Anita Navarra Rossi

03/20/1932 - 09/26/2021


Obituary For Anita Navarra Rossi

Anita Navarra Rossi of Rockford passed peacefully at home with her family on Sunday, September 26, 2021. She was born on March 20, 1932, in Rockford, the daughter of Ambrose and Josephine Navarra. She married Carlo Rossi on September 8, 1951, at St. Anthony’s Church. Anita and Carl just celebrated their 70th wedding Anniversary in September and were a model of committed love to all who knew them. She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Parish and was involved in multiple activities including Altar and Rosary Society and Young Seniors. Anita worked at a variety of jobs during her life but her first and most important calling was to her children and husband whom she treasured and who will miss her love and support in their everyday lives.

Survivors include her husband Carlo Rossi. Children: Carla (Michael) Connor, Karen (Bruce Nelson) Rossi, Kathi (Jim) Daley, Colette (Aaron) Luebke, and Rob (Kathryn) Rossi. Grandchildren: Ryan (Heather) Connor, Nicole (Shad) DeBoor, Justine (Billy) Aubuchon, Mitchell (Sarah) Luebke, Joshua Luebke, Nicholas Luebke, Anna, Maria, Thomas, and Theresa Rossi. Great Grandchildren: Zachary, Tyler, Nicolette, Gavin, and Garrett. Predeceased by her parents, brother Bill (Carol) Navarra. Great Grandchildren: Claire DeBoor, William Aubuchon, Baby Aubuchon, and Granddaughter-in-law Becca Luebke.

The family wishes to thank OSF Hospice and Senior Helpers for their Care during this difficult time.

Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2021, in St. Anthony of Padua Church 1010 Ferguson Street with the Franciscan Friars officiating. Entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 5 pm until 8 pm with rosary at 7:30 p.m Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Tony Gasparini Funeral Chapel, 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford. No visitation the morning of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of your choice. Express online condolences and full obituary at

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  • 11/08/2021

    Carlo, So sorry for your loss. Be assured of my continued thoughts and prayers. +Memory Eternal. Peace.

  • 10/27/2021

    Dear Carlo and Family, Our deepest heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Anita was one in a million and will be missed by everyone who knew her. May she Rest In Peace and may Our Lord comfort you with the knowledge of the wonderful life you afforded her and the beautiful family you raised together. Mary-Louise Gaziano/DeCastris and Family.

  • 10/02/2021

    Our condolences to the Rossi Family John & Theresa Leggero

  • 10/01/2021

    We have such fond memories of Anita. She was always a full of laughter and fun when we played bocce with her and Carl at St Ambrogio Club. Our heartfelt sympathies and loving prayers to Anita and her family. Patty and Ron Ingrassia from Florida

  • 10/01/2021

    My condolences to your family at this time. My parents knew Anita and Carl very well as did my grandparents, Gabriel and Louisa Giorgi. The Amedeo and Jean Giorgi family. (Kim Montalbano, Nancy and Raymond (Derksen)

  • 09/30/2021

    Dear Karen and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Though I did not know her personally, I am sure her care and love of family is evident in you Karen and your sibliings. May you find peace in her passing into God's loving hands! Judy Long

  • 09/30/2021

    Dave and I are sorry to hear that Anita died. How well I remember them visiting Carl's sister Agnes and family next door when we were younger. And how Dave and I visited Anita's family in Ferentino, Italy while on our honeymoon and her cousin sent us home on the plane with a gift for her - and we discovered that it was a desert when we got back home! In later years, Valeri's father, Val Eddy and husband Dave played bocce on the Ferentino team at St. Ambrogio Society. Its odd that we never got together when you were on Bohm and we were just up the road on Guilford. Our deepest condolences to all of the family and thank you for the memories of simpler, wonderful times.

  • 09/29/2021

    We share your sadness at Anita's passing, yet we know that she has already been welcomed to heaven by Ambrose & Josephine. Our families share a long and loving history and memories of life well-lived. Tom & Debby Luchetti

  • 09/29/2021

    Anita was like a 2nd mother to me and the Rossi's a second family as we lived next door to each other back on Bohm Avenue. Anita was the kindest, caring, compassionate, and loving person imaginable, but funny as well. There was always a place at the table for us kids and her cooking was amazing. But so too was her warm loving family who I know miss her terribly already. Saints walk among us and we rarely realize it, and Anita truly was one of those saints.

  • 09/28/2021

    The heartfelt sympathies and loving prayers to Anita and her family from the extended family of Enrico and Lucia DiTorrice. May they all enjoy their eternal time in heaven, watching over and waiting for all of us. God's blessings, Anita.

  • 09/28/2021

    Best Mother in law Ever, always giving her all to the Family. Rest in Peace Mom...Love Jim

  • 09/28/2021

    Great memories of Aunt Anita, a role model Mother, wife and of course Aunt. Great times I had growing up and playing with my cousins and endless sleepovers. Love you all and we will always remember her. Mike and Kris

  • 09/28/2021

    I will miss the laughter and our daily morning talks..I will treasure the memories we made,the friendship we shared,and the tears we shed..Rest in peace my best friend.. until we meet again..Love Comare Frannie

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