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Mary Theresa (Braukus) Rossi

| December 27, 2020 1:00 AM

Mary Theresa (Braukus) Rossi was born in Pottsville, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1938. At a very young age, her family moved to Wallace, Idaho, where she attended Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. While in high school, "Teddy" became an accomplished pianist, winning several awards.

After graduation, she attended the College of Great Falls in Montana, the Columbus Hospital School of Nursing. Her certificate in radiological technology in 1958 secured her a position as an x-ray tech with Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

During this time she met her husband, Thomas Frances Rossi, with whom she would spend the next 42 years in their home in Juanita (Kirkland) Wash. They had two daughters, and Teddy was an active volunteer in their school and extracurricular activities. She loved family - with a special place for a multitude of family pets - and spent time traveling, crafting and gardening.

The Catholic Church was a source of support for her throughout her life. She was known for her kindness and generosity to neighbors, friends and the many causes she cared about.

Teddy was preceded in death by her husband, Tom (August 2004); her brother, Bob (June 2020); sister-in-law, Jane (December 2018); her parents, Joseph and Anna; and her in-laws, Edward and Anna. She is survived by her children Kristine “Kris” Rossi Rumpf (Bill Rumpf) and Kendra “Kendy” Rossi (Sydni Neves); her stepson, Brian Rossi (Angie); her niece and nephew, Susan Braukus Hempstead and Greg Braukus (Kathryn) and their families. In lieu of funeral services, you may view her memorial site at

Remembrances may be made in her name to any of the following: American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Seattle Humane Society or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.