAVE THEIR OWN LIVES TO LIVE, I HOPE THEY KEEP THAT LOVE AND CARING GOING ON FOREVER. THAT’S WHAT MADE YOUR HOUSE A SPECIAL HOME. I THINK THE GIRLS WILL ALL AGREE WITH ME!!!!! GOD LOVE YOU..SPENCE

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    Debbie Rutcosky says

    To Noel’s Family, Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Noel. I loved going into her sixth grade home room in the morning. Mrs. Rossi read to her sixth grade students while they were preparing to start their day at Stillwater. Noel was a first class Teacher who loved teaching!!! How lucky were her students for receiving her wisdom. Noel was truly a role model who always had the time to listen to her students. What an Irish blessing!!!

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    David Peters says

    Sad by the news but was Blessed to have an Amazing time in class with this Awesome Woman. She kept me in line , taught me to raise my left lip and kept my attention in class (which was near impossible). She has been brought up over the last 42 yrs in conversations and yet we havent lived in NJ since 1985. To say this woman made an inpact on others is an understatement… Tho tears may run down our face , we wouldn’t be the same if we hadn’t met..
    I wish her family a peaceful heart.
    Always thought of , by many im sure
    RIP Teach

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