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Elizabeth Dei Rossi
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Elizabeth "Bette" Ann Dei Rossi, 83, of Ripon passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 8, 2012 in Modesto due to heart failure.

Born on Nov. 26, 1928 to Frank and Ann McPartland, she grew up and attended schools in Oakland, CA. She met her husband Walter Dei Rossi at a dance in San Francisco and they were married on April 16, 1950. During their 62 years of marriage they lived in San Francisco, Oakland, San Carlos, and Ripon.

During the last 23 years Bette and Walter lived in Ripon growing table grapes. Mrs. Dei Rossi would often work with her husband on the ranch harvesting the grapes early in the morning.

She was a quiet person who loved being with her family, people watching, eating ice cream, and traveling the world. She and her husband visited six continents and over 35 different countries. In her youth she was trained as a beautician and when her children were in school she worked as a teacher's aide in a special education classroom for the San Carlos School District.

Survivors include her loving husband Walter Dei Rossi; children, Gary Dei Rossi and his wife Kathy of Manteca, David Dei Rossi and his wife Cindy of Campbell, and Cathy Anderson and her husband Art of Ripon; grandchildren Kyle Dei Rossi and his wife Erica of Stockton, Stuart Anderson and his wife Leslie of Visalia, Matt Dei Rossi of Chico, Megan (Dei Rossi) Jagelka and her husband Eric of San Francisco, Kristen (Anderson) Cornista and her husband Mike of Box Elder, South Dakota, Kelsey Dei Rossi of San Jose and Steven Dei Rossi of Austin, Texas; and nine nieces and nephews.

All will miss her kind heart, gentle spirit and enduring strength.

A funeral mass was held on Wednesday, July 11 at St. Patrick's Church, 19399 E. Highway 120 in Ripon. A private gravesite ceremony was held at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo overlooking Half Moon Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the "Make a Wish" Foundation to provide a child the opportunity to go to Disneyland or Disney World where she loved to visit. Donations can be made via the internet or by phone at or 1-866-880-1382.

An online guest book is available for condolences at (Search Obituaries).

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 18, 2012