Betty Lorene Rossi


Betty Lorene Rossi, 88, died Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at Northfield Hospital, Northfield, Minn. Betty was born April 12, 1919, in Hokah, Minn., to Carl and Hazel (Schield) Hartman. She and her four siblings grew up on a lovely farm nestled in the bluffs of Hokah. Betty went on to earn a teaching degree from Winona State College in 1939. In 1942 she married Russel Rossi.

Betty’s love for teaching continued for 46 years. Later in life she went back to college in order to specialize in education for children with learning and behavioral disabilities. She became the head of Special Services for Goodview and Central Elementary School. Betty retired in 1985 at the age of 66. A passion for beauty manifested itself in elaborate gardens, poetry, piano playing and singing. It was a demonstration of her love for her family as she shared her adoration of nature and the arts.

Being an active member of the Central United Methodist Church was a major part of her life. She taught Sunday school and enjoyed her women’s circle. In 2003, Betty moved to the Northfield Care Center. She and her husband Russel were married for 64 years. Betty is survived by children, Lana (David) Vaughan, London, England; Brent (Karen), South Carolina; Linda Rossi, Northfield and Mark (Sharon), Elk River, Wis.; daughters-in-law Karen and Sharon; and son-in-law David; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Anita Palmquist of Houston, Minn.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Russel Rossi, sisters Ardelle and Eloise, brother Lyle and grandson Alexander.


Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 8, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, Winona with the Rev. David E. McBride, officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Winona.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church and a reception will follow the funeral service.

Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona.

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