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Carolyn Rossetti
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Carolyn S. (Naney) Rossetti, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 21 after a spirited five-month battle with a fairly uncommon and aggressive form of colon cancer. She passed peacefully in her sleep in her home surrounded by family.

Carol was born in Salem, MO on Oct. 24, 1947 and came to California with her parents at the age of 6 months. They settled in Escalon where she attended Dent Grammar School and Escalon High School. She was a good student, and in an era when girls were thought too delicate to play interscholastic sports, showed herself to be a good athlete in the intramurals that were allowed. She was also a member of the cheer squad and was a varsity song leader.

She earned an A.A. degree at Modesto Junior College before going to work at Market Wholesale in Modesto, now Bower Wholesale. Upon her marriage to Arthur Rossetti in September of 1968 she moved to Hayward where her husband was finishing his studies. She had her favorite employment there working as the only office person for a small chain of movie theatres. It was their sole means of support at the time. She came back to Escalon in 1970 and resumed her job at Market Wholesale, which was happy to have her back. She stayed there until the birth of her first child Jason in 1974. After that she did not work again until 1992 when she would work the grape crush at the old Petri Winery west of Escalon. Her last year there was 2002 when the winery was sold and the crushing operation was permanently shut down.

Her retirement years were tending to her many pets, traveling and doting over her grandchild. She and her brother Dale spent over two years taking care of their mother 24/7 so she wouldn't have to go in to a nursing home and could stay in her own house. Her favorite places to vacation were Pismo Beach, Disneyland and Hawaii.

Her main hobby over the last five years of her life was her granddaughter, Amelia. She also liked the arts and music, attending many concerts over the years and also many live theatre events, especially at the Gallo Center in Modesto, which she considered a blessing because she no longer had to travel to San Francisco to see cultural events.

Survivors include her husband Arthur Rossetti; her two children, Jason Rossetti of Manteca and Marisa Rossetti-Thomason of Livermore; her only grandchild, Amelia Rose Thomason; her brother Dale Steelman of Rancho Cordova; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Lee Naney and mother Buelah Naney.

Services were Sunday, Sept. 26 at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon.

Remembrances may be made in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society specifying it go to colon and liver cancer research.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Sept. 29, 2010