Rotterdam – Bernice “Bunny” J. Rossi, age 79, passed away after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital.
Bernice was born in Gerlach, Nevada on September 23rd, 1938. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Bernice and Jimmy Alexander.
Bernice was a 1956 graduate of Draper High School. She worked at General Electric and in the Mohonasen business office before opening her own hair salon, Headlines by Bunny.
For more than 60 years, Bernice was a committee member for her Draper High School class reunions.
The most fulfilling part of her life was her family. She was very involved in raising her 2 granddaughters, always helping with seamstress work and hair for their dance competitions. Bernice loved sports and was a devoted New York Yankees fan. She could also be found on many days in August at the Saratoga Racetrack with some of her best friends.
Bernice is predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, Charles Rossi whom with she shared over 40 years of marriage. She is also predeceased by her infant son, Michael Charles Rossi.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her loving daughter, Pam Pesta (Jim) and grandchildren, Siobhan O’Dwyer (Ken VanTilburg), Kiera O’Dwyer and Erika Pesta. She also leaves behind her brothers, George and Edward Barker, sister, Florence Cornetta, her sister-in-laws, Janet Ring and Liz Barker as well as several nieces and nephews and her dear cat, Marmalade.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 9:45-10:45am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1255 Pleasant St. in Schenectady. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11am. Interment will follow at St. Cyril and Method Cemetery in Rotterdam. Arrangements are entrusted to R.J. DeLuccia Funeral Service.
Bernice’s family wishes to give a special thank you to Dr. John Pezzulo and Dr. Gordan Kuhar for all of their support and motivation to never give up.
Contributions in Bernice’s name may be made to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302 or to a charity of one’s choice.